TravelAug/Sep 2012 Issue

Your Kind of Town


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There are hundreds of hotels in the Chicago area. Downtown lodging can book up quickly during popular summer months and during big conventions that draw thousands to the city. Business travelers head to hotels in the Loop, close to many businesses. Leisure travelers will want to stay near North Michigan Avenue, the prime shopping and dining destination. Here are two well-regarded hotels in good locations. For others, check

The Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior St., 312-337-2888, 866-288-8889, is an elegant luxury hotel in an ideal location, just off Michigan Avenue. Exquisitely furnished, the hotel has top-notch service and accommodations. The Peninsula’s attention to detail and its emphasis on wellness extend to The Lobby restaurant, which offers vegan and gluten-free menus. For a true treat, try the elegant gluten-free or vegan afternoon tea service.

On a smaller scale, Hotel Palomar Chicago (505 N. State St., 312-755-9703, 877-731-0505, is a Kimpton Group boutique hotel with rooms that are comfortable and chic. Located in River North, just a couple of blocks north of the Chicago River and west of Michigan Avenue, the Palomar is close to many popular restaurants and nightlife options. The onsite restaurant, Sable Kitchen & Bar, accommodates guests by offering gluten-free options.

Both hotels are just a few blocks from Whole Foods Market (30 W. Huron St., 312-932-9600) and Trader Joe’s (44 E. Ontario St., 312-951-6369), where travelers can stock up on allergy-friendly cereal, snacks and sandwich fixings for inexpensive breakfast in their hotel room or to pack lunch to go for the kids.

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