By Mary Alice Foster
Chicago
Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois, is a bustling metropolis filled with an illustrious history. In 1830, Chicago was officially recognized as a city. But only 41 years later, one of the most known events occurred. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of the buildings because they were made of wood. This led to the development of metal framed skyscrapers in the city. In today’s world, Chicago is a thriving city that holds much to entice travelers to come for a visit.
   
EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next holiday to Chicago, Illinois. Chicago can be reached through any of two major airports: Chicago’s O’Hare International (ORD), or Midway International (MDW), as well as several minor airports. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, click on the link to check for flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Also, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, refer below to our top selections in Chicago. Then follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com.
   
Once you arrive in Chicago, there are lots of attractions for vacationers. One of the most traveled to place in Chicago, and one of the top selections here at EscapeWizard.com, is the Navy Pier. It was built in 1916 to serve freighters and provide transport around Lake Michigan. Among the amenities they have are: a 150’ Ferris wheel, a beautiful carousel, a mini golf course and climbing wall, Funhouse Maze, Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, an IMAX theater, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass, shopping, and 2 stages where both music and theatrical performances are done.
   
Another great place to visit in Chicago that is within the confines of the Navy Pier is the Chicago Children’s Museum. It is a great museum that has 3 floors of interactive displays which include WaterWays, Inventing Lab, Skyline, Dinosaur Expedition, Kraft Artabounds Studio, Play it Safe, and more.  On Thursday nights, they host the Kraft Free Family Nights. The 1st Sundays of every month are also free for ages 15 and under sponsored by Target. You can reach the museum and pier by a free trolley, bus, Metra.

Chicago has many marvelous museums including the Field Museum. It has the distinction of having Sue, the world’s largest T-Rex that is in good condition. They have exhibits on Africa, Bird Habitats, Mammals of Africa and more animal ones. They have cultural exhibits as well including ones on Africa, Inside Ancient Egypt, Earth Lodge which is new, and more. They have Target Free 2nd Mondays with free basic admission. Other museums that EscapeWizard.com suggests in the city are the Chicago History Museum, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
   
Chicago is a great place for nightlife. They have a very eclectic mixture of clubs, bars and restaurants. You can find just about anything no matter what your taste of dancing or music. You can follow this link for a guide to Chicago’s nightlife and restaurants, (http://chicago.metromix.com/#&lid=Metromix&lpos=Sub).
   
Chicago EscapeWizard.com gives you all the information you need to make your Chicago vacation very enjoyable. Many of the sites are accessible by Metra, bus, or car. Chicago has a little bit of everything you can imagine. Just click on the link above and book your next stay in Chicago with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Chicago
By Libby Wilke
theWit Chicago - DoubleTree by Hilton
201 North State Street, Chicago, IL
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On your next trip to the Windy City, breeze on into theWit Chicago, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.  Guests can arrive easily by Chicago Transit Authority train from both O’Hare International Airport (Blue Line) and Midway International Airport (Orange Line). Check-in at theWit begins at 4pm, but guests planning to arrive earlier are more than welcome to request an early check-in. 

Located in the exciting Chicago Loop district, this boutique hotel is in walking distance to something for everyone.  Guests can easily be wowed by The Art Institute of Chicago, catch a show at the Chicago Theater  or spend an afternoon relaxing in beautiful Millennium Park, with great shopping and trendy restaurants located nearby on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile.”  Only a short train ride away is fun and entertainment at the Navy Pier or a ballgame at Wrigley Field!

Breathtaking views of the amazing Chicago skyline, Chicago River and Lake Michigan are available from all guestrooms and suites.  Guestrooms offer one King or two Queen sized beds, with spa inspired bathrooms, with separate shower and oversized tub, and plush bathrobes in “theSpa” rooms (standard in all suites).  Guests can store their valuables in the in-room safe before heading out for the day, and return to relax and enjoy some television on the 42 inch HD flat-screen television.  Guests in Junior, Luxury and Paramount suites will enjoy the comfortable seating and dining areas and a fully equipped kitchen.

The hotel invites guests to enjoy a massage at Spa@thewit or work out at the 24 hour fitness center. Grab a bite to eat at the delicious State and Lake Chicago Tavern Restaurant before ending the day on the 27th floor at The Roof, an outdoor lounge with fire pits, telescopes and a panoramic view of the city.

