Stay to Play: 5 Staycations in Downtown Chicago

When the stress that comes with summer travel (scheduling flights, booking rental cars, etc.) seems too daunting, take advantage of the beauty and luxury here in the wonderful city of Chicago with these fun staycations!

Gold Coast Girlfriend Getaway

The Ritz Carlton

160 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611

Mixology Class. Photo by Christian Horan. Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Old world elegance and smashing fun awaits you and your gal pals in the Gold Coast at the Ritz Carlton. Steps away from fantastic shopping and dining, you’ll find everything you need for a great girls’ getaway. Gorgeous lake views can be taken in from the rooftop lounge this summer and even at the Ritz’s yoga class on the 75th floor. If you and your entourage are looking to mix things up, try the Mixology class – a sweet offering for suite guests, where you learn how to mix the Ritz’s signature drinks.


Something Fishy And Fun

The Swissotel Chicago

 323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Photo courtesy of the Swissotel
Photo courtesy of The Swissotel Chicago

At the Swissotel Chicago, every child is a VIK (very important kid). If you have little ones who need to keep busy, an ocean’s toy box awaits at the Swissotel’s Kids Suites. Sign up for the Fish room where you will find age appropriate toys, books and movies. Families also receive four VIP tickets to the Shedd Aquarium. If dinos are more your thing – you can request the dinosaur room with tickets to the Field Museum. Parents get a separate adjoining room, and the Swissotel has an indoor pool for those not so sunny summer days.


The Trump Trumps The Beach

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Looking to beach it this summer? Well, the Trump has your beachside pass to Chicago’s 26 miles of sandy Lake Michigan beaches. Who needs to travel ocean side to soak up the sand, the sun and the surf? The Trump brings the beach to you with its Luxury Beach Services now through Labor Day weekend. Guests arrive by complimentary chauffeured Cadillac service and receive beach tote bags filled with goodies including toys for the kids. The hotel will even reserve you a beach chair at Oak Street beach complete with an umbrella and lunch order.


On The Red Line Ready In River North!

 Hotel Palomar Chicago:

505 N State St. Chicago, IL 60654

Photo by Cris Molina. Photo courtesy of The Hotel Palomar Chicago.
Photo by Cris Molina. Photo courtesy of The Hotel Palomar Chicago.

Ready, Set, Red Line! If you are looking to take in the cityscape, check out the Palomar. You’ll find these boutique digs in the vibrant River North neighborhood— an eclectic spot known for culture, nightlife, and the largest pod of art galleries in the U.S. outside of Manhattan. For families who want to see the city– it’s just steps away from the Red Line which can zip you to all the city’s museums and outdoor attractions in seconds. To wind down, parents can duck into the first floor Sable Kitchen & Bar and order a few shared plates and handcrafted cocktails. The restaurant was recently named one of “Chicago’s Best New Bars” by Food & Wine magazine.



A Room With A Cozy Window View!

Hotel Monaco

225 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601

Photo by David Phelps. Photo courtesy of the Hotel Monaco Chicago.

Originally built as a hat company in 1912, the stylish Hotel Monaco Chicago is a hidden gem right along the river. The hotel sits within close proximity to State Street, The Theater District, Mag Mile and Millennium Park. Kids will get a kick out of curling up in the cozy window seats. Parents can appreciate the nighttime hosted wine hour from 5 to 6 in the hotel lobby.

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