With its many fashion boutiques and coffee shops, not to mention the charming old Polish Cathedrals, Lincoln Park is an upscale, cosmopolitan part of Chicago that's a delight to wander. The Chicago History Museum showcases vintage Americana, and then of course there's the park itself. Facing Lake Michigan, it offers beaches, wildlife trails and Lincoln Park Zoo, where you can see gorillas and polar bears free of charge.
A quaint suburb embodying the traditional charm of old-time America, Lombard is a far cry from the urban sprawl of the inner-city Chicago. It's known for its annual Lilac Festival and parade, and for the "Little Orphan Annie" house, where the red-headed character was dreamt up by Harold Gray. The nearby village of Oak Brook is even more idyllic, and known for its golf courses and polo club.
Forming part of the always bustling Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile is THE place to shop in Chicago. Swanky boutiques, upmarket department stores, and smart restaurants make it a must-visit, and landmarks to look out for include the epic Wrigley Building and the Chicago Water Tower, one of the few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The nearby River North district is famed for its many art galleries.
Home to the Civic Opera House, the Goodman Theater, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where American masterpieces can be found alongside Old Masters, the Loop is worth visiting just for the streets alone. Look up at some of the USA's most celebrated skyscrapers and the elevated trains hurtling along the "L", and then there's Grant Park – a gorgeously landscaped expanse with the huge Buckingham Fountain at its center.
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Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 13, 2012
My first trip to Chicago for business and the hotel was perfectly located right in the heart of town. Convinient for both business and sight-seeing to my reckoning. I did feel that the room layout was a bit cramped though. Overall good stay experience for me.
"The staff here are the real stars"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 16, 2012
This is a great place to stay with your family. The breakfast is great and dinner is served from Mon-Thurs. It is within walking distance to many great eateries. Michigan Avenue is within a short walk. Hot beverages are available throughout the day. Rooms are clean. However, the real stars that make this place stands out is the people who run it. Everyone makes it a point to go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one. Special mention goes to the bellhops. The staff will brave the rain, cold and traffic to get us a cab and since we have 6 in the family, they have to get us a mini van. Amer is a gem.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Apr 30, 2012
The Silversmith really is a great place to stay. The service staff were helpful and courteous at all times of the day, and the room I received was large, well-maintained and clean. Plus, free Wifi! In addition, the location of the Silversmith is excellent; it is just a block away from Millennium Park, the 'Bean' and the Chicago Art Museum, as well as shops such as Macy's, Sears and Old Navy. The El station is also at the doorstep, which means it's only a few minutes to the Magnificent Mile. Downside - there is no view, and there is the occasional sound of the El train passing, neither of which had any impact on my stay.