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The Langham
Tiffin at the Langham (aka afternoon tea).

When a new hotel opens in Chicago, we always look for an excuse to go--even though it?s not like we need a place to sleep.

At the Langham, in the Mies van der Rohe tower known until recently as the IBM building, we?ve found two ways to feel as if we?re on vacation--even with only an afternoon off. ??

Start at the Chuan Spa, where the Langham?s posh British roots mean top-notch amenities--think aromatherapy showers with energizing bursts of mint and eucalyptus that are like tiled paradise pods and (do not miss these) heated lounge chairs with views of the river for pre- and post-treatment relaxing. ??

We booked the one-hour, $185 HydraFacial, during which an aesthetician used a suction wand to remove dead skin cells and impurities. (Imagine what it would feel like if an octopus were in love with your face.) Days later, a friend asked: ?What did you do to your skin? It looks amazing!?
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Later, in the glam Pavilion Lounge--a soft-beige room off the main lobby filled with sofas and tables for two--we had ?Tiffin at the Langham? ($40 a person), otherwise known as afternoon tea.??

As we lingered over Silk Road white tea served alongside miniature lobster rolls and chocolate petits fours, we thought, Maybe we could live here. ??

The Langham, 330 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-923-9988 or chicago.langhamhotels.com

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