Complimentary USA Today newspapers are provided Monday-Friday.  Check-out is at noon, but the staff is happy to arrange a late check-out for guests requesting it.  With so much around and inside the hotel, theWit is the perfect place to stay in Chicago.  Let EscapeWizard.com help you book your room at theWit by following the link! (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Chicago
By D. Gregory Perrin
Hotel Indigo
1244 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL
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Hotel Indigo Chicago offers ideal accommodations for any travelers in Chicago, IL, who are looking for a little luxury at an affordable price. This boutique hotel's location is near Lake Michigan and only a few blocks from the Clark/Division Metra stop for easy access to the city. Guests can check-in at the hotel anytime 4 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into the city. There is a doorman or woman to greet you upon arrival and assist with luggage. The hotel provides a safety deposit box at the front desk for any vacationers who are traveling with valuables. Also, pet owners with pets up to forty pounds are welcome to bring their animal to the hotel.

Upon arriving at your room, guests will find either 1 king or 2 queen size beds depending upon your request. There is a television in each room with nearly one hundred channels. Each room has a CD player for guests who like to listen to music during their stay in the city. In addition, the rooms come with video games available for guests. Each room has complimentary high speed internet with a safe in the room large enough to hold a laptop when guests are out in the city. There are non-smoking and smoking rooms available for guests.

The hotel has several amenities that guests can take advantage of during their time in Chicago. There is a fitness center for guests who don't want to miss their workout during their vacation. There are spa services for any guest looking to be pampered while in the hotel.

The Golden Bean is a restaurant in the hotel that serves breakfast and dinner that guests of the hotel can utilize for meals. Also, the Phi Lounge is a place that guests can go and grab a drink to relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Then enjoy a pleasant sleep in your room that is fitted with blackout drapes to ensure guests are not bothered by the morning sunlight. There is a complimentary newspaper in the morning on Monday through Friday and guests need to check out of the hotel on the day of departure by 12 p.m.

The Hotel Indigo Chicago is a great hotel in the city. It is an excellent selection for all sorts of travelers looking for an affordable boutique hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Your next unique boutique hotel experience is just a few clicks away with EscapeWizard.com, just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Chicago
By D. Gregory Perrin
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
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The Hyatt Regency Chicago is one of the largest hotels in the entire area with over 2,000 guestrooms. This hotel is located a few blocks from Randolph Street Metra and a short distance from Lake Michigan. Guests can check in at 3 p.m. or after on the day they arrive in Chicago at the front desk or at the kiosk in the lobby.

Guests can pick between 2 double beds or 1 king size bed to be in their room. There are also hypo allergenic rooms for guests who have allergy problems, and a large number of suites to opt from during your stay in the city. There is high speed internet service for a small fee in each room and a safe to store your laptop during the time you go out for the day. They Hyatt Regency Chicago has a 37" flat screen television in each room with a full cable package so guests don't have to miss their favorite shows. Each room has a stereo system that guests can plug their iPods® into so they can listen to their own music.

Guests can request a crib in the room if they are traveling with a baby. Also, the hotel is partners with a company called "Babies Travel Light," which offers guests the opportunity to purchase baby supplies prior to arriving so they are waiting for them at the hotel upon arrival in the city.

The Hyatt Regency is also an excellent choice for business travelers in Chicago. This hotel has all the services any business person could ask for such as copying, secretarial services, faxing, shipping, notary public, and a wide array of other options.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is just the hotel for any sort of traveler, whether they are alone, a family, or a business person and is highly recommended by us at EscapeWizard.com. This full service hotel can offer every comfort of home during your next trip to Chicago. Just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book today.

Hotels in Chicago
By Summer Brons
Aloft Chicago O\'Hare
9700 Balmoral Ave Rosemont, IL
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Conveniently located just minutes from the terminals of Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), the Aloft hotel is ready to wrap you in luxury during your visit to the Windy City. Whether business or pleasure have brought you to town, you'll find Aloft's proximity to downtown makes it easy to enjoy all the finest in business, dining and entertainment in Chicago.

Surround yourself with unique decor in this loft-inspired, state-of-the-art hotel. Aloft prides itself on creating a social, energizing atmosphere, adding a new dimension of fun to traveling. This smoke-free facility features the one of a kind re:mix(SM) Lounge, a modern layout complete with mood lighting and eclectic music. Whether you've come to the lounge to mingle with friends or work on your laptop, you'll enjoy comfortable furniture, refreshing drink choices and complimentary Wi-Fi. The lounge even offers a pool table and LCD TVs for an added fun-factor.

