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May 12th, 2014

  • Author: Kris Cain

Our Spring Break Chicago Staycation at the Essex Inn & The Shedd Aquarium

Essex Inn Chicago Staycation

Spring break season has just passed. My kids were on Spring break for 2 weeks.  Yes, 2! The first week we pretty much hung around the house and got a few things done. The weather was pretty sucky, and I had a lot of work. They played games, did some homework, and drove each other nuts. LOL! I was not going to take that for another week. :)

I told you before about my stay at the Essex Inn during the Chicago Auto Show. But I was anxious to see how the Inn fared with my kids in tow. We had a FABULOUS time!

The Essex Inn offers several packages that allow you to not only enjoy a great hotel stay, but enjoy some of the attractions in and around downtown Chicago. And they have family friendly packages… Score!! The packages change according to what is going on in the city at the time. We went with the Jellies at the Shedd Aquarium package.

With the Jellies package from $159 you get:

  • Overnight accommodations for two
  • Two VIP tickets to the Shedd Aquarium featuring over 32,500 aquatic animals from around the world
  • Free shuttle (please check at reception for schedule and availability)
  • Take the whole family! Add an additional person to this package for $31 (subject to availability)

Check out the Essex website for more details to see the other available Chicago Staycation packages.

Along with the family package kids get souvenir bags that include snacks, water, sunglasses, and even a Go Fish game. I thought that was really nice, and the kids loved them.

The kids souvenir bag comes with the family package and includes snacks water sunglasses and a Go Fish game

On my last visit I stayed in a Standard King room which was nice. However, this time we were in a Family Suite which could not been more perfect for my family. The suite includes 2 rooms, one with one double bed, a desk, fridge, closet, and TV, and an adjoining room with 2 double beds and TV.

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This was absolutely perfect for us. The 4 kids had the room with double beds, and I was still able to watch TV and work in the single room once they were gone to sleep.

Essex Inn packages for families

The bathroom in the suite is also perfect for families. Although small I love that the tub and toilet are in a separate area than the sink. With 4 kids this was perfect. Someone could be in the shower, while a couple more were brushing their teeth without being in the way.

Since there is a fridge I packed juice, bottled water, lunch meat, pudding, yogurt, crackers, and more for snacks. Although I do wish that there was a microwave as well. But having a lot of snacks and cold eats with us saved me a bundle in food costs. However, we were less than 2 blocks from Lou Malnati’s Pizza. We ate dinner there the first night. I had to let the kids experience Lou’s! And they loved it! On night 2 we went for a walk and ended up with chicken wings from Wingstop.

In our room we had a stunning view of the Museum Campus, the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, Michigan Ave, and surrounding high rise buildings. This provided great scenery during the day and at night.

Family Hotel packages in Chicago

But where did we spend most of our time?? The pool! The Essex Inn has a great pool and lounge area.

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My kids spent a couple of hours in there the first night, and a ton of time in there on day 2. There is a life guard on duty whichI like. While they played I relaxed and watched. LOL! Although, I had visions of sitting in the sauna. Next time!

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I was so proud of my boys! They are usually a little fearful of water only going in up to their waste. LOL! But they splashed and played and kept asking to get back in the water. They were pretty much little prunes the whole time.

Hotel packages in Chicago for famlies

We ate breakfast at the onsite restaurant, Brasserie by LM. The kids loved it. The kids menu includes great, fun, unique dishes that they enjoyed eating.

Although the Essex offers a shuttle, since we were close we walked over to the Aquarium through the park. We got lucky since it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day. We stopped for plenty of photos along the way.

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It was a beautiful day and the more we walked the more it warmed up. We took our jackets off during our walk. It was funny because that night when we went out we really needed them!

Essex Inn family packages

We had a great time at the Aquarium. The VIP pass includes access to all attractions, so we took advantage of it. It had been a while since I was last there, so I loved looking at all of the fish as well as the new attractions.

Essex Inn family packages

What is it about looking at pretty fish that turns you into a big kid? I feel like I kept saying “Ooooh, look at the fishy!” LOL! We also really enjoyed the new aquatic show, One World.The show includes dolphins, sea lions, and beluga whales. There was even a special treat…. a sweet rescue dog that the Shedd took in and trained.

Essex Inn family packages

We checked out the Jellies which were awesome. I could not get enough of looking at them and snapping photos.

Essex Inn Chicago family packages

The kids (ok, only a couple of the kids) touched the stingrays. We made sure to look at just about everything.

