Chicago stands on the shores of Lake Michigan in the state of Illinois, drawing its name from an Indian word meaning 'strong' or 'great'. This is a city of firsts and world records: it is home to America's oldest skyscrapers, is the birthplace of America's finest writer, Ernest Hemingway, and it is where America's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, once lived. Whilst largely undeserving of its nickname, 'The Windy City', Chicago is, nevertheless, rather brisk during the winter months and the gales, snow and low temperatures keep most sensible people indoors. Whatever the weather, however, there is so much to do in Chicago. 'Magnificent Mile' is a shopaholic's paradise full of swanky boutiques and irresistible department stores and there are also some fascinating art galleries and museums. Why not visit the Sears Tower, with its awe-inspiring 110 floors and 103rd floor skydeck observatory?
Every Friday and Saturday night the lobby transforms into a sophisticated chocolate bar. 'Chocolate at The Pen' is the ideal accompaniment to 'Jazz at the Pen', but due to their popularity, it is essential to book for both events.
Spa & Wellness
The 14,000ft² Peninsula Spa by ESPA features conversation-stopping vistas of Lake Michigan and the Gold Coast from its floor-to-ceiling windows and a selection of holistic therapies.