You may face a dilemma very soon after checking in at Chicago’s boutique Hotel Monaco. On one hand, there are the welcoming, chic rooms, a staple of Kimpton properties—think comfy, colorful built-in window seats, made for drinking in city and river views, plush animal-print his and hers robes and, lest loneliness strikes, company in the form of a sunny goldfish in a mini aquarium. No reason to leave, right? But then you’d miss such touches as the stylings of Chef Roger at South Water Kitchen, where he uses fresh picks from the hotel’s own herb garden to layer flavors into sweet and savory dishes like the grilled peach flatbread—made before you at the central wood burning stove—and to infuse drinks with fresh tastes. After, take advantage of the courtesy bikes and do some exploring of such nearby attractions as Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile (225 N Wabash Ave., Chicago; 866-610-0081).
–Kym Allsion Backer