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A Chicago StayCation

This post is in partnership with the Red Roof Inn.

I moved to Chicago 20 years ago. I absolutely love everything about the city of Chicago. When you are in the city, you feel alive! The hustle and bustle is something that makes me happy! (I know not all people agree). I love exploring new restaurants, finding hidden gems, making memories and just taking in all the city has to offer. 12 years ago my husband and I moved to the suburbs. I agreed to moving to the suburbs as long as we still made it a point to head to the city as much as possible. I want our kids to love Chicago as much as I do.

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Christmas Break is one of the best times to visit the city. It is a great time to take in all the fun holiday events Chicago has to offer but it is also a nice break from being at home. A few days after Christmas the kids, my mother in law and I headed to the city for a much needed getaway. We wanted to be a tourist in Chicago! We first checked into the new St. Clair Hotel by Red Roof Inn. When I lived in the city I spent a lot of time in this area, brings back a lot of fun memories. It is just steps away from Michigan Avenue! You can park your car and walk everywhere you need to go! You can get to Water Tower, Garrett’s Popcorn, Navy Pier, Eataly, Dylan’s Candy Bar and much more in just a few minutes!

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We parked our car for $25 for over 24 hours using the spot hero app! Parking in Chicago can be expensive this is an great way to save money. We only had to walk a block from our parking garage to the St. Clair Hotel. The St. Clair hotel is the first in the Red Collection. It is an affordable hotel with upscale amenities. A few things I love about the St. Clair hotel is that it is dog friendly and it is one of the only hotels on the Mag mile that offers a 2 king beds in one hotel room! This is perfect for larger families. We also appreciated the sound machine and ear plugs. When you are use to the quiet of the suburbs this can come in handy while staying the night in the city. The location honestly is one of the bests that I have ever experienced in Chicago. If you have kids and need to go back to rest, feed or just take a break it is steps away from the Mag mile and makes it super easy! I already have plans to stay at the St. Clair Hotel in the summer. If you haven’t been to Chicago in the summer, you should put it on your bucket list!

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We had a nice lunch at Beatrix in Streeterville. It was only a 2 minute walk from the hotel. They have Brunch, Lunch and dinner. The kids wanted to hit up Water Tower for some shopping. They had receive gift cards for Christmas that were burning holes in their pockets! While we were their we discovered the Van Gogh For All exhibit. It is a traveling art exhibit that immerses you into the artwork of Van Gogh! It was a perfect opportunity to take some fun photos of the kids! After shopping we grabbed hot chocolates and coffee, took in the sights on our walk back to the Saint Clair Hotel.

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We checked in and went up to our room. I have stayed in a lot of different hotels in Chicago. We were very impressed with how clean our room was. It is newly renovated and that was very apparent. One of the things I loved the most was that their isn’t carpet in the hotel room but they had tile wood floors. This makes things feel clean and fresh. (you don’t see that often) We hung out in our room for a short bit before getting ready for dinner.

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We went to IL Porcellino my newest favorite Italian restaurant. The food was outstanding! It was only a 14 minute walk from our hotel. We were lucky because the temperature was 45 when we were visiting. It made walking bearable.

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I had heard about the Art at the Mart at the Merchandise Mart right before we headed to the city. I knew it was going to go on a break at the end of December until March. I wanted to make sure we checked it out. After dinner we took a quick cab over to Franklin and Wacker to view the incredible light show. (we could of walked but were feeling lazy by than.) The show was incredible! It you have the chance to view the light show this spring, I highly recommend it!

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We grabbed a cab and headed to Lincoln Park Zoo for the Zoo Lights. My kids had never been to the Zoo Lights and they really enjoyed. They especially enjoyed the light maze.

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The next day we woke up and had breakfast across the street from The Saint Clair hotel at Cooper Fox Gastropub. We headed to Dylan’s Candy Bar for some much needed sweets!

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Before we headed home we checked off one important thing off our bucket list! We went to the top of Willis Tower! This is something both of my kids have been dying to do. I have lived her for 20 years and have never done it! We only had to wait in a 20 minute line. It was definitely worth it. A memory all four of us will cherish.

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Willis Tower Chicago


If you are looking for a fun and memorable trip to Chicago make sure you check out the St. Clair Hotel! You will not be disappointed!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are honest and my own.






































































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Altitude Trampoline Park Chicago

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Altitude Trampoline Park Chicago

The first trampoline park has opened in Chicago city limits and kids everywhere are jumping for joy.  

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Altitude Trampoline Park just opened in the West Loop and the kids and I had a chance to check it out while participating in a segment for Fox 32 Chicago

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Altitude has attractions for kids of all ages (and adults!) to enjoy. There are tons of trampolines, a rock wall, dodgeball, wipeout, trapeze, monkey bars and lots of foam pits.  

