An Anniversary Rendezvous

Park Hyatt Lobby

Park Hyatt Lobby

For our 6th anniversary celebration Bob and I decided to take on a trio of hotels. This entailed staying one night in each hotel and moving to the next location
three days in a row. Our agenda was packed with great restaurants, theater, ice skating, and of course shopping on the magnificent mile!

Our first night was at the lovely Park Hyatt. Greeted by a beautiful display of white lights in their lobby, an elegant room with an oversized tub, walk-in shower and a magnificent view of the city we were off to a great start. We started off with dinner at Riva Crab House on Navy Pier. We followed that delicious dinner with Pericles, a play at Chicago’s Shakespeare Theater (also on Navy Pier). That was enough for our first night. We gladly hurried back to that oversized tub filled with bubble bath and a special bottle of Champagne.

Champange & Bubble Bath

Champagne & Bubble Bath

Day two we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast with-a-view at NoMI Restaurant in the Park Hyatt before packing up to move to our next adventure.

NoMI view of Water Tower

NoMI view of Water Tower

 

 

Our 2nd stay was at the Dana Hotel & Spa, a boutique hotel. We checked in, unpacked and were off to the new ice ribbon at Maggie Daley Park located in north Grant Park. Lucky for us the weather was cooperating and it was in the 30’s.

Maggie Daley Ice Skating

Maggie Daley Ice Skating

Unfortunately for us we arrived, put our skates on, and waited for at least an hour while the Zamboni resurfaced the ice. My toes were getting cold standing still for an hour, so we didn’t stay too long, but we did stay long enough for me to wipe out at least once. It was fun, but very crowded because we went during the holidays. (I would suggest going when it isn’t so crowded.)

Connie on Skates

Connie on Skates

Back to our room to change and head across the street to Bijan’s Bistro for a cozy dinner! I love this little restaurant and the food is very good. After dinner we stopped at Pop’s for
Champagne to celebrate a little bit more before heading back to our room at the Dana.

Bijan's Bistro

Bijan’s Bistro

Day three we started with a small breakfast at Freestyle Food and Drink located downstairs in the Dana building. Then we were off to the Ivy Hotel located just east of Michigan Ave. We loved our room with another deep soaking tub and walk-in shower, a sitting room and wonderful king sized bed. But no time to rest, we were off to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago, Pelago!

Pelago

Pelago

Chef Mauro out-did himself with a special tasting menu and we were so delighted with it. Everything was scrumptious and also a visual treat. Did I say I love this place? I think Chef Mauro is one of the best chefs in Chicago and it is a beautiful restaurant.

A tasting of Fish

A tasting of Fish

 

Believe it or not, we had a dinner reservation to follow at Lawry’s The Prime Rib restaurant later that evening. The only thing to do was shop and walk off lunch. Okay! Great sales on Michigan Ave. everywhere. A quick change for dinner back at the Ivy and we were off to Lawry’s. This was hard work but I was up for the challenge. A romantic dinner in a booth at Lawry’s and I was ready to go back to our room at the Ivy and take on another bubble bath with Champagne before turning in for the night. The Ivy by
the way is really a beautiful little boutique hotel that I was very impressed with.

DiVine Lounge at Ivy

DiVine Lounge at Ivy

Day four we had breakfast delivered to our room, and then we packed to go home. It was a fun weekend in Chicago, but we were ready to head home to unwind!

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