Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 19, 2017
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Chicago sleeps that are homey and historic

The Loop
Like staying in the thick of things? Consider, the Silversmith Hotel and Suites in the business centre, which is also home to Grant Park and a handful of museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History and the John G. Shedd Aquarium, not to mention Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio. Designed in 1897 by D. H. Burnham and Company (they designed notable properties like the Flatiron Building in NYC), the building served the jewellery and silver trade and stands on what is still called "Jeweller's Row." Constructed during the Arts and Crafts Movement, the building's exterior is a mix brick, red terra-cotta and dark-green, glazed terra-cotta. Inside, the entry hall features a marble mosaic and the grand staircase is made of cast iron and marble. There are 143 rooms, some accommodating up to four, and 63 suites. All have double glazed windows (that can open) to help muffle the sound of the El train. High-season rates between March and June, and September and December range from US$159 and US$399. Exclusive to our readers: book a stay before December 31 and receive 10 percent off the best available rate at the time. The code to reserve online is Corporate/Promotion code DRM. Kids and pets are welcome. (312) 372-7696; www.silversmithchicagohotel.com .


Gold Coast
The Gold Coast Guest House is located in one of Chicago's most opulent neighbourhoods 10minutes from the city's "Magnificent Mile" of shops. Here, historic mansions reside alongside lively bars, restaurants and stores. Built in 1873, the townhouses' claim to fame is its ceiling-high window that looks out onto the B&Bs lush, private, walled garden with patio seating - the perfect spot to enjoy some peace, quiet and shade in summer. The B&B, which has been in business for 14 years, has four guestrooms, which feature a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings. All have their own bathrooms. There's access to Wi-Fi throughout, including in the garden. Caution: access to some of the rooms is via a long spiral staircase so if you've got knee or mobility problems (or lots of luggage!) consider yourself warned. High-season rates April through November range from US$179 to US$229, including breakfast. Kids 10 and up are welcome. (312) 337-0361; www.bbchicago.com .


Gold Coast
Built as a block of five grey stones in 1892, the Flemish House is the last one standing. Before it opened as a B&B in 1998, it was completely renovated, but the best of the old was spared. After all, one of its innkeepers is an architect, the other a real-estate appraiser. The B&B's exterior façade is Flemish Revival in style and was the inspiration behind its name. Inside, the décor is a mix of Arts and Crafts and Victorian: fireplaces, decorative molding and lots and lots of wood. All seven studios and suites have bathrooms, full kitchens and access to Wi-Fi. High-season rates in May, June, September and October start at US$200, double occupancy. Minimum night stays are required. Kids six and up welcome. (312) 664-9981; www.innchicago.com .

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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