Essex Inn family packages in Chicago

We had a really good time on our staycation. It was like we went away, but I only had to drive into the city. The kids are already asking when we can go back. And they cannot get enough of talking about the pool!

If you are planning a stay in downtown Chicago the Essex Inn is certainly worth checking out. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the rooms are very well put together and very clean, and the location is perfect for easy access to everything that Downtown has to offer.

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement in the compensated Essex Inn Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

March 3rd, 2014

  • Author: Kris Cain

The Essex Inn: A Hidden Jewel in Downtown Chicago

When I attended the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month I had the pleasure of staying at the Essex Inn of Chicago. Even though I live in the Chicago area, I am about 1 hour from downtown Chicago in traffic, longer during rush hour. So when I can I choose to stay downtown for events that span more than one day. This way I can avoid the hassle of traffic and high parking rates.

The Essex Inn hotel in Chicago

In a world of huge downtown hotels the Essex Inn is a smaller family owned inn that has been in business since 1961. The Essex Inn is not a franchise. It is an one and only. The inn includes 254 guest rooms which may sound small compared to some of the larger hotels, but I think that is a great size for bringing in family, or even hosting a small conference. As you look around the inn you can see that there have been many recent updates, some still going on. The Essex Inn offers a few different guest rooms with a king bed, double queen, or suites with separate sitting areas to fit you and your family. Rooms are comfortable, spacious, and include a desk, plenty of outlets (important to me), and a mini-fridge.

Chicago hotel room in the Essex Inn
Inn Amenities

  • 254 Guest Rooms
  • 3 Banquet Rooms
  • 1 Board Room
  • 1 Media Room (currently being upgraded)
  • Restaurant (Brasserie by LM ) with beautiful private dining room
  • Large Pool
  • Large Fitness Facility
  • Sauna
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Indoor Valet Parking
  • Close to Downtown
  • Shuttle Service (stops running early)
  • Free (but slow) WiFi

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As I took a tour of the hotel I was quite impressed by all of the amenities offered, especially the amazing indoor swimming pool.

Gym at the Essex Inn

There is also a great fitness room that provides a great view of the pool area.

From outside, or even from the lobby it does not appear that so much is tucked in there. Besides the pool and fitness center, there is space for conferences. There is also a free shuttle that takes you to some of the hotspots downtown. Sadly, I did not get to try out the shuttle because the times did not match my schedule. It stops running a bit early, and is not timed for downtown night life. However, it is nice that they do offer the service.

Some of the rooms offer spectacular views of Michigan Ave, the Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, Lake Michigan, the Sears Tower, and Downtown Chicago. I can just imagine what the below photo will look like when everything is not covered in snow. I look forward to seeing this view when it’s sunny and green. :)

View of Chicago from Essex InnMore Pros 

  • Just outside of busy downtown Chicago
  • Low rates
  • Free shuttle
  • Several amenities

Issues
Cramped bathrooms:
 As mentioned the inn has recently undergone renovations. I was told that some of the bathrooms got a face-lift. However as a result they are a bit small, and the sink is tiny. But, it gets the job done. How much time do you need to spend with the sink anyway? :) More Pros

I would definitely recommend the Essex Inn to someone looking for a good room in downtown Chicago. With many packages available that include shows, shopping, and more for families to enjoy Chicago it offers great value.

Disclosure: My room at the Essex Inn was comped in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Kris Cain is a Chicago area mom to 2 sets of twins, and Digital Lifestyle Expert. On her blog, LittleTechGirl.com she writes about her love of technology, social media, travel, and anything else that crosses her mind. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

February 25th, 2014

Spring Break in Chicago at the Essex Inn

At the Essex Inn, we know just how important it is for you to spend quality time with your family. We all have busy working lives with many responsibilities and it is not always as easy to spend as much time with our families as we would like. That’s why when you and your family choose to spend your spring break in Chicago at the Essex Inn, we work hard to ensure that you have a relaxing and exciting time. With so many fun things for you to do in the Windy City, we are certain that your stay with us will be a vacation that you remember forever. While these are just a few of the attractions and activities that can occupy your time during your families spring break, they are some of our favorites.

Visit the Shedd Aquarium
There are plenty of family friendly attractions dotted around the city and Shedd Aquarium is certainly one of the most popular. It has so much more to offer than your local aquarium that’s home to fish and sea creatures – when you visit Shedd Aquarium, you get to experience one of a kind animal encounters. You can stand on an underwater ledge and meet a beluga whale face to face, touch the feathers of the aquarium’s penguins, and even become a marine mammal trainer for a day!

