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She Cavorts in Chicago
...great sleeps, great eats and loads to do

 

Evelyn Hannon

Without hesitation, I recommend Chicago as a perfect female-friendly getaway. This is truly a world-class city without any big city attitude. It's charming, charismatic, "culturally-endowed" and, oodles of fun. Solo or with a pal, it would be perfect for a weekend wind-down. However, with all that Chicago has to offer, Journeywoman is recommending at least a five day visit. And, even then, you'll leave wanting more!

Great sleeps...

Journeywoman spent several nights at the Embassy Suites Hotel , absolutely luxuriated in the wonderful space and loved their amenities and service. Besides a spacious bedroom, every guest enjoys the bonus of a separate living area and mini kitchenette. There's television (two of them, in fact), a microwave, a coffeemaker (with decaf if you want it) and a fridge for those evenings when a woman would rather just not venture out. Management has really listened to what the female traveller needs. Forgotten your toothbrush or your pantyhose? They'll provide it in a minute. The bathroom is stocked with Ginseng body lotion, Chamomile conditioning shampoo and hairdryer. There's an iron and ironing board in every room, ditto for skirt hangers, and a full length mirror for last minute make-up and clothing adjustments. Used to a daily workout? Try their mini spa with pool, whirlpool and mini fitness centre included. The all-you-care-to- eat breakfast is complimentary and includes many health and calorie-conscious choices. Great central location, too! For further information call: 1-800-EMBASSY or take-a-peek at their website: http://www.embassy-suites.com

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Journeywoman also did a "test-sleep" at The Gold Coast Guest House in the upscale Gold Coast Neighbourhood. Had a lovely stay! Bedrooms are comfortable, immaculate bathrooms are en-suite, and owner Sally Baker is a perfectly delightful host. From the ginger tea and date cookies she offers on arrival to her "right-on" restaurant referrals and informed conversations, this woman knows her stuff. Continental breakfast is served overlooking Sally's private garden. If you look carefully you'll probably see her favorite red cardinal that comes a-calling. Also worth a peek are the two carved cherubs holding up the curtain in the living area. B&B bonus: some bathrooms have whirlpool tubs and all bathrooms have a basket containing any grooming products you may have neglected to pack. Want to take an exercise class? Sally can arrange that, too! E-mail: sally@bbchicago.com or chat : 312 337 0361

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