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Chicago's 18 Essential Hotels; 'Millennium Mile'; More!

And now the latest from Curbed Chicago, covering everything you need to know about the city's neighborhoods and real estate.


EVERYWHERE—Visiting Chicago or planning a staycation and not sure which hotel to book? Take a look the latest entry in our Hotel 18 series of the eighteen most essential hotels in Chicago.

THE LOOP—Developers are bullish on Michigan Avenue south of the river and attempting to create a new shopping destination dubbed "Millennium Mile". Curbed dissects this leaked proposal for a new Times Square style retail development called 300 NMA.

THE LOOP—Plans to build a new transit station at Washington and Wabash are well underway. Despite years of setbacks and uncertainties, construction of the new $75 million station is slated to begin in August.

EVERYWHERE— This week Curbed checked in on the construction of several hotels including the Virgin Hotel, Soho House, Chicago Athletic Association and the Loews Hotel Tower.