Sometimes you just can’t get away. Maybe you don’t have enough time or money to plan some elaborate, last-minute vacation, or maybe you don’t have the vacation days. But surely you can find time to relax for at least a day or two. Good thing we live in Chicago—the city that’s full of good eats and jaw-dropping sights and attractions. The next time you’re considering maxing out your credit card for a trip to some far away land, take a look at what’s around you first. We did, and guess what? We discovered this city is home to some truly memorable stay-cations.
Make Hyatt Centric Your Home Base In The Loop
Explore this urban oasis and its vibrant neighborhoods with ease from the loops central location, just steps from many of Chicago’s transportation hubs. The complimentary coffee bar, 24-hour fitness center, friendly valet service, on site restaurant, spacious suite, and the double vanity made me feel right at home. The options are endless when you stay in the middle of the action at Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago.
Chase Down The Donut Vault & Eat Like A Local
This cash only food-mobile draws in the crowds with it’s old fashion hand crafted donuts. There are two Doughut Vault locations and a vintage Vault Van roaming the city, serving the signature doughnuts. The original Doughnut Vault on Franklin serves Project X drip coffee, a blend roasted exclusively for Hogsalt by Metropolis. At the second shop on Canal, trained baristas prepare classic espresso-based drinks from a full coffee bar. A charming oasis for doughnut lovers, both storefronts feature antique crystal chandeliers, hand-painted menus, and vintage design touches.
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Walk Off Your Meal At Lincoln Park Zoo (It’s Free)
Stroll in and around this 14-acre ecosystem with the backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Connected to Lincoln Park Zoo, the nature boardwalk crisscrosses a large pond which serves as an ecological habitat teeming with turtles, fish, frogs, and birds.
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Explore The Chicago River Walk
Explore Chicago’s rich history, famous architecture and awesome skyline on this winding, wonderful and wacky body of water. It flows backwards, right through the heart of Chicago, linking Lake Michigan to the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. Not only does it get dyed bright green on St. Patrick’s Day, but it also has its own incredible, iconic bridges that open and close to traffic, as well as its very own troupe of water taxis. Set sail, take stroll or if you’re daring take canoeing and kayaking lessons and feel the rivers magic.
Shop Like A Local
Locals avoid Michigan Avenue like the plague and head on over to Wicker Park because it’s a heavy hitter when it comes to trendy women’s fashion boutiques. Those who prefer big box stores head over to State Street.
Relax Like A Local
If you really want to relax like a Chicagoan, pick up a copy of Chicago Woman Magazine, stream Brown Girls on Vimeo, and download music by Ravyn Lenae, Chance The Rapper, Blizzard Babies, and Saba on Google Play or iTunes. Then stop in for handcrafted cocktails, seasonal small plate dining, and a panoramic city views up in the AIRE.
How long has it been since you played tourist in your city?
The suite at Hyatt Centric was complimentary, but all opinions are my own.