Avenue Crowne Plaza Chicago Magnificent Mile.
It sure was magnificent.
Last month, I was invited to a Disney’s Social Media Moms event, On-the-Road Chicago. Aside from taking in the guaranteed magic that Disney would offer in the big city of Chicago, I took the chance to take in a whole other type of magic. The magic of relaxation, great food, amazing sights, luxury, fun and SHOPPING for a girl’s only getaway with my sister!
The Avenue Crowne Plaza Did Not Disappoint.
My sister is my best friend and since our lives are both so busy, we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. I have always been in love with Chicago. I’ve visited once before but didn’t get a chance to take in the city. With this chance of being in town, I was more than happy to stay at the Avenue Crowne Plaza in Magnificent Mile during our stay in Chicago. Check out the room that we called home for 2 days!
The hotel is perfectly situated steps off the Magnificent Mile, right in the heart of downtown Chicago. The hotel boasts 350-rooms, 143 suites and an entire floor dedicated to business travelers. While I must note, the hotel is currently under renovations and while the lobby was under construction, our stay was not disrupted at all.
We had a gorgeous suite for two and this, my friends, is where we laid our heads for two days. The two Queen beds were PERFECT and so super soft. I loved that we were able to adjust our own room temperature too. Not to mention, the room was clean and that is something we all look for, right? The modern decor was beautiful and I loved the overall theme that the hotel had.
Tons of Space.
Now, our 2 Queen bed Executive suite was tremendously spacious. I’ve stayed in many hotels and the bathroom alone is sometimes the size of some hotel rooms on its own. This suite was beautiful, it had a great view of the bustling city and even the John Hancock building in the distance. It had a nice seating area, a desk where I caught up on work and a nice size TV for down times. You gotta love the comfy Zebra accent chair, right? The cable had a nice number of channels and the WiFi was reliable and worked well.
So Fresh and So Clean.
The bathroom is one of the things that I check out first when I get to the hotel. That is if I don’t check it out before I arrive. After all, it’s a place where you’ll spend lots of time in getting ready to enjoy Chicago. The washroom was large, it had a beautiful and modern vanity with a large mirror, a make-up mirror that was awesome to get dolled up through and a large shower. Most importantly, the washroom was clean and private. There was also a huge closet inside here and we used it to hang up our outfits for the next day. We even used the iron and ironing board and it was super convenient.
Almost every Avenue Crowne Plaza employee was helpful and made us feel welcome. We were welcomed with a thoughtful card and a delicious tub of Chicago-style popcorn. By the way, we totally fell in love with the Chicago mix! It was a nice gesture and we were ready to take on Chicago! It was just the boost we needed!
Did I mention that this hotel is on Magnificent Mile? If you don’t know about Magnificent Mile, well, you’re missing out. It is a shopper’s dream and since we were on a girl’s getaway, we came to SHOP! The Avenue Crowne Plaza is in a great location and there is tons of options for food, shops and even a Walgreens in walking distance. The shops are amazing. Can we say two stories of your favorite stores?
Not to mention, we were able to take in a double-decker city tour and in less than 5 minutes from our hotel, we were at our stop to get picked up at Watertower Place. From here, we were able to explore the whole city by jumping on and off the bus. It was simple to get around by foot and even easier to get back to our hotel. No hassle of driving to get everywhere we needed to be. We took in the city, ate Chicago-style pizza and you can tell I was a happy and well-rested girl by the impromptu morning selfie pictured above too!
Rooftop Swimming, Anyone?
Why yes, those are skyscrapers in the background in case you were wondering. One of the best parts of this hotel is that they have a rooftop pool with almost panoramic views! We had really hot days and this pool was more than welcoming for us. The water was a nice temperature and we enjoyed some quiet time up here.
Stay at The Avenue.
Whether you are in Toronto for business or pleasure, this is a great hotel to stay at when you are in Chicago. Its downtown location puts you footsteps away to shopping, sight-seeing, delicious cuisine, night life and so much more. If you’re on business, the business center is sure to suit your needs. For more information or to book your next stay, head over to the Avenue Crowne Plaza’s site.
While the hotel is undergoing a make over, I know that big things are coming for this location. During our stay the remodeling for us wasn’t disruptive, we had a quiet, luxurious and comfortable stay! It was perfect for a girl’s getaway for shopping, swimming, sight-seeing, eating great food and good drink! We had a blast! We are looking forward to our next stay at The Avenue Crowne Plaza in the Windy City! Can’t wait to see it fully completed, it will be even more amazing!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.