I have wanted to visit the Christkindlmarket in Chicago for several years. Somehow we never made to Chicago over the holidays. Too much going on, too much snow, and too little time kept us from Chicago after Thanksgiving. This year I was determined to make it to the Christmas market, it was the one thing I wanted to do on this visit.
We arrived in Chicago on a Friday evening just before the rain started. We almost made it to the Radisson Blu (free Friday night stay thanks to their last fall promotion) when the heavens opened up. Trying to crush through the crowd under the entry awning with luggage is no fun in the cold rain.
We enjoyed our room for a couple of hours and hit the business lounge for some snacking. I was a little resigned that I was not going to be able to visit the Christmas market on Friday night. We were contemplating hitting the hot tub vs putting on pjs and ordering food.
Around 7:00 it looked like the rain was letting up. By 7:15 I had convinced Daughter to put on the coat, hat and gloves to brave the weather. The rain was down to a light drizzle as we walked to Daley Plaza past the window at Macy’s.
As negative as the weather seemed it was perfect for visiting the market. The wind was not too bad in the plaza and the crowds were pretty small.
It has been many years since I have been able to visit at Six Flags park but I keep hearing about the great deal they have on passes over Labor Day weekend. I went looking to see what the deal is all about since I have heard this is a good deal this from three different families.
From their website: “Don’t miss our biggest, best sale of the year! For five days only (Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2017) we’re hosting our 4th annual Flash Sale where you can buy 2018 Season Passes for as little as $65.99 or sign up for Memberships for as little as $5.49/mo. Save over 70% off the full Season Pass price of $249.99. We guarantee you will never find a better deal on 2018 Season Passes!”
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
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We have enjoyed the Chicago and Mall of America Blu hotels. The locations are perfect and the hotels exceed our expectations each time!
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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!