A trip to Chicago is never complete withuta stay at our favorite hotel there, the Ritz Carlton. Ideally located at Watertower Place, the Ritz is just a welcoming respite with a fabulous staff and lovely rooms. As in all hotels, some rooms are better than others (size, location) and this is also true at athe Ritz..although all rooms have the same quality appointments. A few disappointments this time, however: theirr reknowned dining room is gone, and the only restaurant available in October was in the lobby. Nice, but not up to par. Renovations are also going on in their famous lobby bar and a temporary wall was built until spring (?)) when a new larger bar and restaurant will overlook Lake Michigan. I'll return again, but hopefully all will be back to normal. Prices are not for the fainthearted.