Ritzy Business

The Ritz-Carlton gave itself a $25 million makeover and coming with it a lot of new additions worth taking a gander at. Set atop the prestigious Michigan Avenue Water Tower Place, the Ritz underwent a year and a half long renovation in an attempt to “one up” the new modern wing at the Art Institute down the block with a new and notably updated art deco decor.

Deca, the New 12th Floor Contemporary American Restaurant/Bar

Fun Facts:

-The name is indicative of “Decade,” as in a new era for the Ritz. To 2010 and beyond.

-Deca is eco-friendly with rechargeable table lighting and two complementary iPads to catch up on your daily news.

-Executive Chef Mark Payne showcases oysters and mussels, with a mix of other notable “brasserie” type items and notable cultural influences.

-Deca’s “do it yourself” mojito bar surely will be a late night and brunch hit.

-They have the only Kronenbourg 1664 distinctive head injection tap in the United States, which means a perfect pour every time. Sip Comfortably.

-Cleverly named, the ‘Deca’dent Ten Layer Chocolate Cake by Pastry Chef Eric Estrella is a must-indulge dessert.

More Decadent Living Quarters

A newly revealed Presidential Suite that’ll run you a cool $6,500 a night offers a 2,900 square foot, two-story palace for all your relaxation needs. With spiraling staircase, floor-to-ceiling views of Lake Michigan, a baby grand piano, Bose surround sound system, 24 hour personal assistant, daily in-room  massages, and transportation to and from the airport in a Rolls Royce Phantom, you will be taken care of in typical Ritz fashion. Haute.

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel
160 E. Pearson St., at Water Tower Place, Chicago.