My husband and I are visiting Chicago for the 1st time for a wedding in late December. The wedding is the 29th. We were planning to fly home the evening of the 30th, but now are considering extending our visit and staying until New Year's Day. The wedding is in Lincoln park.
We found a great rate at the new Thompson Hotel- is this a good location/property? Any suggestions for other locations? We tend to like boutique/luxury hotels rather than the major chains. We are in our early 40s, no kids, tend to plan vacations around food and wine and cultural things.
Also, I notice on other threads that NYE is amateur night in Chicago (like is isn't everywhere else?) but if we do stay through to the 1st we'd like to do something interesting for the 31st. A great dinner with live music- or something unique to Chicago is more our speed. Since I usually work new year's eve at home (in the tourism industry) and am used to behind the scenes access to big events and fireworks I don't want to do anything like that. But it would be nice to enjoy a non-party type NYE event, if there is such a thing. We don't want to leave the city or have to travel far.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!