This luxurious hotel is only a two-minute walk from the Magnificent Mile, Chicago's tourist-packed yet upscale shopping nirvana. If you can pry yourselves away from the cushy room, check out these local retail favorites: Clever Alice carries funky, one-of-a-kind clothing; Yu-Me sells unique jewelry crafted by Chicago designers; and Josephine offers shoes and handbags from designers like Stella McCartney and Givenchy. Shop it up, regroup over lunch, then give your credit cards a break and take the quintessential Chicago sightseeing tour: Walk to the Art Institute, follow the mile-long architecture loop (a stretch of 19th-century skyscrapers in the financial district) and finish at Navy Pier, a strip that includes restaurants, outdoor concerts and more shopping. Another must-see is the Shedd Aquarium (a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel), arguably the best in the country. Located on the Lake Michigan shore, the 422,000-square-foot aquarium is currently hosting a lizard exhibit featuring a Komodo dragon. Finally, rest your weary feet and your shopping muscles (back, arms and feet) with an 85-minute aromatherapy duet massage ($188) or the 85-minute Four Seasons In One treatment ($185 for an invigorating peppermint body scrub, soothing floral herbal wrap, deep-tissue massage and conditioning scalp treatment).

DON'T MISS Lake Michigan, the eastern boundary of the city, is the outdoor-activity hub of Chicago. Rent bikes at Bike Chicago (go to bikechicago.com for locations), join in a pickup beach volleyball game or just walk or run the 18-mile-long paved path.

DETAILS Rooms start at $370 (double occupancy). Go to fourseasons.com/chicagorc for info.
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