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The Best Chicago Websites
The World Wide Web makes vacation planning simple . These Chicago-based
sites pr ovide up -to-date listings on ev erything fr om r estaurants t o walk ing
tours. is y our best bet f or c omprehensive t ourism
information on hot els, special pr omotions, and cit ywide ev ents fr om the
Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau (and & 877/CHICAGO [244-2246]
also happens to be the phone number for the bureau's tourism information
line). is the Chicago Tribune 's entertainment-oriented site. is a c ollaboration bet ween the New-
berry Librar y and the Chicago H istorical S ociety that is chock -full of fun
facts and useful inf ormation about our cit y's history, architecture, and the
lives of some of our cit y's famous and infamous personalities . off ers r eviews of r estaurants, bars , sho ws,
and shops.
• Two good general sit es ar e ( Chicago O ffice of
Tourism) and (Illinois Bureau of Tourism).
Best N eighborhood H otel: Childr en
12 and under stay fr ee at Best Western
Hawthorne Terrace Hotel, 3434 N.
Broadway ( & 888/401-8781 ). Rooms
in this small hotel (just 59 r ooms and
junior suites) hav e refrigerators, micro-
waves, and irons. Best of all, par king is
a bargain at $20 a day—about half the
going rate at Chicago
its small size—and sense of whimsy—to
cater to kids. Hotel B urnham, 1 W.
Washington, at S tate S treet ( & 877/
294-9712 ), keeps wee ones entertained
with special offers for tea at American
Girl Place Cafe and deals at the muse-
ums and theaters. D uring holidays,
you'll find special activities in the hotel
lobby, including decorating gingerbread
men at Christmas and hunting for eggs
at Easter. Diaper bags, cribs, highchairs,
changing tables, and mor e are available
upon r equest. R ooms ar e clubb y but
glamorous, with plush beds, mahogany
writing desks, and chaise longues—
even the family pet is w
's do wntown
hotels. See p. 104.
Best Views: This isn't an easy call. The
astounding altitude offer ed b y the
Trump International Plaza Hotel and
Towe r, 401 N. Wabash ( & 877/458-
7867 ), plus its riv erside per ch, make
this hotel a str ong new contender. But
consider sev eral other hotels for their
mix of lake and city vie ws: Four S ea-
sons H otel Chicago (p . 84), The
Drake (p . 89), the Ritz-Carlton
Chicago (p. 88), and Park Hyatt Chi-
cago (p. 86).
When H ipness I s I mportant: A hip
hotel that's known for romance is using
elcome. S ee
p. 79.
When Price Is No Object: The atten-
tion to detail, r egal pampering, and
well-connected concierges you will find
at both the ultralux e Ritz-Carlton
Chicago, 160 E. P earson St. ( & 800/
621-6906; p . 88), and Four S easons
Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Place
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