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onsitereview O C T O B E R 2 0 12 “Hard Rock” Chicago-Style Rock Out in the Windy City Platinum King guestroom. TAYLOR HARKER taylor harker Top: Platinum king guestroom. Right: Chicago’s cityscape. Stretch limos, box seat concert tickets, and a never-ending parade of live music at clubs and bars ‘til 4 a.m.—far more than just another touristy destination, Chicago offers much for the rock star at heart. And after spending a few days pretending we were rock stars ourselves, we’re happy to show you the ins and outs of a musically themed trip to America’s Windy City. late nights If your clients are really into the all-night music scene, Chicago offers a ton of bars, clubs and holes-in-the-wall that are just famous enough to warrant at least one song (and one drink) before heading home. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we’d better recommend somewhere to stop for a bite to eat first (only the hardest partiers would start a night on an empty stomach). We recommend Untitled, a fabulous speakeasy-type restaurant and lounge that calls upon the prohibition of the 1920s. Note its location (at 111 West Kinzie), because in true speakeasy style, there is no sign above the door to call any attention to the free-flowing alcohol and jazz that awaits in this basement hideaway. After filling up there (they offer a delicious full dinner menu), point your clients to a show at the Chicago Theater or The Vic. The first, a staple for entertain26 march 2013 26-77 NA HR Chicago.indd 26 ment of all types, offers plush cozy seating in a historic setting, while The Vic is a standing room only-type venue, great for dancing during high-energy tunes and swaying for ballads. Nightcaps call to Mother Hubbard’s (sports pub), Paris Club (nightclub), the Old Town Ale House (proud dive bar), and Mother’s (pub, dancing, karaoke and more), each famous in its own right, and each equally as likely to have your clients out ‘til dawn. sleep it off When you’re taking a rock ’n’ roll tour through Chicago, you’ve got only one option for accommodations. Say it with us: the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. And if there’s anything that Hard Rock knows well, it’s how to provide an incredible music-based experience. The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago (from $299 per night) and its 381 guestrooms and suites reside quite comfortably within the historic 40-story Carbide and Carbon building. Built in the 1920s to be one of the city’s most lavish and extravagant structures of its time, the building’s exterior was done up in green-tinted terra cotta with gold accents, in a shape that looks strikingly like a bottle of champagne—pretty fitting for a Hard Rock property. Without a continued on page 76 2/20/13 11:58 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend March 2013

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Travel Indochina
Safaris in Southern Africa
Un-Cruise Adventures in Alaska
Alaska is Celebrating in 2013
"Hard Rock" Chicago-Style: Rock out in the Windy City
Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Planner
Girldfriends' Getaway at Eden Roc, Miami Beach
Kyushu: The Rising Sun of Japanese Destinations
The New All-Inclusives in Jamaica Claim Their Turf
RIU Punta Cana
Costa Rica: A Trio of Detours
Touring Central & Eastern Europe

Recommend March 2013