360 Chicago, formally known as John Hancock Observatory
If you and your kids want to experience a view like you have never seen before, checking out the observatory is an absolute must. At a staggering 1000 feet above the ground you’ll not only experience incomparable views of Chicago, but also of the 4 surrounding states and the Lake Michigan area. Additionally, the observatory has newly installed interactive screens that will give you and your family the opportunity to learn more about the city.

Swim in our rooftop pool
When you stay with us at the Essex Inn, you don’t even have to go outside to have a good time. If you and the kids are in the mood for a lazy day after spending your vacation exploring the city’s sights, then why not take some time to relax and go swimming in our rooftop pool? By the springtime the weather will be warming up just enough for you to enjoy a drink beside the water while your kids splash around and let off some steam.

January 29th, 2014

Things to do in Chicago in Summer

 

Family summer vacation offers at the Essex Inn, Chicago.

There is no place in the world for a vacation like Chicago. With tons of culture, numerous attractions, and a multitude of activities, it is impossible to visit this city and feel bored. Chicago is a fantastic vacation destination for groups of friends, couples, and solo travelers, but has a particular appeal for families. From toddlers to grandmothers, Chicago has enough appeal to wow every member of the family.

Here are some of the activities that families can enjoy while vacationing in Chicago:

Visit the zoo

Lincoln Park’s Zoo is a fantastic place for a family day out.  As an added bonus, entry to the zoo is completely free of charge. Family vacations can easily become very expensive, however a trip to the zoo is a great way of reigning in your budget while still having fun. Animals you will be able to see include African lions, jaguars, meerkats, chimpanzees, pythons, crocodiles, and countless others. A trip to Lincoln Park Zoo is suitable for all ages and can inspire a love of nature and the outdoors in young visitors.

Take a sailing trip

In Chicago, there are several companies that offer sailing trips on Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes of North America. Fans of the outdoors will not want to miss out on the fresh air of a sailing adventure. On your trip you will be able to relax while enjoying a family picnic on deck, and take in the stunning scenery all around you. If you’re lucky, you will get a glimpse of the lake’s native wildlife such as falcons and hawks.

Enjoy an immersive theater experience

There are more than 200 unique theaters in the Chicago area, making it one of the best places for performing arts in the country. Many of the shows on Chicago stages are family friendly, and the most popular of them all is the Blue Man Group. This combination of music, art, dance, and comedy is a completely immersive theater experience that will have every member of the family captivated by the performance.

At the Essex Inn, we offer superior family accommodation in the heart of Chicago. We provide a free shuttle service around the downtown area for the best access to all of the family friendly activities and attractions. Book your stay and create lifelong memories on your next family vacation in Chicago.

January 8th, 2014

  • Author: Melisa Wells

Chicago Insider Secrets

Being a Chicago native (and the author of a Chicago family travel guide!), I have experienced countless sights, sounds, and tastes all over the city—the entire city—and suburbs. That said, everybody knows that the Loop has the highest concentration of entertainment and dining options per square mile in the Chicagoland area.

Whether you’re a local who wants to take a little staycation or a tourist on vacation, the Loop is where you want to be in order to make the most of your time. Staying at a hotel on South Michigan Avenue, specifically the Essex Inn, is a great idea for several reasons:

  1. You are SUPER close—walking distance, or a quick cab right in the deep winter—to famous attractions like the Museum Campus (home of the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium), Grant Park, Millennium Park, and the Art Institute.
  2. You are VERY close—still within walking distance in good weather—to the Magnificent Mile if you want to do some shopping or experience some fantastic restaurants and, at the north end, the original Water Tower and the John Hancock Observatory.
  3. If you have somewhere else to go in the downtown area that requires a longer cab ride, like the Museum of Science and Industry or Ed Debevic’s? You’re still less than ten minutes away!
  4. The Essex Inn is much more reasonably priced than hotels closer to the Gold Coast, which allows you to spend what you save on FUN. (They also have an attached parking garage with discounted overnight parking for guests—with in and out privileges!)
  5. If you’re staying in the winter, you can enjoy the indoor pool at the Essex Inn, where it’s balmy all year ‘round!
  6. I love the special deals offered by the Essex Inn that allow you to “stay and play”. Packages include a room for two and tickets to local attractions like Blue Man Group, the Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, and lots of other options. More information can be found here: http://www.essexinn.com/special-deals/all-packages/

