Located in Chicago, The Westin Chicago North Shore opened on Oct. 12 with 412 rooms featuring flat-screen TVs, 25 suites, and a fitness center and pool. Event venues include the 15,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom with 25-foot-ceilings and three 5,000-square-foot junior ballrooms. The hotel boasts a special kosher prep kitchen; other dining options include the Osteria di Tramonto, operated by celebrity chefs Gale Gand and Rick Tramonto. Additional amenities include wireless check-in and the "Heavenly Bed" and "Heavenly Bath." Call 847/777-6500; www.westin.com/chicagonorthshore.