Booze Traveler

The hotel bar just got an innovative new model: the traveling pop-up. 

Loews Hotels, the luxury brand with properties in the US and Canada, have launched a new concept - a traveling speakeasy that will move between 24 properties. Constructed from an old elevator car and with only four barstools, the bar will be reassembled in every hotel and feature a menu of 32 classic cocktails. The Traveller Bar kicked off in downtown Chicago this month and will be there until May 16, when it moves to Loews Chicago O'Hare (thru June 18). 

Scenes from Chicago

Scenes from Chicago, where I was earlier this week. I stayed at the James (room picture above), which was a little-too-conveniently located one block from Michigan Ave shopping. But then, there’s no Neiman Marcus in NYC (yet).

Of note: the Pump Room, a historic restaurant that was established in 1938, redone in 2011 by Ian Schrager. Gorgeous space, fantastic drinks, food by Jean-Georges. You should go.