Jaydine Sayer

Correspondent

  • Chicago, IL, USA

Jaydine Sayer is a correspondent who lives in Chicago and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She’s been writing and editing travel and lifestyle features for magazines, newspapers and websites for more than a decade, and her work has appeared in publications like The Chicago Tribune, Self and Angeleno. When she’s not traveling (both literally an virtually), Sayer likes to read from her neglected pile of magazines, play chef and plan out her next trip.

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  • On September 30, 2013
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    What are the bathrooms like in the rooms at The Langham, Chicago?

    Save some time to luxuriate in your guest room bathroom at The Langham, Chicago. Nearly every inch of the large space is covered in pale and neutral-hued marble, granite and travertine. The double sink vanity is made from Alaskan white granite and there you’ll find La Bottega dell’Albergo bath amenities. The deep soaking tub is separate form the rain shower and features a glass window that looks over the room. Worried about privacy? There’s no need to be — just push a button and the glass goes from clear to opaque in seconds. The 98-square-foot space is large enough to comfortably fit two, but we suggest you turn on the mood lighting and enjoy a soak on your own.
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    What are the guest rooms like at The Langham, Chicago?

    Large, pretty and pristine, the guest rooms at The Langham, Chicago are a real treat in a city packed with smallish, standard rooms. Guest rooms start at just over 500 square feet, and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, separate dressing space (with a vanity table), 55-inch LCD televisions, and bathrooms clad in marble, granite and travertine.

    Rooms have one of two color schemes — cream and aubergine or cream and olive. Each has a writing desk and chair, a large closet and a mini-bar that rivals any we’ve seen. The design nods to the Mies van der Rohe building’s Midcentury Modern architecture while maintaining a thoroughly contemporary look. Subtle bronze details are seen throughout the space, framing the mirrors and lining the upholstered headboards.
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    What makes The Langham, Chicago different from other hotels?

    Perhaps the most striking aspect of The Langham, Chicago is the building it is housed in, a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed riverfront landmark. The Midcentury Modern building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, and the interior design of the hotel nods to its rich architectural heritage.

    The guest rooms here are some of the largest in the city, and start at just over 500 square feet with views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, the Loop and River North. Those looking for a tradition from a venerable luxury hotel brand will be pleased with its signature afternoon tea — Tiffin at The Langham — served in the warm, light-filled Pavilion.

    We appreciate the club lounge, too. A true oasis for business travelers, the 12th-floor lounge has butler service, offers incredible views of the city skyline and serves complimentary light bites and cocktails all day long. It even has shower facilities, a library and a generous space for lounging.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    Where is JW Marriott Chicago located?

    There’s a reason many of the guests at JW Marriott Chicago look dressed for success — the hotel is located in the Financial District, just one block away from the iconic Board of Trade building. Located in the Loop on Adams and LaSalle streets, where many of the city’s business players wheel and deal, JW Marriott Chicago is also near top attractions, including Willis Tower, the Art Institute and Millennium Park. State Street and the Theater District are both just a few blocks away and offer you plenty of opportunities for entertainment, shopping and dining. Michigan Avenue and River North both sit about a mile away — we suggest getting there by walking through the Loop to see the city’s splendid array of outdoor art or taking a quick cab ride. Those looking for a little adventure and a unique view of the city will want to take a quick ride on the El, located just west of the Chicago hotel.
  • On August 1, 2013
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    What are the best bars in Chicago?

    Sometimes it feels like there’s a bar on every corner in Chicago, and in some neighborhoods this actually rings true. Dive bars, cocktail lounges, beer meccas, dance halls, taquerias — this city has it all. Here are a few I think are worth a visit:

    The Violet Hour: This cozy, candlelit spot in hip Wicker Park was one of the first to get in on the bespoke cocktail craze. Make a reservation — you’ll need it.

    The Aviary: While you may head here because you couldn’t score tickets to dine at Next (chef Grant Achatz’s adjacent restaurant), The Aviary is a worthy destination on its own. Drink concoctions are made with precision and insane creativity.

