A Deluxe New Lodging Lands On Michigan Avenue

Old World ease meets New World commerce at Le Meridien Chicago, the new luxury hotel in the heart of the Windy City’s tony and touristy Magnificent Mile. The U.K.-based chain outfits 311 rooms in French decor, downy beds, deep-soaking tubs, and, in the suites, balconies far above the urban bustle. In-room electronics and a location atop the new Shops at North Bridge connect guests to the city that hustles. Relax in the 88-seat Euro-style bistro or on the seasonal Lobby Bar terrace overlooking Michigan Avenue — restorative quarters where you can drop after you shop. Rooms from $250. (312) 645-1500,