Magazine article Management Today

MT BUSINESS TRAVEL: Frequent Flyer

Magazine article Management Today

MT BUSINESS TRAVEL: Frequent Flyer

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ROBERT McHENRY'S GUIDE TO CHICAGO

HOW TO GET THERE - I fly Club with BA - there are three direct flights from London daily. Other airlines also fly direct from London.

AIRPORT TO TOWN - Take the Blue line 'El' (elevated train) from O'Hare airport, which reaches the centre in 30 minutes for just dollars 1.50. A taxi costs dollars 35, or dollars 45 in busy periods.

BEST HOTEL - I stay at the Chicago Intercontinental 1 (505 North Michigan Avenue, (www.chicago.intercontinental.com, +1 312 944 4100) in the town centre. It's well positioned for meetings and has fantastic views. I don't usually like hotel chains, but this is excellent.

BEST ROOM - Suites at the Intercontinental have conference rooms - useful for hosting business meetings.

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANT - The bustling Nick's Fishmarket and Grill 2 (51 South Clark Street) and the Italian Village 3 (71 West Monroe Street, +332 7005) offer quick meals for the power lunch crowd, and upmarket evening dining.

BEST BARS - Whiskey Blue 4 in the Loop district (inside W Hotel, 172 West Adams Street) is owned by Cindy Crawford's husband. Whiskey Sky 5 is in Chicago's other W Hotel (644 Lake Shore Drive) and has stunning views of Lake Michigan. Convivial and less expensive is Monk's Pub 6 (205 West Lake Street), where you can throw your peanut shells on the floor and get a sense of 'old Chicago'.

THREE HOURS TO KILL - In the late 1800s the great fire destroyed Chicago's downtown area, leading to massive rebuilding. …

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