CHICAGO: Just outside of town, the new DORAL EAGLEWOOD CONFERENCE RESORT & SPA blends business and pleasure with a Prairie-style campus surrounded by 18 holes of golf and, come April, a 10,000-square-foot spa. Wood and stone appointments enliven 42 conference rooms. When the day is done, gather around the three-story limestone fireplace or at pool tables in the casual tavern. From $119. (877) 285-6150,

ST. LOUIS: The city’s 1917 vintage Statler Hotel, given a head-to-toe rework and a new addition, recently debuted as the new RENAISSANCE GRAND HOTEL, a 918-room downtown inn across the street from America’s Center convention hall. Expect a fully modern stay wrapped in historic style, from the high-ceilinged lobby and grand staircase to the ornate rooftop ballroom. Rooms from $99. (800) 397-1282,