During Chicago's winters, we're all dreaming of a warm and cozy
getaway. But with icy roads and long airport lines, a getaway can
seem like more trouble than it's worth. Instead, try a getaway in
Through the end of March, Chicago Mart Plaza, a Holiday Inn
across the street from the Merchandise Mart, is offering a
Candyality Family Golden Ticket package.
If you can't picture the hotel, that might be because it's
located atop a regular office building. Even its entrance and
parking are a little tricky, so watch for the driveway off the
intersection of Franklin and Orleans streets. Packages begin at
$109 per room and $10 at Candyality. Depending on the size of your
family, you may want to consider one of its spacious suites or
adjoining rooms. In any case, the rooms are comfortable and the
views are breathtaking.
Rooms come complete with cable and
game systems, so kids may never want to leave. But, who doesn't
want candy? After check-in, take a quick cab ride to the North
Bridge Mall for a tour and tasting at Candyality. Your family will
get a brief history of candy, from chocolate to gummy bears. Best
of all, you get to taste as you go. (I recommend bringing a bottle
of water as all that tasting can leave you thirsty.)
You'll even find out what your personal sweet tooth tells about
your personality. With a great selection of candies new and old,
you and your kids can stock up on some treats for the hotel room
Head back to the hotel for a swim in the sky-lit pool before
enjoying a tasty dinner. My sons loved having milk and cookies
delivered to the room, while I enjoyed a cocktail, all part of the
package. The hotel's Italiasia offers both Italian or Asian dishes.
My oldest son raved about the Bolognese sauce while my little ones
were thrilled to learn our server was a magician who promised to
treat them to tricks if they ate their dinners. As part of the
package, we ate our complimentary breakfast before another swim and
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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