Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
A corporate retreat with lots of leisure-time extras.
Chicago is a metropolis whose attractions come easily to mind: the museums in the Loop, the swanky shops along the Magnificent Mile and ... the suburbs. Yes, the suburbs. Unlike many big cities that strive to be islands unto themselves, Chicago enjoys taking credit not only for its own culturally rich urban center, but for its environs, as well. And for good reason. Woodsy communities less than an hour from downtown produced Ernest Hemingway, inspired Frank Lloyd Wright and gave executive travelers the Oak Brook Hills Resort.
Set on 150 acres of fertile fairways, picturesque lakes and vast lawns dotted with trees, this property feels far from the hustle of city life. Along with the big draw — the 18-hole, championship Willow Crest Golf Club — the resort offers basketball and sand volleyball courts, spa, an outdoor pool and even a whirlpool.
Standard guest rooms are done in a contemporary style that verges on hip without losing its dignity. Amenities include work areas, two phones, data ports, speaker phones, voice mail and high-speed Internet access. Accompanying the guest rooms is a collection of suites that includes the Presidential Suite, whose residential look is infused with a designer's touch. Although it is an easy drive into the city, there are some nice dining options if you choose to stay in. Dining options include B. Restaurant, Tin Cup and poolside Noonan’s Patio.