HOL­I­DAY AWAY FROM HOME

Whether you’re look­ing to ice skate in the sky, in­dulge in five-star din­ing, or sim­ply re­lax and un­wind, The Penin­sula Chicago—one of the city’s most pres­ti­gious ho­tels—of­fers prime lodg­ings and a se­ries of win­ter events to keep spir­its high.

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If you can’t fathom spend­ing your hol­i­days on a trop­i­cal is­land (no mat­ter how much you yearn for par­adise, the idea of a white Christ­mas holds you home), The Penin­sula Chicago of­fers the per­fect com­pro­mise. A stone’s throw from Mag­nif­i­cent Mile—the city’s lux­ury shop­ping area, with high-end bou­tiques like Louis Vuit­ton, Chanel, and Cartier—the iconic prop­erty is the ideal hol­i­day-away-from-home; its lav­ish five-star lodg­ings are merely the be­gin­ning. The ho­tel’s hol­i­day-themed agenda kicks off with a spe­cial Christ­mas tree light­ing cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 27, where guests seated for Af­ter­noon Tea can watch as the lobby is trans­formed into a glit­ter­ing spec­ta­cle of lights. By mak­ing a do­na­tion to the ho­tel’s char­ity ef­fort, on­look­ers can par­tic­i­pate by hang­ing an or­na­ment of their choos­ing on the tree.

With re­cently re­vamped guest suites, pa­trons will in­stantly feel at ease. De­signer Bill Rooney lent a keen eye to the prop­erty, up­dat­ing its dé­cor to re­flect the con­stantly evolv­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign scene in Chicago, with ac­cents crafted in lux­u­ri­ant leathers, op­u­lent fab­rics, and fine wood. Hand-embroidered silk art dec­o­rates the walls, be­spoke chi­naware by Bernar­daud en­sures that meals ar­rive in style, and Jean-Jac­ques Por­ret’s bronze sculp­tures serve as a cen­tre­pieces in var­i­ous suites. Newly im­ple­mented in-room tech­nol­ogy lets guests ad­just the light­ing and tem­per­a­ture of their suite, book sigh­see­ing tours, and or­der room ser­vice all on the touch-screen tablet.

Guests can also par­take in an evening skate on the ho­tel’s charm­ing Sky Rink—an out­door ice rink si­t­u­ated be­tween the soar­ing sky­scrapers. If a night on the town is more your style, the prop­erty’s Keys to the City pro­gram of­fers ex­clu­sive ac­cess to VIP ex­pe­ri­ences, like a pri­vate tour through the kitchen of a Miche­lin-star restau­rant, house seats at the lat­est Broad­way mu­si­cals, and ac­cess to a daz­zling ce­les­tial show at the ob­ser­va­tory—all of which will make the visit to this cos­mopoli­tan city one to re­mem­ber. Visit penin­sula.com/chicago for more in­for­ma­tion.

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