    The Old Town Ale House: Dive bars are aplenty in the Windy City, but this one serves as a much-needed relief from the ritzier spots in Old Town. Cheap beer and throwback tunes abound.

    RM Champagne Salon: Hidden off the West Loop’s buzzy Randolph Street down a cobblestone alley, this posh lounge serves bubbly and lots of it.

    Big Star: Go to this Wicker Park spot for stiff whiskey drinks, potent pitchers of margaritas, killer tacos and excellent people watching.
  • On August 1, 2013
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    What are the best neighborhoods in Chicago?

    Chicago really is a big city made up of diverse neighborhoods, from buzzy River North to low-key Lincoln Square. If you’ve got the time, try to hit up more off-the-beaten-path areas like Logan Square, Pilsen and Andersonville — each has rich cultural and food scenes.

    My favorite neighborhood, though, is the West Loop. There’s a little bit of everything here. Foodies flock to hot restaurants like Girl & the Goat, Next and G.E.B. At night, spots like RM Champagne Salon, Vera and Maude’s Liquor Bar attract a sophisticated crowd. During the summer months, the neighborhood bustles with a low-key energy. Hungover sunbathers, families and dog walkers converge at Mary Bartelme Park, a beautiful city park loved for its modern design. (Tip: On hot days, head to Cone, the new gourmet ice cream shop a few blocks away). Also a few blocks away? Greektown. I like to sit outside on Athena’s newly renovated patio for a quintessential Greek salad and glass of white wine before a leisurely stroll through the hood.
  • On August 1, 2013
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    What are the best spas in Chicago?

    Most of the city’s very best spas are found within the confines of a luxury hotel. And that’s just fine by me — who else really knows how to pamper, indulge and cater guests (Frette robes, free bubbly, fab lounges) like a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spot?

    Among my personal favorites is The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. It’s an old-school luxury spa with a classic, comfy lounge, effective treatments and impeccable service. I book appointments here when I want to splurge. The spa also has a long history of unique seasonal treatments (pumpkin scrubs in the fall, scotch-fueled pedicures for Father’s Day), so there’s almost always something new to try on the menu.

    The Peninsula Spa Chicago is a lovely space with an Asian-inspired vibe that is as warm as it is exotic. The treatments are indulgent and range from Eastern specialties like Thai and Balinese massages to a salt and oil scrub that’s anything but basic. Hit the fitness center’s indoor pool and outdoor sundeck post treatment.

    Treatment rooms and the fitness facilities at The Spa at Trump Chicago take advantage of the hotel’s stunning views — head to your appointment early to get in a workout while you look out at the Chicago River and beyond. The locker room is as luxe and roomy as they get, and this spa is the only one in the city that features treatments by Kate Somerville, Hollywood’s go-to skin guru.

    The boutique spa Allyu is away from the hotels in River North but still close enough to book for a quick visit. I simply love to Zen-out here. It’s a gorgeous health-driven, eco-conscious spa with primo services without primo prices. The tented meditation area is worth a trip alone. Treatments range from traditional hot stone massages to reflexology to firming facials.

    One more spot I can’t wait to check out is the Chuan Spa at the new Langham Chicago (the spa set to open in August 2013). This place will be unlike any other in the city, with an herbal sauna, a salt stone sauna and an oriental steam room. When I finally get in for an appointment I plan on showing up as early as possible to take advantage of all the fancy facilities.
  • On August 1, 2013
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    What restaurants have the best views in Chicago?

    Hands down the most spectacular view in Chicago can be had from Sixteen, the Trump International Hotel & Tower’s ode to fine dining. Through the restaurant’s huge floor-to-ceiling windows you can see the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and the Loop’s skyline. But the most surreal view is of the iconic Wrigley Building’s clock tower — it’s almost as if you can reach out and touch it. If the weather is decent, grab a drink on the terrace before dinner.

    I also like the view from NoMI at the Park Hyatt, which overlooks Michigan Avenue and is particularly pretty at dusk. Terzo Piano is a must for lunch, as the fresh Italian restaurant looks out over Millennium Park from its perch in the Art Institute. And North Pond in Lincoln Park has gorgeous views of the park and an inimitable feeling of utter urban zen.
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