Now that I’ve provided you with some “public information”, I have some insider secrets for you: there are all kinds of free things to do in the city of Chicago. Whenever I recommend activities to visiting friends, I provide a mix of “famous” and “not widely known”. Here are some of my Free Favorites, all indoors and within walking distance of the Essex Inn:

  1. The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) building was the city’s original library. The books have been moved to the Harold Washington Library but the gorgeous glass, mother-of-pearl, and stone mosaics (along with the world’s largest Tiffany glass dome) bring in lots of beauty-appreciating visitors every year.
  2. The Chicago Model City (224 South Michigan Ave.) is an up-to-date, 320-square-foot, three-dimensional model of the city, created by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It’s a great way to see the city in a different way.
  3. Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s) on State Street (111 N. State St.) is home to the iconic Great Clocks, the Burnham Fountain, and the Tiffany Ceiling, which is the largest unbroken example of Tiffany Favrile glass in the world, and SO worth the trip. (Make sure to look at it from the ground floor and then take the elevators to the 5th floor to see it up close!)

These are just three examples; there are so many more! No matter how you plan to spend your time in Chicago, the Essex Inn is the perfect home base for your adventures.

Melisa Wells
Blogger: SuburbanScrawl.com
Co-Producer at LTYM Chicago: ListenToYourMotherShow.com/Chicago
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Find me on Twitter @melisalw

Disclosure: Complimentary accommodations were provided in order to provide feedback on our visit. All comments, photos and opinions are my own.

December 6th, 2013

Chicagoan Holiday

I love Chicago at any time of year, but I love it even more during the holidays. My family always enjoys coming to visit, and when they do they always stay at Essex Inn. The Inn is located in the Downtown Chicago area, near Grant Park, Soldier Field and Navy Pier, so it’s a conveniently located for them. It is also near the Theater district, which is home to Broadway in Chicago events at the Oriental Theatre, Broadway Playhouse, Bank of America Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Essex Inn also offers guests a free shuttle that goes to The Magnificent Mile, which is a great place for dining, shopping or visiting local attractions like John Hancock Observatory. If you’re a history or mystery buff, Chicago hosts bone-chilling ghost tours at Chicago Hauntings – where you can visit ghostly stops and Gangster prohibition era locales.

While staying at the Essex Inn this holiday season, be sure to enjoy the magic and festivities that is the holiday season has in store. Here are some of the holiday events taking place this season in and around Chicago:

  • Start 2014 on the water! Sail with the Odyssey Cruises along the spectacular Chicago coast and enjoy our world-renowned skyline. The Odyssey offers a dinner menu, live entertainment and private seating.
  • Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is an annual family-friendly holiday event in Chicago! There are tons of different rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Macy’s on State Street 2013 Great Tree Lighting & 46th Annual Animated Holiday Windows Revealed. Macy’s kicks off the holiday season with the annual Great Tree Lighting and immediately following the Tree Lighting, the kid’s department on level 5 will have holiday family fun while passersby can expect to once again be amazed with this year’s Macy’s window display.
  • Beginning in early November, McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink will open for public sessions. Visitors can bring their skates or rent them for a only $10 to enjoy ice skating with the view of Chicago!
  • Michigan Avenue – One of America’s great shopping streets, is at its best during the holiday season. There are not only holiday offers along the avenue, but it is always beautifully decorated with white lights and holiday décor!
  • Christkindlmarket German Market. In the heart of Chicago, there’s a little bit of Germany! This open-air market has the look and feel of a little German village in the heart of Chicago – perfect for the whole family to do your holiday shopping or just to enjoy some traditional German Glühwein!
  • Zoo Lights – The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of my favorite family fun activities. The entire zoo is decked out in holiday lights decorated to the hilt and there are lots of fun family activities. The best part is that it is free.
  • The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival always the Saturday before Thanksgiving, kicking off the holiday season! There is a full day of family friendly events, great holiday shopping along the Mile, the grand Tree Lighting Parade with Mickey & Minnie!
  • The Nutcracker at the Joffrey Ballet is the most iconic holiday show – a sophisticated way to spend an evening!
  • A Christmas Carol – A favorite Christmas story for many. The Goodman Theater always puts on a top-notch production.
  •  Tea at The Drake – A relaxing way to take a break from the frenetic pace of shopping on Michigan Avenue.

