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Adjacent to hip Rush Street and within walking distance of popular attractions
The Waldorf Astoria is located on East Walton Street, around the corner from hip Rush Street and surrounded by popular bars and restaurants. It is one block from boutique shopping on Oak Street and two blocks from the high-end shopping on the Magnificent Mile. Also within walking distance are the Museum of Contemporary Art and Hancock Observatory.
The posh Gold Coast is a popular tourist destination, especially during the warmer months. Well-preserved Victorian townhouses and 19th-century buildings line the tree-shaded sidewalks of this affluent neighborhood, north of the Magnificent Mile. During the day, its beautiful buildings (which include the Playboy Mansion and Potter Palmer's lakeshore castle) attract tourists -- but not crowds -- and light traffic makes it a perfect place to take a relaxing walk far from busy downtown Chicago. Groups of young Chicagoans and tourists fill the neighborhood's trendy bars and popular clubs at night.
The Waldorf-Astoria offers top-of-the-line luxury in Chicago. With an intimate, boutique feel -- but all the amenities of a large hotel -- the 188-room Waldorf caters to leisure and business travelers. Sleek rooms feature neutral tones, contemporary furnishings, and gorgeous marble bathrooms that offer separate showers and soaking tubs, as well as TVs inset in the mirrors. Highlights include the upscale restaurant Balsan, a top-notch spa, and health club with extensive services and an indoor lap pool. Plus, the hotel's location in the swanky Gold Coast neighborhood puts it within walking distance of upscale shops, restaurants, and attractions.