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Anthony Bourdain's "The Layover" Returns: We Choose His Chicago Hotels

October 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM | by | ()

The Tall Travel King returns! Monday, November 19th brings the Travel Channel's second season of “The Layover with Anthony Bourdain” at 9pm EST. The premiere episode takes Tony to Chicago, where he’ll be riding around in an old-school Caddy, visiting bars (naturally), eating sausages, and stirring up that age-old debate on deep-dish pizza. We *just found out that he stayed at the Four Seasons, though he does mention the cool Longman & Eagle as well, which has made our list for its fab restaurant and wallet-pleasing rates.

In conjunction with the new season, the network will release its new 2.0 version of The Travel Channel Layover Guide with Anthony Bourdain for both iPhone and iPad ($1.99), but those who have the first version can upgrade at no charge. We're getting a bit app'd out these days, though, so you'll have to tell us if you use this one and if it's worth shelling out for.

In the meantime—picking Chicago hotels? Easy as pie—deep dish or thin crust. Here’s where we absolutely love and could spend 24-48 hours in a heartbeat.

The affordable Acme is a fitting place to stay for a Layover

*Public Chicago—Duh, we’re becoming dangerously close like Crazy Girlfriend with this hotel crush.

*Acme Hotel-Funky, functional, and fun on the wallet. We dig.

*Any Kimpton-You can't beat the free loaner bikes, goldfish, WiFi and $10 worth of minibar just for signing up with their complimentary InTouch program.

We’ll be watching this season as he overnights in Atlanta, Dublin, New Orleans, Paris, Philadelphia, Sao Paolo, Seattle, Taipei and Toronto. The fun is tuning in if only to dish on our favorite hotels in those locations and find out what are your favorites are, too.

[Photos: Travel Channel/HotelChatter]

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