Chicago is a place for the whole family to enjoy while visiting, and few times are better than the holiday season. With so much to do and see, all you really need is the perfect accommodation! Essex Inn also offers free gift wrapping for all your holiday gifting needs!

December 2nd, 2013

  • Author: Nicole Brady, Bettendorf, Iowa

Friendly Staff, Convenient Location and a Lifeguard on Duty

After living in Los Angeles for so many years, small town life can get a bit… well… boring. With the investment of a few hours in the car, we can break up the monotony even if for only a weekend.

Chicago is our big city of preference. It’s only a few hours away and has everything we could want for entertainment. All the major sports are represented, theatre and concerts, conferences and trade-shows, museums of all types and shopping, shopping, shopping.

Whenever we go, we make the most of our time and plan things for the entire day. We often end up getting a hotel for at least one night. This particular trip was focused on the kids beginning with a morning at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair followed by a trip to one of the museums.

 

Essex Inn outside view

 

The Essex Inn on South Michigan Avenue had just what we needed: an overnight package designed with the kids in mind. We reserved the Kids Rule package which includes accommodations for four in one of their family suites, a choice of passes to select family attractions and a welcome bag for the kids.

When we were done with the toy and game fair, we headed over to the hotel to see if our room was ready. Check-in was 4 but we arrived earlier than anticipated: shortly after lunch. Although our room wasn’t ready, they had our VIP passes to Shedd Aquarium right at the desk. The friendly staff parked our vehicle, stored our bags and requested a rush on our room so it would be available whenever we decided to return.

Shedd Aquarium is a short 15 minute walk away with the majority of it on a lovely pathway.  Admission into Shedd Aquarium is NOT cheap but it is well worth it.  The show is excellent and the exhibits are breathtaking. Seriously… look at the jelly fish! Aren’t they so pretty?!

Jellyfish at the Shedd Aquarium

 

The passes we received with our package included all the exhibits and shows, excluding the 4D movie.  If we were to factor OUT the passes because we would have purchased them anyhow, that leaves the net cost of our hotel room far less than any other hotel we’ve looked into downtown.

While at the aquarium, I was notified that our room was ready so after we had seen everything we wanted, we headed back to the hotel to finish checking in. My kids were excited to each receive a welcome back filled with snacks and other goodies – each with a different game and snack than the other.

Kids welcome bag

 

As for me – I was thrilled to see that the kids’ room was separate from where we would be sleeping. Those nice comfy, cozy beds you see in that picture are in a room adjacent to where the parents sleep.

Separate kids room at the Essex Inn

Did you catch that? A different room.  With a different TV. With a door that closes. They have their own privacy (and early bedtime followed by cartoons in the morning) while parents have a bed, TV, fridge and coffee pot in the room attached to the entrance door.

Our day was pretty exhausting but we were still tossing around the idea of heading to the Magnificent Mile to go shopping. The American Girl store was our destination of choice and someplace that has eluded us on prior visits. The Essex Inn provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the shopping areas so we didn’t even have to worry about parking or grabbing a taxi.

Of course, we did have to worry about the parade and other festive activities happening that we forgot about.  Because of the street closures, the closest the driver would be able to get us to where we needed to be was a few blocks. In the frigid cold (and following a 15 minute walk from the Shedd), we opted to just hang out at the hotel.  The American Girl store will have to wait for our next trip.

The hotel offers a beautiful view, a nice restaurant, a sizeable fitness area and a rooftop pool.  The fitness area included free weights, various machines and TVs to help pass your time.

Chicago hotel with fitness center

While deemed “rooftop” pool, it isn’t open to the cold winter air. It’s in an atrium area adjacent to the fitness room and boasts a cozy sauna. The Essex Inn offers one thing that really stood out: a lifeguard on duty. Of all the hotels we’ve ever stayed at in various cities, I can honestly say I have never seen a lifeguard on duty at one. There’s always a sign that says something akin to “swim at your own risk”.

Rooftop pool

After a good night’s sleep, we opted to cash in our “One Free Child’s Breakfast with the Purchase of an Adult Breakfast” tickets that came with our package. We had looked at the menu the night before and the kids’ menu alone made me want to dine there. I couldn’t get past the Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast and Chocolate Hazelnut Crepes. Whether the kids planned on ordering them or not, they were getting one of those so I could have a bite.

While we received a paper menu, I just loved the posted menu. It was a giant blackboard that covered one of the walls.

