It’s been a hot summer and with access to cheap airfare from Punta Gorda Airport, I’m tempted to jet off to a Chicago hotel for a cool fall getaway. The Windy City is one of my favorite American cities because of the friendliness of the people, how clean it appears to be, and of course, it’s food scene. It’s kind of like a chill Manhattan.
Out of Many Chicago Hotels, Why I’d Choose…
Out of many excellent Chicago hotels, I would choose to stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, because of its perfect location near Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Chicago is a fantastic walking city and being located in the heart of the city, as the Radisson Blu Aqua is, it would be easy to get up and go for the day while getting some exercise by hoofing it.
The Windy City is known for its intriguing architecture and this hotel fits right in with its wave-like exterior pattern by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects. This Chicago hotel is housed in an eight-story building that was completed in 2009 and was the first Radisson Blu in the United States. The building received the Emporis Skyscraper Award as the 2009 skyscraper of the year and the hotel was built to LEED standards which is a rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council and has earned Platinum level status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program. The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel offers 334 rooms offering lovely views of either the Chicago Lakefront or Millennium Park.
Taking a look at the hip “fashion-forward” rooms at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, have won me over, too. They have stylish rooms with modern décor, tasteful pops of color and naturally cool guest rooms with equally cool bathrooms. Suites and business class accommodations are offered, too.
Things to Do in Chicago
After getting settled into one of the best Chicago hotels, I’d hit the ground running by:
- Taking a Segway Tour of Chicago (and not fall off, as I’ve done the other two times I’ve been on a Segway);
- Snap a selfie in the reflection of Cloud Gate, the popular bean-shaped sculpture in Millennium Park;
- Tour the Field Museum (because after all the times I’ve visited, I have never taken a proper tour!)
- Every time I visit Chicago I must have a Chicago dog. When properly prepared, it has yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt. To save you from embarrassment, it’s considered rude to add ketchup to your dog.
- Grab a “double cheeze” with “Pepsi, not Coke” and “chips, not fries” at the Billy Goat Tavern, made popular on Saturday Night Live.
Let Me Introduce You to Club Carlson
And while I dream of feeling the chill of a fall getaway, I want to introduce you to Club Carlson which is one of the hotel loyalty reward programs I belong and admittedly, don’t fully utilize as I should. I don’t know why, because Club Carlson, which is for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson), offer their members sweet deals and value added perks.
The new Members Only Rate Exclusive (MORE) allows members to save up to 10 percent more off the lowest available rate at participating hotels when booking directly on Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group websites. This includes when booking on their mobile apps and mobile sites.
Who doesn’t love to save money? It means you can enjoy another Chicago dog!
Updated Oct. 11, 2016: This giveaway has ended. Thank you to those who entered.
Now, here’s the portion you’ve been waiting for – a giveaway! I’m partnering with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to giveaway one lucky reader 30,000 Club Carlson points! Psst. It takes as little as 9,000 for a free room in the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Groovy, right?
What you need to do is:
- If you are not already, head over to the Club Carlson and register to become a member. It’s free!
- Return to this post and comment (on this post) by 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 10, 2016, with where in the world you would like to visit this Fall.
- That’s it!
Best of luck and travel boldly!