5. Spa at The Trump
Spa days are an utter luxury, so this ranks #5 on our list of the top ways to experience the Trump Tower because it's really only made for splurge-happy who are willing to leave their regular manicurist/massage therapist/facialist for a Trump treat. Prices at on par with luxury spas, with a 90-minute Ayurvedic massage going for $195, for example.
4. Sixteen, The Restaurant
If an expensive and fancy-schmancy evening is what you have in mind at the thought of Trump, then the 16th floor Sixteen Restaurant might just fit the bill. It's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and includes a bar and terrace, which we're sure is popular with rich guys taking girls out on first dates. Truly though, you won't be looking at much other than the 30-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of the Chicago River and the Loop district.
3. The event space
Chicago is just as fond of champagne-fueled soirees as New York is, and there is usually something going on in one of the Trump Tower's ballrooms. Our advice on getting in? Go to ReBar the day before or day of, and make friends with the other people drinking. Or, simply dress well and contact whatever organization is holding the party and politely ask for an invitation. You'd be surprised at how often it works.
2. The Trump Tower Hotel
A night here might be pricey at $395, but for that price your room comes with personalized stationery and business cards, your own attache contact for business and personal concierge services, and in-room computer and fax machine at your request. And then there's the matter of the insane awesome views, and the fact that all of the other places we've listed here (the spa, ReBar, etc) are literally in the same building, all convenient for your pleasure.
If you can stomach the $22 valet parking fee (just take the El train), then we highly recommend grabbing a cocktail at the Trump International's lobby bar. It's up one level from the entrance lobby, so you actually get to walk around the public area of the building somewhat, and the floor-to-ceiling windows face right down the river, giving you a cheaper version of the experience of dining at Sixteen. A $15 drink (and perhaps a plate of Korean bulgogi bites) is the cheapest and most convenient way to experience the atmosphere of Chicago's new gem. Enjoy it before Calatrava's insane skyscraper takes shape (and takes the scene) in a few years. Read about our experience doing this here.
· Trump Finally Tops Off The Trump International Tower Chicago [HotelChatter]
· Holiday Tippling At The Trump International Chicago [HotelChatter]
· Chicago Travel coverage [Jaunted]