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In the middle of thriving downtown Chicago's The Loop, just a short walk from various attractions
Located in the heart of it all, this W Hotel places guests just a short walk from Chicago must-sees like the Sears Tower, the Civic Opera House, and the Magnificent Mile. Consequently, there are plenty of things to do within a short walk -- restaurants, bars, and staples in Chicago tourism included.
The Loop, the city's main business district, is the heart of downtown Chicago. Many of the things first-time visitors will have on their to-do list are inside the boundaries of The Loop -- Grant Park, futuristic Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain, the Theatre District, and even Chicago's oldest restaurant, the Berghoff.
The 368-room W City Center features a funky blend of neoclassical and modern design styles: It has the beautiful marble and grandness of Beaux-Arts architecture, but with a dark, fantastical twist. Although some may find the disco-themed lobby (neon-lit desks included) exciting and young, others may think it's a bit over-the-top. Rooms are also contemporary, with modern lamps and faux-fur throws on the beds, as well as up-to-date technology, including large flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. The on-site restaurant — aptly named IPO as nod to the hotel's location in Chicago's financial district — serves chef Trevor Hoyte's so-called New Urban cuisine, a whimsical and intriguing bevy of dishes such as his chocolate and popcorn dessert with peaches, mint, brown butter, and corn sorbet. The Living Room area is popular for afterwork drinks and small bites with the 9 to 5 crowd. With a great downtown location, close to various shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions, the W Chicago - City Center is a great pick for young couples and professionals seeking a true cosmopolitan experience.