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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.