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Four Points Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

One block west of North Michigan Avenue, the major shopping district and upscale retail section of Chicago called the ‘Magnificent Mile’ is Four Points Chicago Downtown-Magnificent Mile. The hotel is next to Trader Joe’s supermarket for access to food and drink when a restaurant is not in your meal plans.    This hotel stay was…

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Renaissance Blackstone Chicago $96 rate

Marriott’s Renaissance Blackstone Chicago has a 96-hour tax return sale for $96 rates through the remainder of 2013. The sale ends at 12 midnight Thursday, April 18 (CDT). I checked dates for May and November to find scattered availability. Enter code L9Z in the “Corporate/promotional code” box. The rate of $96 is a prepaid,…

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Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago Mansion House room style

Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago offers rooms in two styles with ‘Naturally Cool’ light woods and ‘Mansion House’ blue tones and sparkling bathroom tile. The room I stayed in for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 2013 Full Service Brands conference was the Mansion House style. The three nights at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago were complimentary…

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Chicago River Architecture Tour

The first skyscraper was built in Chicago and completed in 1885 after William Jenny won an 1883 building design contest by the Home Insurance Company.  The first skyscraper at 138 feet had a 10-story design using a metal cage covered in stone for fireproofing. Preventing fire in downtown Chicago was a major concern after the…

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W Chicago City Center in blue ray

I walked into the W Chicago City Center and I felt that ‘WOW’ factor that I never got at the Chicago W Lakeshore. W Chicago City Center at 172 West Adams Street is across the street from the JW Marriott  hotel, a historical building renovation, scheduled to open sometime in the next few months opened…

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Chicago Tourist – Great Walks

Last week was my first trip ever into downtown Chicago.  My viewpoint is the imagery of Chicago for a first-timer. I love architectural design and Chicago is one of the world’s great cities for architecture. Yet there are park spaces within the vicinity of the downtown hotels on both the south side and north side…

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