The relaxing, romantic downtown staycation you should book now

Why is it that vacations are never, ever relaxing? What with the packing and the planning and the pressure to constantly find Instagram-worthy moments, getting away from it all can seem like more of a stressor than sanity saver.

Alas, parenting is hard and so is keeping the romance alive while parenting. That’s why you should definitely, absolutely escape from the hassle of escaping at The Godfrey.

Step one: Book right here, right now for a Thursday night in the near future. No excuses — you need this. Call the sitter. Pack one or two quick outfits. And then Uber it straight on over.

Why Thursdays, you ask? Because the first thing you’ll want to do when after you check in will be to dine at the delicious, decadent Dolce Italian in the foot of the hotel. It’s the exact kind of steak dinner and/or Italian cuisine you’ve been dreaming of over bowls of Cheerios and plates of chicken nuggets. And on Thursdays, they sell wine bottles for the price of a glass. You’re welcome.

Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert — trust us, the chocolate cake is worth the calories.

After indulging in the first amazing, kid-free meal and adult conversation you’ve had in a while, ride the elevator up a few floors to I|O Godfrey. Because on Thursdays, this indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge throws it back to the ’80s and ’90s with themed music, cocktails and a laid-back vibe that’ll have you missing flared jeans, Game Boys and all things grunge. Try missing your crib after a dope night like that. Can I get a booyah?!

After a night of great food, the perfect company and a nostalgic kickback, head up to your modern yet cozy room for a cityscape view and a night of actual, real sleep. Because — bonus — checkout isn’t until noon.

And there you have it … the most relaxing way to get away in Chicago, guaranteed. What are you waiting for?

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