The view of Chicago’s skyline and the Wrigley Building clock tower, in conjunction with the overall ambiance and level of service, is stellar.
Hotelier Jason Pomeranc has transported his cutting-edge style and élan from the East Coast to the West thanks to his growing Thompson Hotels empire (the group has outposts in NYC as well as Washington, D.C., and Beverly Hills). His latest venture is Chicago’s revamped Hotel Sax in the center of the Windy City’s downtown. Kitted-out with eclectic, color-punched décor, the Sax offers a soothing urban retreat revved up by its proximity to the House of Blues and the 10 Pin Bowling Lounge. “Chicago is a new frontier for us,” notes the New York native. “And we couldn’t be more excited.” Next up: Toronto.
Best Place for a Business Breakfast: Sixteen
The restaurant is on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower. The view of Chicago’s skyline and the Wrigley Building clock tower, in conjunction with the overall ambiance and level of service, is stellar. Sixteen simply exudes power and presence.
Best Place to get a Massage/Spa Treatment: Penninsula Spa by ESPA
I’m a big fan of holistic therapy when it comes to massages, and The Peninsula Spa by ESPA at The Peninsula Chicago offers one of the best holistic treatments I have ever had. It is relaxing and invigorating, and the setting couldn’t be more soothing.
Best Art Museums to Visit: Museum of Contemporary Art / Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago’s museums really do demonstrate a fusion of traditional European design and streamlined industrialization. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago is fantastic, but my top choice is the Museum of Contemporary Art. artic.edu, mcachicago.org It houses one of the most comprehensive collections of international contemporary art in the world and is a must-see. It’s an ideal stage on which to view sculpture, painting and forms of new media.
Best Power Lunch Spot: RL Restaurant
The location of RL Restaurant next to the flagship Ralph Lauren store on Michigan Avenue is central and ideal for meetings, and the sharp, clublike design exudes a sense of comfort and charm. The menu is extensive and the food consistently delicious. Definitely try the Club Monaco Club or the Riff Raff salad.
Best Place for After-work Cocktails: The Gage
The Gage near Millennium Park is an easy choice. It has a laidback appeal, but takes its cocktail and culinary choices seriously. The bar scene tends to be pretty active, so the atmosphere never feels dull or disengaging.
Best Place to Stay: Hotel Sax
Thompson’s Hotel Sax, of course! I really enjoy being a guest in my own hotels: It allows me to put myself in the guests’ shoes and see what we are doing right, what we need to improve.