Five Star Hotels and Restaurants
Dana Hotel and Spa
660 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60611
"dana" is the pleasure of giving—and the very foundation of Chicago's newest 216-room boutique hotel and spa. A space bathed in natural light—open, airy and inviting. Where a passion for hospitality inspires the utmost in genuine service. Tucked away within the frenetic city that surrounds it, this luxury boutique hotel and spa evokes a vibe that isn't about seeing and being seen—only about living in the moment. At the Dana Hotel and Spa, giving is our pleasure, and it's this fundamental, yet profound principle that we practice daily. Located across the street from watchLAB Studios. Book here for the watchLAB exclusive rate.
15 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611
If you've never been one for convention, ACME HOTEL is the right choice for you in downtown Chicago. Located 2 ½ blocks from the Magnificent Mile in the River North neighborhood, ACME is downtown Chicago's all new lifestyle boutique hotel alternative. If you appreciate an eye for design and dig a high-tech vibe, you'll feel right at home. We'd like to call ourselves cool, or hip, because we are, but that just feels like bragging. But mostly, ACME is what we consider approachable - in more ways than one. The fact is, we want your experience at ACME to blow your mind, not your budget. Go ahead... find yourself another tab and prepare to be bowled over. Book here for the watchLAB exclusive rate.
The James Hotel
55 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611
The James is a brand of ideally situated, residentially styled luxury boutique hotels, as embodied in its first property, The James Chicago. Representing the very best of what Chicago downtown hotels have to offer, it delivers an artful blend of hand-crafted design, seamlessly intuitive service and personalized comfort. Located on Ontario Street, right off the Magnificent Mile, this Mag Mile hotel is just minutes away from Chicago's world renowned shopping, dining and nightlife destinations, as well as its celebrated cultural institutions.
Restaurant and Bars
2 West Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Designed to feel like a penthouse party at your coolest friend's posh pad, this indoor-outdoor bar hopes to evoke a cocktail-party vibe. Outside, expect a glass perimeter giving way to city views and a fire pit to extend the alfresco season, plus curvy wood benches and movable ottomans on which to perch. Besides the sleek open area filled with leather couches and shiny silver side tables, two tucked-away nooks caught our attention: the dim-lit screening room, which will play retro flicks, and the communal bathroom area, where you can ask for a date over the Dyson hand dryers. And if you hate yelling your drink order to a bartender in front of a bar that's three people deep, you'll love the the procedure here. Vertigo has forgone the traditional bar in lieu of table service and waitresses pushing club carts of seasonal specialty drinks.
201 North State Street Chicago, IL 60601
This indoor-outdoor space on the top of theWit hotel boasts multiple bars, fun fire features and an impressive glass-enclosed extension from the roof housing a table for eight. Gather at communal tables to share small plates such as roasted artichokes with almonds, tuna crudo and roasted lamb chops with mint-spiked yogurt. Or stake out a space on the sofa to sip a glass of wine from the Eurocentric wine list or specialty cocktails such as a hibiscus margarita or a Jalisco old-fashioned, made with reposado tequila, agave nectar and orange and cinnamon bitters. A DJ spins everything from Bossa Nova to house, amping up the beats to transition from happy hour to late-night revelry. A weekend brunch menu mirrors the small plates menu served during the evening hours, with dishes such as citrus-topped crostini, homemade doughnuts and a frittata studded with short ribs.