16 Fabulous One-Stop Weekend Escapes
Chicago: Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
A spectacular $128 million restoration has put the Beaux Arts sheen back on this South Michigan Avenue property that once hosted presidents. The renovation preserved the public spaces' rich styling and gave 332 rooms hip touches such as Eames-style chairs.
Don't miss the restaurant: At Mercat a la Planxa, Catalan dishes spring from the menu like Spanish dancers. Standouts include gambas con garbanzos (flatbread with shrimp, chorizo and chickpea puree) or, for dessert, croquetas de xocolata (crunchy chocolate shells filled with warm chocolate-caramel sauce) (312) 447-0955.