What to Do on a Chicago Chillcation

The Windy City may not be the first place you think of for a spring break getaway, but a Chicago Chillcation can be just the ticket for family fun.  The tide pools of the Shedd Aquarium’s Oceanarium will transport you to the coast.  While the Field Museum home of SUE the T. rex contains plenty of exhibits from warm weather locales like dinosaurs, mummies, and lions.  Even Millennum Park’s Cloud Gate sculpture (AKA the Bean) casts a new reflection in winter time.  Hilton Hotels have a special Chicago Chillcation promotion that includes special perks, and a fantastic way to warm up after your winter adventures.  Continue reading for more details on the Chicago Chillcation package available for guests of the Hiltons of Chicago.

Millennum Park ice skating

Ice skating in Chicago’s Millennum Park, image courtesy of City of Chicago

From Hiltons of Chicago Press Release 

Returning for the 2018 winter season, the Hiltons of Chicago are thrilled to announce the arrival of the popular Chicago Chillcation promotion. Available for bookings through April 1, 2018, guests and locals alike will have the opportunity to craft their ideal winter vacation or “staycation” with new elevated amenities and offerings when staying at the Hilton Chicago, Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel and The Drake, A Hilton Hotel.

The Drake, A Hilton Hotel

The Drake, A Hilton Hotel, image courtesy of Hiltons of Chicago

Returning with Chicago Chillcation is the Just Chillin’ package, which allows guests to enjoy an array of value-added amenities at each of the participating Hilton hotels, while having the freedom to take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer in the winter months, such as the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Navy Pier Winter WonderFest, ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo, and more. From bottomless refills of coffee and hot cocoa to complimentary ice skating experiences in Millennium Park, the Just Chillin’ package includes:

  • Special accommodation rates
  • Unlimited coffee and hot cocoa refills
  • Two (2) insulted travel mugs
  • Premium wi-fi
  • Fitness center access
  • 2 skate rental passes to Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
  • Self-parking for one (1) vehicle

New for the 2018 season are an array of exciting ‘Stay Fabulous’ add-ons, unique to each hotel and personalized for guests’ preferences. Foodie guests can add an Instagram-worthy brunch for two at Kitty’s at the Hilton Chicago, or enjoy a Potter’s Chicago Bar Burger pick-up for two at the Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, while The Drake, A Hilton Hotel is offering a whiskey tasting and membership to the Coq d’Or Whiskey Business Club. Additional Stay Fabulous amenities include discounted parking for additional vehicles, spa credits, breakfast, and more.

Palmer House Chicago

Interior of Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, photo by Kris from Seattle courtesy Wikimedia

Also new for Chicago Chillcation is the exclusive SNL: The Experience offering as part of the Hiltons of Chicago’s official hotel sponsorship with the exhibit. Through the Hiltons of Chicago, guests and locals can book an exciting, exclusive experience as they relive the last 40 years of the iconic Saturday Night Live show through this 12,000-square-foot exhibit. The experience includes VIP perks such as skip-the-line access, a Saturday Night Live-themed “swag bag” to take home, a 15% discount at the gift shop, a discounted/complimentary “Weekend Update” photo and more.

Rates for the Just Chillin’ package start from $153/night at the Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel; $156/night at Hilton Chicago; and $168/night at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on InstagramTwitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.