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STAFF PICKS

Insider's Guide to Our Downtown Chicago Hotel

With its dozens of neighborhoods and diverse populace, Chicago’s allure stretches beyond The Loop. See the city through a local’s eyes; let our employees fill you in on some of their favorite spots, and venture off the beaten path. You’ll be glad you did.

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October 01, 2019

The Top Haunted Tours in Chicago

With Halloween just around the corner, you’re probably in search of some creepy spots around Chicago!

While some of us are just looking for a scream, others like to seek out the authentic hauntings of Chicago, and we know just the places to visit.

Who doesn’t love a chilling haunted tour? For those who like to be on their feet, Bizzare Bucktown is just the tour for you. While bustling with activity by day, there's a lot of spooky history to uncover. This year-round walking tour explores the mysteries and tales of the West Side.

Looking for a little less creepy and a lot more action? Head to Navy Pier for the Seadog Haunted Tours. Learn about Chicago’s spooky past while cruising on the water—costumes not required, but always encouraged.

Last but not least, we highly suggest checking out The Chicago Ghost Tours. This free and guided walking tour is sure to give you the chills. Listen to true tales of Chicago’s past and explore sites like the Congress Hotel, Death Alley, and the 1900s Red Light District.

We wish you a very happy and safe Halloween!

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September 02, 2019

Explore The Art Institute of Chicago

Located less than a mile from our hotel, we highly recommend a visit to The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the world’s greatest art museums.

With famed artists ranging from Pablo Picasso to Grant Wood, look no further for a world of creativity and inspiration. From workshops to guided tours and exhibits, the opportunities are endless.

Led by knowledgeable educators and experts, museum tours give visitors a chance to visit these incredible exhibits and learn all about the stories behind each piece. If you’re hoping to focus on one specific exhibit, the tour can be tailored to fit your group’s interests.

Not a fan of groups? Self-conduced visits are also available and allow you to explore the museum independently with an audio guide.

For those planning on staying a while, make sure to check out the museum cafe—this vibrant and family-friendly spot serves delicious coffee and healthy food options.

Plan your visit today to begin exploring!

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August 01, 2019

“Tapa” Your Night at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

What do Chicago and Spain have in common? Surprisingly, it’s good tapas. And if you’re a fan, there’s one place you should check out.

Since 1985, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba has cooked up authentic Spanish cuisine at its red brick home on North Halsted Avenue. The restaurant is a Lincoln Park standout, and it's easy to see why — its menu boasts dozens of options, each tastier than the last.

An impressive array of tapas features traditional favorites like patatas bravas and jamón ibérico. Their pintxos — Northern Spain’s take on bite-sized dining — are equally savory; the dátiles con chorizo y queso are a highlight. Throw in four types of paella and six kinds of sangria, and those small plates can quickly pile up.

At 3.5 miles from the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront, getting there’s a bit trickier than other, closer restaurants. Fortune, however, favors the bold; your appetite will thank you.

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