Don't fall behind on your workout routine just because you're traveling, Aloft's re:charge(SM) Gym is ready to let you work up a sweat 24 hours a day. Care to take a dip? Enjoy the Splash indoor pool for a few laps or a relaxing afternoon. Other nifty features you'll find at Aloft include in-touch terminals where you can easily access the internet and print out information, a kids camp and even the arf(SM) pet program for those traveling with their furry friends.

When a long day around Chicago has taken its toll, retire to your spacious Aloft guest room. With extra-large windows and nine-foot ceilings, these aren't your typical stuffy hotel room. You'll find a plush bed, 42" LCD TV, connectivity station, work space, oversized walk-in showers, Bliss Spa bath amenities, mini fridge, complimentary bottled water, coffee maker, and iron and board. You'll undoubtedly wake up feeling refreshed and energetic after a night in your Aloft room.

For a truly fresh perspective on overnight accommodations, look no further than Aloft Chicago O'Hare when your travel plans find you in this bustling city. Book your stay using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Chicago
By D. Gregory Perrin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
40 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
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During your next vacation in Chicago, Illinois, look no further than the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Downtown to satisfy your hotel accommodation needs. The hotel is in downtown Chicago near the Grand Red Metro Station and only blocks from the Tribune Tower. The check-in time is later in the day at 4 p.m., but the hotel does offer luggage check for any guests that arrive to the hotel early.

This hotel has 2 different sizes of suites including studio suites that have 1 king size bed, or a 1 bedroom suite that has either 1 king size or 2 double beds. All suites offer a pull out sofa for extra sleeping accommodations. The rooms have a color television with all the standard cable channels plus HBO. Homewood knows how important it is to stay connected to the internet and they offer it complimentary. Each suite comes with a kitchen that includes a stove, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, refrigerator, and more.

Guests traveling for work can use the business center which includes fax, printing, and meeting room.  The laundry room is open for guests to wash their clothes if needed.  The swimming pool is an excellent feature for guests to relax in. And, the hotel offers its own fitness center for guests that enjoy working out.

The hotel offers a small complimentary meal each evening on Monday thru Thursday. There is beer and wine available for guests that are of age for drinking. Guests that are hungry can order room service that is available through PF Chang's.

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Chicago Downtown is just what you need while in the city. Wake up each morning to enjoy a
complimentary breakfast. Then check-out is at 12 p.m. on the day of departure from Chicago. EscapeWizard.com knows you will just love your stay. We can assist with booking your hotel reservations by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search through us.
Hotels in Chicago
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL
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Located in the heart of Chicago’s theater district, the Westin Chicago River North is Chicago’s leading upscale downtown hotel. The convenient location places you right in the middle of all of the action, just minutes away from the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. You will also have easy access to wonderful restaurants and first class shopping right outside your door. Take some time to visit the museums in the area, including the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio, the Chicago History museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. At the end of the day, you will find yourself surrounded by some of the best clubs and bars in the area, as well.

Choose from seven different types of rooms and suites, including the two-story Celebrity suite, with room to host 25 people and a dining table for eight. All rooms offer gorgeous views of the city or river, as well as the Westin Heavenly Bed®. You can also enjoy in-room movies and in-room video games on the flat screen television. Dog bed and cribs are available on request. You will also receive a free daily newspaper, which you read while sipping the provided Starbucks® Coffee. 24-hour room service is also available. High speed internet access will be provided for an extra fee. Check in time is 3:00 p.m., and check out time is at 12:00 p.m.

The Westin Chicago River North is home to some of Chicago’s best cuisine. The Ember Grille is well known for its extensive wine list and steaks, but is also open for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a drink or some Japanese fare at the Hana Lounge, which also includes one of Chicago’s best known sushi spots, the Kamehachi Sushi Bar.

Stay in shape while on the road using the WestinWORKOUT® Gym, featuring skyline views. You can also take advantage of the business center, concierge services, and in-room spa options during your stay. The Westin Chicago River North is also the perfect place to host your meeting or event with over 28,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

The Westin Chicago River North is the perfect choice for your stay in Chicago. Just click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started.
Hotels in Chicago
By Chrystyne Jackson
Sheraton Chicago O\'Hare Airport Hotel
6501 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL
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When visiting Chicago, the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel is a wonderful choice of accommodations. This all-suite hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from O’Hare International Airport 24-hours a day. Pets are welcome.

The Sheraton features all two-room suites. Rooms are spacious and decorated for comfort and functionality. All units come with flat screen televisions, in room movies and Nintendo. High speed Internet service is available. Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Beds are available for our canine guests. There is laundry and valet service.