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Besides having everything needed to keep kids entertained for hours, Altitude has a great concession area with plenty of seating and snacks to please the pickiest eater. Items like applesauce pouches and string cheese are alongside a coffee bar that will make the grownups smile. Chips, candy and plenty of drinks are also available. 

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Free lockers are available to store shoes, coats, diaper bags or anything else you don’t want to have to keep track of while out in the park.  

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Altitude grip socks are required to keep participants from slipping on attractions. There are sizes little kid to adult available at the front desk when you sign in. 

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Another perk is having all forms and waivers available online. I can’t tell you how many times I have been feverishly trying to read and complete a waiver while a bag is slipping off my shoulder and a kid is practically pulling my arm off trying to get into the activity. The online waiver is gold.  

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We spent our last day of winter break at Altitude and it was the best way to end vacation. You can check out the Good Day Chicago segment HERE.  

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Our family just can’t wait to go back. If you want to check out Altitude for yourself, visit altitudechicago.com for details on hours and pricing. Or come to the Altitude Grand Opening Celebration Sunday, January 13th.  There will be special guests, music, food trucks and more!  You can get all of the details HERE

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A big thanks to 2 Moms Media for hosting us!

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Holiday Magic in Chicago: The Saint Clair Hotel

This post is in partnership with the Red Roof Inn.

This post is in partnership with the Red Roof Inn.

There’s no place more magical to celebrate the holidays than Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. To really experience all things holiday, you need to be in the middle of it all at night. When Red Roof Inn asked us to visit their new Red Collection property, The Saint Clair Hotel, located at Saint Clair and Ontario (162 E. Ontario), we jumped at the chance!

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The Red Collection from Red Roof Inn is a simple, modern take on the hotel experience. With it’s AMAZING location in the heart Streeterville, the Saint Clair Hotel is the perfect spot to camp out for a staycation or even for a long stay.

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The Magnificent Mile lights are gorgeous to experience in person. Michigan Avenue just turns into a magical place with great shopping, even more fun places like Dylan’s Candy Bar, the American Girl Store and the Lego Store.

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Perhaps the most exciting part for these suburban kids is calling a cab and heading to the other side of town for extra holiday fun with their aunt and uncle.

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After our fun night out in the city, we were able to come back to the Saint Clair Hotel and relax in TWO King beds. For our family of five this was heavenly.

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We did some family snuggly and watched a holiday movie on the Hallmark Channel (our hotel got ALL the channels!) and then split into a kid bed and parent bed.

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The beds were so comfortable and our room even had a sound machine. There were plenty of plugs to charge all of our devices over night. Everyone got a great night’s sleep and we were ready to tackle the day in the city before heading home.

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The Red Collection’s Saint Clair Hotel will definitely be at the top of our list the next time we are planning to stay in the city. We were really impressed with the first property in the Red Collection and can’t wait to see where the next one will open!

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Important hotel details: valet Parking is available for $58 per night with in and out privileges. The St. Clair Hotel’s 208 modern, amenity-filled rooms have been revitalized, renovated and upgraded. Guests can also expect a restaurant on premise in the future.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are honest and my own.

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an amazing holiday show perfect for the entire family.  

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There is singing and dancing but really it’s a lot of unbelievable things. 

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Like this guy hanging from a hoop.  

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and this couple dangling by their necks while spinning on roller skates. 

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There are also amazing contortionists.  

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And my family couldn’t take their eyes away from the stage for a second.  

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This penguin risked his life to look over and blow us a kiss.  

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When it was the end of the show all we could do was clap and clap because we had never seen anything like this!

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Thanks to Cirque Dreams Holidaze for inviting us to see their show. It is at the Chicago Theatre until December 16th and touring throughout the country. Get all of the details HERE.  

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Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is happening now and we had the chance to check it out on press night!

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This was my first time at Winter WonderFest and the only way to describe it is like an amazing indoor carnival. There are rides for people of all ages and levels of braveness.

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There is indoor tubing, tons of inflatable slides and bounce houses.

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Ice skating, train rides, rock climbing, a tilt-a-whirl, indoor hang gliding and a zero gravity ride!

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All of that plus cookie decorating, fun holiday foods and drinks and tons of photo opportunities!

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This 170,000 square feet of holiday-themed fun is going on now through Sunday, January 6, 2019. Tickets to Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest can be purchased online or at the on-site box office. Ticket options vary based on date, height/age, time of sale (advance or day of) and location of sale (online or on site). Winter WonderFest will open at 10 a.m. everyday and closing hours vary based on the day. Visit navypier.org/winter-wonderfest for all of the details!

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