Feb 28, 2014

Luxury, Family Style.

Baby….. It’s God-blessed COLD outside!  And here in Chicagoland, it seems like it has been that way for several decades instead of several months.

 We’ve tried to be strong, and brave, and positive, but after being endlessly stuck within our same four walls, my family has been feeling a bit beaten down by Miss Mother Nature.

So you can imagine the lightening fast speed with which I typed  "Oh good Lord, YES!!!!“, in response to the wonderful Terri Hickey, marketing guru over at The Four Seasons Hotel, when she asked if we’d all like to experience an overnight at their lovely hotel in downtown Chicago.

So a few weeks ago, on a Saturday when there wasn’t a travel basketball game or driver’s ed. class, our family piled in the SUV and headed south for 24 hours of escapism.

Having a hotel sleepover simply NEVER gets old. And the folks at the Four Seasons make it extra special for both kids and adults.  They "get” that grown-ups want all the yummy amenities and beautiful stuff, and that kids just want to have FUN. They truly get it.

Here’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Well, hello Sinclair family….

Kids always like some arrival swag.


There’s also a special suite for kids to get their PLAY on.  My boys were a little big for this room, except for the foosball table, but it’s simply amazing for the little-kid set. Stocked with toys and games, and comfy decor, it accommodates babies thru school-aged kiddos.



Then there was THIS!  You can schedule a visit with the resident “Ice Cream Man”, who brings his cart full of homemade ice cream and toppings right to your door.  I mean.


Super fun for little kids and big kids too.


The Four Seasons Chicago also has a brilliant restaurant called Allium that specializes in modern farm-to-table fare, with plenty of variety for both particular epicureans and picky eaters alike.

My 16 year old son Maxwell has interest in possibly becoming a chef one day so we were delighted to meet Allium’s “Chef Jason”, who gave us a complete tour of his beautiful digs and invited us to observe during the dinner rush. It was impressive to say the least.  They also offer daily pizza making classes for younger kiddos. Super fun.


Max and Chef Jason


A little tutorial for our budding chef.


We spent 24 hours in beautiful warm luxury swimming in their fabulous pool, eating delicious food we didn’t have to cook for ourselves, watching movies piled in their divine beds at night, and just being together.

If you are longing for a family get-away to reconnect with your crew and leap out of these winter doldrums, all you need is one night, a quick car ride, and a reservation. Spring Break staycation, anyone?

 You deserve it.

Disclaimer:  The Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago provided us with an overnight stay.  But all this LOVE for them is completely my own.

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