The Langham Hotel is an ideal destination for a couple’s getaway or a family vacay.
By Rachel Naud
VIEWS FROM the 12th floor of Chicago’s Langham Hotel are nothing short of spectacular. The panoramic picture of one of America’s most architecturally stunning cities, coupled with the winding Chicago River and vast Lake Michigan is so mesmerizing that one can while away a morning
simply sipping a coffee, enjoying the sights and striking up a conversation with other club members staying at the Langham Hotel. The casual vibe in this luxurious setting is what entices visitors worldwide to stay at the hotel, which is perfect for either a romantic getaway for two or a family vacation with your teen.
WHERE IT IS
Located in the heart of Chicago on North Wabash Ave, the hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s main attractions, including Millennium
Park (home of the famous ‘Bean’), the Magnificent Mile (a shopper’s dream) and the historic Navy Pier (perfect for a day of fun with the family).
THE LANGHAM CLUB
For an extra $100 per person/per day, any visitor can be part of the Langham Club. While families travelling with teens might think this privilege will break the travel budget, there is good news—children 17 and younger are complimentary. But, whether you’re travelling as a duo or experiencing a family getaway, the extra money is well worth it.
Privileges that come with a club stay include private registration at arrival and departure, a delicious breakfast buffet, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails and appetizers. For those who like to read and/or work with a view, the writer’s corner in the 3,000 square-foot lounge is fitted with a small library of books as well as two computer workstations. In addition, families can book their own private movie theatre where they can enjoy a selection of family-friendly flicks that the hotel has on-site. And that’s not even the best part.
Hands down, one of the most luxurious aspects of the Langham Club is that it comes with a personalized butler service. These poised and helpful professionals are there to ensure your stay is perfect, offering up exclusive services such as figuring out your travel times and logistics, helping with luggage repairs and even drawing you a warm bath after a day of walking in the windy city.
Whether you’re part of the club or not, visitors have access to all of the Langham’s amenities including a 67-foot swimming pool, hot tub, health club and Chuan Spa.
Fitness enthusiasts can start their day in a group exercise class or sweat it out solo on one of the onsite gym’s 28 cardio and strength-training machines.
After a good workout, soak those muscles in the luxurious hot tub or treat yourself to a signature massage at the Chuan Spa.
You can’t help but be impressed by the suites at the Langham, which are ideal for families. The Classic Suite offers up privacy and convenience with a living room fitted with a large TV, pullout couch/bed and sitting area. In the adjoining room, the over-sized master bedroom has a sink-into soft king-sized bed, large TV and is attached to the master bathroom, which is as luxurious as they come.
Whether a romantic getaway for two or a memory-making family vacay, the Langham Chicago will surely inspire. But be prepared: when your stay is up, it’ll be hard to say goodbye to this home away from home. ■
For an unforgettable trip, don’t miss the following:
❑ THE SHEDD AQUARIUM. The largest indoor aquarium in the world, with more than 8,000 aquatic animals, the Shedd Aquarium boasts everything from tropical fish to dolphins and beluga whales. sheddaquarium.org
❑ THE NAVY PIER. A Chicago landmark, the Navy Pier was originally used for shipping. Today, it is a tourist hotspot complete with shops, restaurants, rides and more. navypier.com
❑ MILLENNIUM PARK. This public park in the heart of Chicago is the perfect place for people-watching and, of course, getting a selfie with the famed “Bean.” It’s also an ideal destination to check out exhibits, concerts, architecture and more. cityofchicago.org
❑ ARCHITECTURE CRUISE. Chicago is home to some of the world’s finest architecture. For a glimpse of the city’s stunning buildings and to get an overview of what made Chicago famous as the birthplace of the skyscraper, don’t miss this 75-minute historical lesson down the Chicago River. shorelinesightseeing.com/architecture-tours/
❑ GIORDANO’S PIZZA. The wait is long but well worth it once you dig into this delicious deep dish. With locations all over Chicago, Giordano’s regularly tops the Best Pizza Lists with its filling, indulgent pies. giordanos.com