Waldorf Astoria Chicago Boasts Class, Intrigue, and Rejuvenation

Courtyard at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel

Courtyard at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel

Writers stir up their creativity through the written word, and more often than not there comes a time when you need to take a reprieve from all that mental activity. I suppose we all need it, especially now that we live in such a high-tech world. We’re pulled in so many directions, more now than ever before. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a diversion recently, but during one of my walks in Downtown Chicago, I happened to come upon the Waldorf Astoria, wonderfully tucked away on Oak Street, just down the block from the thriving mecca that is Michigan Avenue.

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Seeing the Sights in Chicago

A view of Chicago from the Hancock Tower

A view of Chicago from the Hancock Tower

I have a great love for the city of Chicago. The food scene, the shopping, the ability to use public transportation (a huge plus when coming from Los Angeles), the friends I get to see … it all combines to make the Windy City one of my favorite places to visit.

On a recent trip to Chicago (my third in as many years), I was armed with a booklet from CityPASS. The company offers pre-paid bundles for top attractions at 11 destinations, and the Chicago book granted admission to many spots in the city I hadn’t yet had the chance to see. So, while my boyfriend was off doing groomsman duties for the wedding we were in town to attend, I made my way to the nearest rail station to begin my adventure.

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My Sweet Home Chicago

Autumn in Millennium Park

By Sharon Spence Lieb

During a 1939 lecture, architect Frank Lloyd Wright told his audience, “Eventually I think that Chicago will be the most beautiful city left in the modern world.”

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Tall Ships Sail Into Chicago

Chicago's Navy Pier

If you have always wanted to sail off into the sunset with a pirate, like Jack Sparrow in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, then be in Chicago August 24 - 29. An international fleet of 20 tall ships from around the world, including Canada, Germany and The Netherlands will begin at Northerly Island on August 24th at 4 p.m. and will parade past Navy Pier's East End Plaza before docking for 6 days.

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