I have always wanted to visit Chicago and a great WestJet promotion sealed the deal for our September long weekend. Now our visit did get off to a rocky start when we were “walked” from our hotel to a hotel half way through Illinois; however, we recovered nicely in order to enjoy and action packed weekend full of sunny fine days.
We stayed at the Tremont. The hotel is in the best location possible. Right off the Magnificent mile, a 5 minute walk to the lake and beaches and about 20 minutes to Millennium Park. You simply won’t find a better place from a location perspective. Of course that we were walked on our first night and sent to a hotel so far away from downtown – obviously did cloud our first night and the next day and has ultimately left a bad taste for the Tremont. What I did find out is that it is quite common for hotels in Chicago to walk their guests- so if you are checking in late ensure you call ahead and make sure they still have your room! The Tremont itself is an older hotel- more of a boutique hotel. There are no vending machines or ice machines (you need to call the front desk for ice) nor is there a gym. I didn’t notice lack of gym as we were so close to the running path along the lake I ran every morning beside the fresh water. The hotel is older and the Wi-Fi is pretty shaky but the Starbucks across the street has a great strong signal.
Chicago is a great walking city- the only need for transport was to visit communities outside of the downtown. There is so very much to explore downtown it will keep you busy for a considerable amount of time, plus the draw of the beach is enough to fill sunny warm vacation days!
It was well into the next day before we were settled and we were starving. We decided to follow our noses and stomachs and we landed at Rosebud on Rush for an incredible breakfast with outstanding service. We were excited about the food in Chicago and our first meal was not a disappointment! Of course I will fill you in on all our food excesses while in Chicago!!! Stay tuned!