Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2019

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Written by Jerey Cohen COCKTAILS ON HIGH e Peninsula Chicago Continues to Impress Since our last visit to ve-star e Peninsula Chicago, this iconic establishment has continued to elevate its hospitality, services and programs to an even higher level of luxury. O•ering an exemplary itinerary that is nothing short of magical, the exclusive Peninsula Academy program is packed with some of the city's quintessential sights, sounds and tastes, providing guests with VIP access to incredible only-in-Chicago experiences. Having already availed ourselves of several of its bespoke activities, my wife and I were looking forward to trying the hotel's new rooftop lounge, Z Bar, as well as taking advantage of a host of additional attractions. is year, these include preparing authentic Cantonese dim sum with an expert chef, and boot camp with a former Navy SEAL. Both sounded equally daunting. Greeted by name at the curb, we were first escorted to the lobby on the eighth ˆoor, and then on to our corner suite, where the soothing palette of blues and greys rea‰rm a sense of tranquility, even in the heart of the busy, jostling Magnicent Mile. With its ˆoor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views of Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan, not to mention the private lives of local residents, I confess to briefly feeling like James Stewart's character in Rear Window. Our rst order of business was a leisurely lunch on the patio at Peninsula's Pierrot Gourmet. is cozy European-style café and bistro o•ers a taste of Paris with a warm farmhouse-inspired decor featuring rustic wood panels and wrought iron accents. Outside, tables surrounded by colorful flowers face bustling Rush Street, providing top-notch people watching at any time of day. Having recently returned from e Peninsula Paris, we experienced a pleasant touch of déjà vu as we enjoyed one of the best quiches we have ever tasted, accompanied by a perfectly iced rosé that proved an ideal foil to an unseasonably warm spring day. 77

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