The Candy Man arrives at Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel

One child’s dream is another parent’s nightmare.

The Candy Man has officially arrived at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel, and is bringing sweet treats to kids of all ages staying at the hotel.

Associated with Chicago local store, Candyality, the Candy Man arrives at guestrooms (on reservation only) to deliver $5 half-pound bags of all things sugary to hotel guests.

Children wanting to indulge (and adults who need a sugar fix, or a bribe for the kids) can mix and match from the Candy Man’s cart of gummy, chocolate, sour, crunchy and sweet candies. To keep things interesting, The Candy Man will reveal your personality traits based on what candy you choose (we suggest you mix it up and try to stump him).
Your comprehensive personality profile will determine whether you’re competitive (sugary), good listener (fluffy), negotiator (crunchy), creative (colorful), and more.

Opening in December of 2007, Candyality opened in hopes of being more than just a typical sweet shop. The store, located atThe Shops at North Bridge on the Magnificent Mile, is as much a destination as a candy store, thanks to employees who read tea leaves, tarot cards or zodiac charts. Of course, there’s no scientific research in the reading of sugary personalities, but what do you care? You’re walking out of there with a bag of candy sure to keep you on a sugar high for the rest of the day.

Omni Chicago Hotel offers special rates for Bears, Packers playoff game

Everyone is gearing up for Sunday’s big game, especially Chicago hotels! We already brought you news about the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas‘, month-long Super Bowl promotions and the Chicago Kimpton’s four hotel deals for this weekend’s game. Now the Omni Chicago Hotel is joining the team and giving travelers a sweet deal for the playoffs.

The Omni Chicago Hotel, Michigan Avenue’s only all-suite hotel, is offering travelers heading to the Windy City for Sunday’s game a “Green Bay Bundle” — a two-night stay where the second night is free of charge should Green Bay triumph over Chicago. The promotion also includes a $50 food and beverage credit.

To sweeten the deal, Bill Bennett, director of sales and marketing for the Omni Chicago Hotel, Windy City native and die hard Chicago fan, has agreed to wear a Green Bay jersey and the iconic “cheesehead” hat if Green Bay wins.

The “Green Bay Bundle” package is available on January 21, 22 and 23 only, has limited availability and can be booked on a first come, first serve basis. The rate is $179.00 per night with a free second night should Green Bay win.

Chicago Kimpton hotels announce last-minute deals for Bears, Packers game

Are you ready for some serious football? Chicago is! And Kimpton Hotels is gearing up to give travelers coming in for the historic NFC Championship game a deal they can’t refuse.

The Chicago Bears take on the Green Day Packers this weekend, and the four Kimpton Chicago hotels — Allegro, Burnham, Monaco and Palomar — are offering an “End Zone” package to celebrate the matchup.

Guests who book the “End Zone” package receive deluxe overnight accommodations for two, which reflects a 20 to 60% discount before package elements, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, two Chicago-brewed beers and two pretzels.Hotel Allegro: Located at 171 W. Randolph St., Hotel Allegro is proud to be Green Seal™ Silver certified for its sustainable, earth-friendly practices.

Hotel Burnham: The Hotel Burnham, 1 W. Washington St., is one of Chicago’s great architectural jewels. Originally designed by Daniel Burnham and built as the Reliance Building in 1895, this living landmark is the first direct predecessor to Chicago’s modern skyscrapers.

Hotel Monaco: The AAA Four Diamond Property at 225 N. Wabash Ave overlooks the Chicago River and is located just steps from the North Michigan Avenue and State Street shopping districts.

Hotel Palomar: Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Palomar is Kimpton’s newest addition to its Chicago family. The boutique concept features 261 guest rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a rooftop indoor pool. The hotel is located at 505 North State Street, Chicago, IL, 60654.

Rates start at $129/night and are valid today through Monday, January 24, 2010. For reservations and to check availability, call 1.800.KIMPTON and use the Rate Code “END.”

Daily Pampering: Holiday shop in style at the Blackstone Chicago

We’ve offered a great gift guides this past week. From luxury travel gifts to cold weather gear, there’s something for everyone on your list. But if you’re still not settled on the perfect present, Blackstone Chicago has a package that’s right for you:

The hotel is offering a Shop Like You’re Famous package. With a limo service shuttling to stores, and a personal shopper at Macy’s, the shoppers are getting a gift themselves! For last-minute shopping done in style, the package includes:

  • Luxurious overnight accommodations at the Blackstone
  • Limo service for the day with a shopping map
  • A bottle of Moet Champagne in the limo
  • Personal shopper service at the State Street Macy’s

After the shopping is done, the package pampers further with a voucher for a carriage ride around Chicago and endless hot cocoa room-service.

The price for this pampering: Only $359 (but you’ll have to spend your own additional money on anything you purchase on your shopping excursion). This package goes through January 31, 2011, giving plenty of time to hit the post-holiday sales in style.

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Daily Pampering: Warm up at Trump Chicago with a romantic overnight

Oh, baby, it’s getting cold outside! The great minds at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago have just the thing to put some fire back into your cold routine.

Chicago locals and visitors alike are invited to escape the cold weather this holiday season with a romantic overnight stay in one of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago’s luxurious one-bedroom suites, equipped with a fully furnished kitchen, illuminating fireplace, spacious living room, and five-fixture bathroom.

Snuggle in front of a warm fireplace while sipping on your choice of a hot toddy or hot chocolate, and take in the romantic views of the Chicago River and the city’s skyline. You’ll be served breakfast in bed the next morning and, to keep you warm when you leave, each guest will receive a signature Trump bathrobe as a holiday gift.

The price of this hot little pampering? Room rates start at $695 a night and are available November 1 through December 30, 2010.

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