Brasserie grill menu on a blackboard

There were a lot of choices that sounded fantastic for breakfast; I opted for savory crepes. The plate didn’t look huge but it was extremely filling and delicious.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crepes at the Brasserie Grill inside Essex Inn

Following our great breakfast, we checked out and headed home. Overall, our stay was excellent with only a few hiccups that were no big deal. Every staff member we encountered was extremely friendly and helpful, including one of the cleaning staff who overheard us trying to decide whether to grab a Coke from one machine or a Pepsi from the machine on the floor below.  We’ll certainly be looking at the other packages at The Essex Inn when we’re ready to make another trip to Chicago!

Oh yeah… In case you’re wondering, our 10 year old daughter ordered the Chocolate Hazelnut French Toast and yes, I did steal a bite.  It was to-die for. She wants to come back just for THAT!

Disclosure: Complimentary accommodations were provided in order to provide feedback on our visit. All comments, photos and opinions are my own.

Nicole Brady
Social Media Mom & Publisher at SahmReviews.com

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November 20th, 2013

  • Author: Miss Lori

The Inn – The Key To The City & My Heart

The key to a great vacation is going somewhere your children will never have a reason to say those dreaded words, “I’m bored.” The key to a great vacation is staying somewhere that has room for everyone in your family to lay their heads comfortably. The key to a great vacation is finding a hotel that meets all of  your needs; parking, eating, sleeping, playing, relaxing. You will find all of the keys you need for a great vacation at the Essex Inn Chicago, because there they specialize in giving guests the key to the city with every reservation. That’s exactly what my children and I experienced during our stay recently. From the moment we arrived to the minute we checked out our every need was met. We valeted our car, checked in for our reservation, explored our 2 room, three bed family suite, dipped several toes in the full size-rooftop pool, sweat mightily in the sauna, ran a mile or two in the fitness center, sampled French cuisine in the Brasserie by LM restaurant and nurtured our curiosity at two separate museums in the city. Oh yes, not only had Essex Inn Chicago given us the keys to a great vacation, but they gave us the keys to a fabulous family memory as well.

Thank you Essex Inn Chicago. You now have the key to my family’s heart.

Miss Lori's family vacation at the Essex Inn Chicago

The Essex Inn Chicago is the key to the city

SMILE On!

Miss Lori

Disclosure: Some or all of the products or services mentioned were provided to Miss Lori free of charge. Nevertheless, her opinions are expressly her own.

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October 18th, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Chicago’s Essex Inn, in partnership with White Way Sign Company, promotes the kickoff of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 816 white bulbs of the Essex Inn marquee sign have been replaced with pink bulbs, adding a pink glow to Chicago’s skyline. A number of hotel-wide initiatives, along with the pink bulbs, which will remain a fixture at the Essex Inn for the next 365 days, and continue to bring Breast Cancer awareness to downtown Chicago for the next year.

In addition to their pink sign, the Essex Inn will mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 2 by making a $2,500 donation to their ongoing Breast Cancer charity partner, A Silver Lining Foundation, that provides cost free mammograms and diagnostic testing to uninsured and underinsured women and men at 10 partner hospitals in the greater Chicagoland area and Rockford.

We are also turning our website pink for the month of October and November! Read the full press release with more information here!

 

The Signature Survivor Cocktail by the hotel restaurant, Brasserie by LM

The Signature Survivor Cocktail by the hotel restaurant, Brasserie by LM

Mary Twomey, Director of Sales and Marketing, presenting a check to the Silver Lining Foundation on behalf of the Essex Inn

Mary Twomey, Director of Sales and Marketing (center), presenting a check to the Silver Lining Foundation on behalf of the Essex Inn

The fabulous crowd supporting Breast Cancer Awareness - a big thank you to everyone!

The fabulous crowd supporting Breast Cancer Awareness – a big thank you to everyone!

 

 

 

 

September 27th, 2013

A Fresh New Look

Our renovated modernized lobby has everyone talking! Our staff and guests are very happy with the new look and the new additions it has to offer. Some of these include our Business Hub– where guests can use the internet free of charge, and print any documents they need. We also added a Work Station, which is a communal area with access to outlets. This is a great area for guests to work on their laptops at any time of day, whenever they need to unwind or catch up on some work.

Ultimately, we want to make sure our guests are comfortable and enjoying their stay in Chicago with us. Our new lobby really helps us achieve this goal – with more technology accessible to guests, as well as seating areas. Below is a glimpse of our new lobby – and we look forward to your next stay with us!

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