Sorry for the late notice but today and tomorrow there is a great Shedd deal for Illinois residents.
This Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14, Illinois residents can kick off their summer with a Shedd visit at an incredible rate on the Total Experience Pass.
In addition to free general admission, residents who show a valid ID onsite can upgrade their tickets to see all of the aquarium’s animals, exhibits and presentations for only $15 (that’s a $31.95 value for adults and a $24.95 value for children). See the new Amphibians special exhibit, experience Stingray Touch and get face to face with sea otters, dolphins, beluga whales and the rest of Shedd’s 32,000 animals.
More information here: http://www.sheddaquarium.org/junediscountdays/?utm_source=Email&utm_campaign=IllinoisDiscount&cmp=1&utm_medium=HTMLEmail
Huge Savings – Today Only
Welcome to Cybertastic Wednesday! Book by 11:59 p.m. CST tonight and save 25% off our Best Available Rate on stays of two or more consecutive nights at any Radisson Blu® hotel in the U.S. now through January 31, 2016. Use Promotional Code CTWEDDAY when booking your reservation.
This offer is available exclusively to Club Carlson members. Not a member? Join today.
We have enjoyed the Chicago and Mall of America Blu hotels. The locations are perfect and the hotels exceed our expectations each time!
More information here: https://www.clubcarlson.com/offers/10351173?
Visit Shedd on Halloween for tricks and treats!
Join us for a haunted family fest all day on Sat. Oct, 31. For kids in costume, if you buy one Shedd Pass, you’ll get one free!
Plus, we’ll have a costume parade at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. And of course, it’s not Halloween without candy for trick or treaters!
Make the most of your visit by purchasing tickets early and check out our Halloween Highlights map for more fun experiences you’ll find at Shedd! We’ll ‘sea’ you then!
What is a Shedd Pass?
I have always wanted to check out Jazzin’ at the Shedd. They sent out an email today with a promo code for tickets. Regular ticket price is $18 but this would get you the second ticket free.
Jazzin admission includes:
- Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (open until 8 p.m., last entry 7:45 p.m.)
- Wild Reef (open until 9 p.m., last entry 8:45 p.m.)
- Aquarium galleries (open until 10 p.m.)
- Outdoor terraces (open until 10 p.m.)
- Stingray Touch is an additional fee of $3 (can be added onsite, last entry 7:45 p.m.)
Jazzin’ is every Wednesday evening this summer through Sept. 9. Enjoy skyline views from Shedd’s terraces, cocktails, fireworks, live jazz and 32,000 animals! This offer is valid for any of the 2015 Jazzin’ dates when you purchase online in advance by June 30.
Unfortunately this past time at the Radisson Blu we did not upgrade and have breakfast in the lounge while in Chicago. I do love their chocolate croissants but it was time to try something new. We could see Eggy’s Diner from our hotel room to the lower right and we wanted to try it for breakfast.
It was a short walk around half the block to the entrance behind the hotel. And I thought the menu looked cute. They also look to have a great lunch menu and shakes!
Daughter was wooed by the cinnamon roll pancakes. And I went with the red velvet french toast special.
Both of our breakfasts were amazing! We were stuffed for the morning and ready to hit the train to head back home. We both want to go back to Eggy’s not only for breakfast but for a burger and a shake.
More information here: http://www.eggysdiner.com/our-daily-menu/
333 E Benton Place, Suite 103, Chicago, IL 60601
Monday – Sunday 7:30am to 3:00pm
I usually end up visiting Bubba Gump Shrimp or Rainforest cafe for my birthday, can you guess why? The Landry’s Select Club birthday promotion. The month of your birthday they place a $25 credit on your account. Free lunch or dinner!
This trip we visited Rainforest Cafe for dinner. It was a typical crowd when we arrived on a Saturday night. But having the Landry’s club card allows you faster seating. Show the hostess your card at the podium when you check in. You will be seated promptly afterwards. We have never had to wait more than 10-15 minutes from check in.
We were given a nice table near a fish tank and some animation characters.
Our service was great and everything came out hot and tasty. I had the burger and Daughter had the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich.
We also had a $25 Landry’s gift card I had earned through Mypoints. I usually cash out a couple times a year with Mypoints for food gift cards.
More about Mypoints here: https://www.mypoints.com/emp/u/index.vm
More on Landry’s Select Club here: http://www.landrysselect.com/SelectClubFeatures.aspx
And more on Rainforest Cafe here: http://www.rainforestcafe.com/
As we left the child’s play area of Maggie Daley Park we stopped to look at the skating ribbon. Millennium Park has an ice rink up near Michigan Ave but the skating ribbon is a new addition by Randolph.
On a Saturday evening this place was pretty busy. It did look like a lot of fun to try once next winter on a visit. Its free to skate if you have your own. Or $12 to rent skates.
More information can be found here: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/ice-rinks/
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.
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.
The location is great! We were right in Millennium Park near the lake. Very close to our hotel and the train station.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
Turns out we had several choices!
Daughter and I each selected a pastry to take to go and she also got a delicious hot chocolate.
We also took a little time to shop the market area. There were house-ware items, foods and drinks. Cookbooks and sweets galore!
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
43 East Ohio Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611