THE ALISE CHICAGO: HISTORIC HOTEL WITH A PLAYFUL VIBE–AND CUPCAKES

Pineapple Hospitality Group is a small boutique-hotel chain you should know. The family-owned hotelier, founded in 2011 and based in Bellevue, Wash., operates eight unique hotels in prime locations across the country. Seven are on the West Coast; the newest is a Midwestern property–The Alise Chicago. The hotels are different but significant architecturally, and they […]

FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO: LUXE SHOPPING WHEN YOU’RE STUCK AT O’HARE

One thing I love about flight delays is having plenty of time to browse the airport shops. But at O’Hare International Airport, you’re not limited to the concourse merchants. Take a shuttle to nearby Fashion Outlets of Chicago and you’ll find more than 130 designer outlet stores, an impressive art collection and high-end amenities. The […]

PALMER HOUSE CHICAGO: HOME OF THE LEGENDARY BROWNIE

You’ve probably been eating Brownies all your life. These chewy, chocolate-y confections are a classic American dessert staple. But you may not know they originated at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. It was Bertha Palmer, wife of hotelier Potter Palmer, who charged the pastry kitchen to create something different and amazing for […]

INTERCONTINENTAL CHICAGO IS HISTORIC YET MODERN

The InterContinental Chicago is the only luxury, historic hotel whose doors open directly onto the Magnificent Mile section of the famed Michigan Avenue. It was built in 1929 as a private luxury athletic club and, after undergoing several ownership changes, introduced in 1990 with the InterContinental brand. Its 792 guest rooms, all recently renovated, overlook […]