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Dana Hotel and Spa, Chicago, Illinois 
$$$$

660 N. State Street

Chicago, Illinois 60610
United States

Tel: 888 301 3262 (toll-free)

Tel: 312 202 6000

Hyper-stylish and bathed in natural light and textures, most rooms in the 26-story high-rise have floor-to-ceiling windows lasciviously exposed (should you opt not to use the blackout curtains) to neighboring offices and condos. The vibe is simultaneously spare and plush, with industrial-cement ceilings, ribbed wallpaper, indecently comfortable beds, and metallic velour textiles. All rooms have spa-inspired bathrooms and the latest gadgetry, including fully stocked wine chillers. The spa, booked solid on weekends, offers a greatest hits menu of moderately priced massages, facials, and wraps. The Dana has a choice location between North Michigan Avenue and the River North dining and gallery district, but reserve a table if you want to go to its duplex steak and sushi restaurant, Ajasteak, a new neighborhood hot spot. The rooftop Vertigo Sky Lounge has a glassed-in bar and an outdoor fire pit where the city's remaining smokers can light up with impunity.
When to go: Year-round.
Which room to book: Nirvana Suites, designed as pied-à-terres, have kitchens, dining tables, balconies, and cocktail party-sized spa showers with multiple jets.
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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