Chicago hotels have Stay and Play or Shop packages

Whether living near Chicago or coming to town to visit and holiday shop, a stay downtown adds even more sparkle to the season. Several Chicago hotels have stay and play or stay and shop packages listed on the city’s Explore Chicago website.

The problem is deciding where to book. Hotel choices run the gamut from moderate to luxury and historic to contemporary.

Trump International Hotel and Tower's holiday decorations lean toward the traditional but the gleaming structure and its rooms are high end contemporary

Trump International Hotel and Tower's holiday decorations lean toward the traditional but the gleaming structure and its rooms are high end contemporary

Arguable, the grand dames of the Drake Hotel at the north end of Michigan’s Magnificent Mile or the Palmer House in the heart of Chicago’s downtown come to mind when the words Chicago and hotel are paired.

Convention goers also know the Grand Hyatt and Intercontinental hotels that have long bookended the Chicago River east of Michigan Avenue.

But several new hotels convenient to shopping and sights have sprung up in the river neighborhood. Among them are Trump International Hotel and Tower whose 92 stories takes “sprung-up” to new Chicago heights and 27-story theWit Hotel. Both are “hot” and appeal to architectural fashion followers.

theWit Hotel, a contemporary boutique property on the south side of the Chicago River west of Michigan Avenue, has a perfect combo of short-on-time 25 minute stress reliever massage and overnight stay in its  X Marks the Spot Massage Package.

Take time for a spa treatment to relieve shopping stress. theWit Hotel has a stay package that includes massage time to fit a harried schedule

Take time for a spa treatment to relieve shopping stress. theWit Hotel has a stay package that includes massage time to fit a harried schedule

Depending on date, room choice and whether booking on line or prepaying in advance, the package ranges from about $160 to about $270. The Wit is an AAA Four Diamond hotel within walking distance Loop stores, theatres and Millennium Park. It partners with Doubletree and accepts Hilton Honors.

theWit Hotel, 201 N. State Street, Chicago,  Illinois 60601,312-467-0200

Trump the holidy season

Three skyscrapers stand out among Chicago’s cityscape. The John Hanckock building is the one furthest north. The Willis Tower, North America’s tallest building formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the structure furthest south. In between  is Trump International Hotel and Tower, a AAA Five Diamond Hotel bordering the north side of the Chicago River.

The hotel  has a Shop ‘Til You Drop package for two that includes a $50 credit each in The Spa at Trump, complimentary gift wrapping, continental breakfast, discount cards for area department stores and a one-night stay in a Deluxe Guestroom. Limousine service available at special rate. Package rates start at $455.

Trump International Hotel and Tower 401 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-588-8000

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