Letter from North America: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS


The air is crisper and the playful days of summer have become recent memories. I am more than happy to warm up to autumn and all the fun of the season. Writing you from Chicago, where—in a few months, things will definitely be a bit colder. The coolest thing about this city is how walkable it is and the LondonHouse Chicago has me smack in the middle of everything. My suite has views of Michigan Avenue and the river. As the sun sets and the temps drop, I am in my robe and snuggled up to my floor-to-ceiling window, dreaming up stories about the world outside my window and the imagining tales about the lives beneath my feet. I stayed in on night one, but then, after a day of checking out the city’s must-see sights and the hotel’s architecture, venturing farther into the city wasn’t necessary. The hotel is a marvel, melding classical architecture that North Michigan Avenue is known for, with the new 22-story glass tower that was added to this icon’s by her newest owners.

I tell a different story on day two, however. It was Sunday morning and I was more than ready, and rested, for my Chicago Bears football game. When I say LondonHouse is perfectly situated, I kid you not. We left our room and strolled right down to Soldier Field and watched my friend Prince Amukamara play the game of American football with joy and heart. Capping off the day, after leaving the crowds behind, I remembered the hotel’s rooftop where I can see Chicago from a vantage point like never before. These sweeping views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and the Magnificent Mile are unparalleled. The vibe, the views, the people all make this place my new place to do sunsets whenever I am in town. LH on 22 is a must, whether you are a guest at the hotel or not, you owe this to yourself.

I have to get back to ordering dinner now at Ocean Prime, but will write more later. My choices tonight are between filet mignon and lobster. The struggle is more than real looking over this fantastic new menu. Please enjoy the season and when you make it to Chicago, put LondonHouse on your list of places to stay or visit, and be sure to try all the Swanky Retreats recommendations. You’ll thank us for them.

All the very best,
Peta Phipps



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