Maintain your workout routine in the fitness facility, which features state of the art cardio and strength equipment. Enjoy American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Myrick’s. Chicago is a vibrant city with much to see and do. Be sure to visit the Museum of Science and Industry, which features a working coal mine and a German submarine captured during World War II, the John Hancock Observatory, a 100-story building offering stunning 360-degree views of the city, the Adler Planetarium, the first planetarium built in the western hemisphere, the Field Museum of Natural History, which boasts a large collection of dinosaur specimens and a comprehensive set of human cultural anthropology exhibits, Shedd Aquarium, which contains over 25,000 fish, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, a 3,300 foot pier on the shore of Lake Michigan which features an array of restaurants, attractions and a giant Ferris wheel and Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the nation. Spend a day shopping on famous Michigan Avenue. Chicago is also home to many outstanding restaurants, clubs, and theaters, offering something for everyone.

Make your visit to Chicago stand out by staying at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.
Hotels in Chicago
By Jessica Howell
W Chicago Hotel - Lakeshore
644 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
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The only hotel overlooking Lake Michigan, the W Chicago – Lakeshore is the premier place to stay if you are traveling to this side of the “windy city.”  Awake from a refreshing night’s sleep in one of the hotels exquisite beds and watch the sun creep above the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan.  Dine in the hotels innovative Mediterranean restaurant, Wave or sip cocktails while enjoying the view at Rande Gerber’s nightclub Whiskey Sky.  If you are looking for hotel that reflects Chicago’s unique heritage and contemporary flare,

Check in at the W Chicago – Lakeshore is at 3 p.m. on the day of your arrival and at noon on the day of your departure.  When you arrive at this exclusive hotel, the first thing you will notice is the modern contemporary design.  Guests can expect the same attitude and flare in every one of the hotels 520 guest rooms. 

No matter what room or suite you choose for your stay, you can reveal in the same lavish amenities.  For your entertainment pleasure, every room features a 32” LCD Flat Screen Television, on command movies, CD/DVD library via Whatever/Whenever, W Book and a DVD Player. 

One thing that is featured in every room is a lavish W Signature bed.  Whether you are tired from a long hot day on the beach or exhausted from an exciting night out on the town, you will revel in the magnificence of the W Signature Bed.  Exquisitely layered 350-thread count cotton blend sheets, goose down duvet, atop a pillow-top mattress, topped with goose down pillows, you will think you are sleeping on a cloud.

With a unique heritage, interesting historical attractions and urban sophistication, Chicago is a city unlike any other in the United States.  If you are planning to visit this thriving metropolis, EscapeWizard.com insists that you book your accommodations at the W Chicago – Lakeshore Hotel.  Click on the following link to book your room today:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  
Hotels in Chicago
By Jessica Howell
Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel
O\'Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL
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The only hotel located within the Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD), the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport hotel is the perfect hotel for guests visiting the windy city or simply passing through.  If you joining the Hilton Chicago hotel for only a night in between flights, you will be happy to know that the hotel is within walking distance of the airport’s domestic terminals.  If you are visiting Chicago on vacation, the indoor walkway to downtown is the perfect transportation option for exploring the neighboring areas – especially during those bitter winter months.   Regardless of the nature of your visit, EscapeWizard.com insists that you book your stay at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel today.

The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Hotel’s prime location makes it a very popular option for people in town on business.  In fact, it has received recognition within the meeting industry for the Best Airport Hotel in the country.  With meeting space for up to 300 guests and 43 individual meeting rooms with full conference capabilities, it is not hard to see how this hotel earned such an accolade. 

The Hilton Chicago O’Hare hotel also boasts a number of guest room options and suites to suit your unique needs while visiting Chicago.  Check-in is at 3 p.m.  and check-out is at 12 noon.  Guests will enjoy the peace and serenity of the signature Serenity Bed by Hilton package.  Layers of crisp sheets, warm duvets and fluffy pillows are complimented by black-out curtains and sound resistant guestrooms for a peaceful night’s sleep.  If you are in town on business, the executive desk with high-speed internet connectivity will help you be productive even if you are burning the midnight oil.  High-speed internet is available in public areas surrounding the hotel; however, high-speed internet within the hotel will cost a small fee.  Please see the hotel’s website for more details.

Whether you are visiting Chicago on business or pleasure, EscapeWizard.com recommends staying at The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel.  Click on the following link to book your room today:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).