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Follow Hotels on Social Media

This has become one of my no-brainer tips, follow hotels on social media.  Why?  Sometimes you will see an unadvertised deal.  Sometimes they offer a give-away.  Sometimes you can get upgraded by talking with them.  Hotels want you to brag them up. Tell your friends what a great time you had, or the great room you had and they want you to follow them.  Be active!

I started following some of our favorite hotels a couple of years back on facebook and twitter.  If I am visiting for the weekend I comment on their page.  No need to be specific and give the world your dates.  Something like “looking forward to my stay soon!”  Worst case scenario you hear crickets.  (But most properties have a social media contact now.)  Often I am messaged asking when my trip is and wishing me a great stay.  Sometimes I get a nice note in the room with a little treat. Sometimes we get a nice room upgrade.  You never know what can happen!

Also sometimes they offer contests.  Free dining at their restaurant or win a free night!  I have won a free night at a hotel I was following, it was a great surprise!  Be social, be active!

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The Adults are Having the Fun

On our last trip to Chicago we met up with my cousins family, including their two young daughters.  After some time on Navy Pier they had the suggestion to visit Maggie Daley Park.  It was a nice sunny day so we made the walk along the lake shore to the park.

I expected a park with some swings, a slide and lots of toddlers.  I was wrong!  Maggie Daley Park was as much fun for the teenagers as it was for the little kids.  Adults were flying down the two story slides along with the kids.

Maggie Daley Park

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There are separate younger kid areas, I think it was for ages 5 and under.  They had a boat to play on and some smaller toys.

Maggie Daley Park

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The location is great!  We were right in Millennium Park near the lake.  Very close to our hotel and the train station.

View from Maggie Daley Park

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Daughter said she wants to go back with some of her friends to hang out at the park.  We spent a long time watching adults and children fly off the slides in the snow.  Cheap entertainment!

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Corner Bakery on Every Corner?

Oddly it seems every time we visit Chicago we end up at Corner Bakery.  I think its their variety of locations! They are a local chain with breakfast and lunch options like soup and sandwiches.  For breakfast I love their berry parfaits!

This time we hit the one at Michigan Ave near Wacker, right by our hotel.  We wanted a short break off our feet before meeting my cousins out at Navy Pier.

Corner Market

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Being February I was craving some soup to warm up.  After our Eataly breakfast I was not too hungry but just wanted comfort food.  The breadbowl was very filling and really hit the spot! The chili is not too spicy,  just a great combo!

Corner Bakery Breadbowl Chili to go

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Daughter had a cup of potato soup as she was not as hungry either.  We took it to go back to our hotel with the intent of kicking off our shoes and being lazy back at the room.

More information here: http://www.cornerbakerycafe.com/locations/il/chicago/123-wacker

 

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Eataly Chicago

We have been wanting to stop in at Eataly for lunch but the timing never seemed to work well on our visits to Chicago.  So this trip we made the decision to see if they had any breakfast items and to stop in during the morning.  The coffee bar opens at 8am so I knew we could get something early in the day.

Eataly

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Turns out we had several choices!

Eataly

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Daughter and I each selected a pastry to take to go and she also got a delicious hot chocolate.

Eataly

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We also took a little time to shop the market area.  There were house-ware items, foods and drinks.  Cookbooks and sweets galore!

Eataly

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Now that we have had a taste of Eataly we want to visit for lunch.  The Nutella crepes sound really good and it would be fun to try!

More information here: http://www.eataly.com/chicago-location-hours

EATALY CHICAGO
43 East Ohio Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel: 312.521.8700

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Radisson Blu Birthday Visit

I took the opportunity this winter to visit my favorite Chicago hotel for my birthday.  The Radisson Blu did not disappoint!

We were given a great two queen room that faced Lake Michigan this time.  Usually we face the river or the park so this was nice change. It was fun to watch the pier light up at night.

View of Navy Pier from Radisson Blu

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We have a mansion room with the blue carpet and black bathroom.

Radisson Blu 2 Queen Mansion Room

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Radisson Blu Mansion Bathroom

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I love the lobby with the long fireplace!

Radisson Blu Lobby

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And one afternoon we grabbed lunch to go just to run into housekeeping in our room.  So we found a nice quiet area on the third floor to eat our lunch with some couches, tables and chairs.  Its near some conference rooms but the area was empty on a Saturday.

Radisson Blu 3rd floor common area

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More information here: http://www.radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago

We stayed two nights on points so the total cost was 50,000 points for our stay.

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