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Trip Report The Country Cousins go to Chicago- Memorial Day 2013

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We just had a wonderful long weekend in Chicago. We come from rural Virginia and always love an opportunity to enjoy a big city.

My mom went to Chicago last year and raved about it. Now we saw what all the fuss was about--Chicagoans are so nice! And the city is so beautiful! We loved it.

Hotel
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower - This was a convenient location ("River North" on Priceline, which is where we booked). It was a twenty minute walk to the Art Institute and the Loop, close to a bus stop to get to Navy Pier, and close to the "L" (Chicago stop on the red line) to get to and from the airport and Museum Campus. Also very close to the "Gold Coast" for plenty of good food and then nice walks around historic homes.

The hotel is also lovely. Our travel style is usually to stay in a boutique hotel when we want to stay somewhere nice and to just go budget when we stay in a chain so this was outside our "usual" hotel. It was a nice change! The staff was welcoming, the hotel was pretty and our room was nice. It was very quiet despite being at 100% capacity.

So here's where the "country cousins" come in--we don't usually stay at a place that offers a robe and slippers. I knew not to take the robe (duh) but the slippers seemed "disposable." It bothered me to think they would throw them out, adding to landfills so I called housekeeping and made sure it was ok to take them home with me [ok, now all you business and high end travelers have had a good laugh]. I will now make good use of them until they are truly worn out.

We would certainly stay at this hotel again and I recommend it.

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