Chicagoans always seem to be on the go, but everyone needs downtime.
Unfortunately, it isn't always possible to find time (or money) for lengthy vacations. Why not opt for a staycation instead?
By staying close to home, you can save money and rediscover Chicago, while creating memories that will last you a lifetime.
Read on for five simple steps to enjoy the perfect Chicago staycation.
Step One: Leave Home
The first step to any successful staycation is to leave your familiar surroundings. This will help you to fully relax by removing day-to-day stressors from your mind. There are countless downtown Chicago hotels from which to choose, so you can tailor your accommodations to your personal tastes. The Ambassador East Hotel was once a Chicago icon, but it closed – only to reopen as the new and improved PUBLIC Chicago Hotel. This hotel is perfect for those looking for minimalist furnishings and affordable rates, and offers guests a convenient location that's within walking distance of many Chicago highlights.
Step Two: Take in the Sights
There are many things to do in Chicago, but a unique way to view Chicago is by taking an architecture tour hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. These tours are led by real Chicagoans, and showcase Chicago architecture by boat, bus, or walking. Whether you’re cruising the Chicago River in Chicago's First Lady, or viewing everything up-close on a walking tour, your desent will provide an educational opportunity unlike anything you've ever experienced.
Step Three: Tempt Your Taste Buds
When you’re on a staycation, why settle for traditional fare? Chicago has food from every spot on the globe, giving your taste buds a globetrotting experience that's close to home. Panang offers traditional Thai cuisine at reasonable prices; enjoy Spinach Noodles with Roasted Duck and Mango with Sweet Sticky Rice and wash it down with a delicious Bubble Tea Latte. If you prefer a night in, online ordering and delivery is available.
Step Four: Broaden Your Horizons
Nestled in Jackson Park on Wooded Island, Osaka Garden is one of the few remnants of the 1893 Columbian Exposition Fair, and is conducive to meditation and relaxation. Visit the nearby Museum of Science and Industry for a change of pace; or if art is your passion, check out Columbia College Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography, which showcases students' photographic art, and offers you a peek into talented young minds.
Step Five: Take a Load Off
What better way to end a day filled with sightseeing than with a relaxing massage? Urban Oasis offers a wide range of therapeutic massages, along with acupuncture and chiropractic services, and will leave you rested and energized as only a good massage can. If you’re looking to get dolled up, try the Tiffani Kim Institute Spa, which offers facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures, and various body treatments at reasonable prices.
As you can see, staying at home doesn't mean you have to sit in your family room watching daytime television. With a little creativity, you can have a fabulous time in the Windy City, and fully enjoy your time away from home.
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