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This trip really was created with the original intent of celebrating Heather's 40th birthday as a surprise vacation and was in the planning stages since June of 2009. It has been a number of years since we were on an "adult only" vacation and so it was long overdue. While camping I picked Heather’s brain about all the places she …
... to the city for our Untouchables Tour after we find medical care for Carol who woke up with a weird eye this morning. Shobi told us the other day that a visit to the doctors if you don't have medical insurance costs approx $600! Carol went to Walgreen's who have a nurse on duty and she only cost $100 plus $65 for antibiotic eye drops. The Untouchables Tour was quite good. The funny ...
... dog out for a walk with its owner - the poor dog had been clipped so that he looked like a lion, with a fluffy mane around his neck. We stopped in at pet store Barker and Meowsky where we spent some time feeling incredulous that people purchase such items - our favourite today was the little bumblebee outfit that a small dog could be decked out in for Halloween. We caught the train back to the city, where we went our separate ways for a couple ...
... attendant commented on how lightly we travelled. Presumably this is because we only had three small items of carry-on luggage between the four of us whereas most other passengers had two - one of which was generally a pull-along suitcase that surely must have been bigger than regulation size. Yvonne and I were in the 'boot' of the plane, but had a vacant seat next to us so were able to spread out. Max and Sarah, after some debate with the American ...
... We are now experts on distinguishing modernist from post-modernist architecture, and Art Deco from the Prairie Style of Frank Lloyd Wright. We were given a potted history of Chicago, from its beginnings as a fur-trading post through to today. Adrienne explained that early architecture attempted to make Chicago what they called 'Paris on the Prairie', with many bridges and buildings designed to look like they belonged in that European city. We have a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews MileNorth, A Chicago Hotel
The Fitzpatrick is fine
My family and I stayed at Fitzpatrick in June 2003. The staff were friendly, i particular the bell staff. We were pleased by the hotel's location. Having stayed in Chicago 2x in a little over two months though, I would strongly advise an discerning traveler to go to Hotel Monoco.Fitzpatrick has nice rooms, that are sort of low ceilinged...the sinks are low and the outlooks, like another reviewer commented look out on office buildings, close by.The pool deck on top of hotel is cute and offers nice views. Skip the breakfast. It's a little overpriced and offered in a rather depressing hotel banquet hall. There is a branch of the Corner Bakery about a block and a half away with good coffee and fresh breakfast (and lunch) choices.
I stayed in the smallest room, which was still relatively large and very nice. The rooms seem like they have been renovated recently, and they are very tastefully decorated. I had a room in the back (2707), and I faced directly into the windows of an adjacent office building that was a short distance away. I hope that the more expensive rooms have a better view.The hotel looked rather plain on the outside as I approached from Michigan Avenue, but it turned out to be very nice inside. The location is great - only a block and a half from the Water Tower on Michigan Avenue, and only 3.5 blocks from the Red Line Chicago subway station (not the Blue Line Chicago station). The neighborhood felt very safe, and there are a number of restaurants nearby.One review I read said that rooms have VCRs in them, but mine did not. Also, the TV was relatively small - 20 inches, I think. The room did have a nice CD player and radio, however.I would definitely stay there again.
We stayed here for our first trip to Chicago. First, our room was fantastic. We got the King executive which looked very posh and had a fridge, iron, and coffee maker. The maid forgot to leave us coffee the second morning. We also passed by one of the suites and it is also really nice and roomy. I love the room and felt so comfortable on the bed. The web tv works very poorly on the small tv provided. The second night we couldn't order any movies and was told that only seven tv's in the hotel can watch the same movie at a time and at that point of time, every single movie was being watched. The cocierge was more interested in her social life than helping us try to figure out the line system. The front desk also told a nice young man in front of us that he had to fill out his application outside. It was under 20 degrees! When our keys wouldn't work anymore, the maid told us to go down to the front desk and down there the manager told us to use the house phone on the floor. I would stay here again b/c I loved the room and the location. But I would not have high expectations for the people who work there.
An Irish Gem
I read the reviews by others and decided to check it out myself. The room was great and the hotel was convenient to everything. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. We had a great time. The bar was not very lively but there are so many other great places to eat and drink it didn't matter.
I followed the advice I found on this forum and took a chance with the Fitzpatrick, although I had some misgivings, considering the low room rates. I am very glad I did.
The room was huge, multi-leveled, very nicely appointmented and clean, the bed was very soft, and the location could not be beat. There is a very pleasant bar downstairs. The service that I received at the front desk (thank you again, Yolanda) was way beyond expectation.
I can honestly say that I never expect to stay in any other hotel in Chicago other than the fine Fitzpatrick. I think I'll treat myself to the 600 sq. foot suite next time for a whopping $144.
You will not be disappointment if you select this hotel.
Excellent hotel 1 block away from Michigan Ave. My family of 6 very comfortably stayed in a King Suite. Lots of room - living room area with sofa sleeper, separate bedroom area, 2 TV's, 2 closets, a dressing area, immaculate bathroom, fluffy bed... we were pampered....
Valet parking available or self park across the street. Nice Chicago style pizza place next door.
We walked to Michigan Ave stores - American Girl Place 2 blocks away, FAO Schwarz and Hancock building 3 blocks, Neiman Marcus 1 block, ...
Definitely going back!
August 17, 2002
We ended up staying in Chicago on our way back from a family vacation and spent a night at the Fitzpatrick. We were not disappointed. The hotel was very clean, friendly, quiet and in a fabulous location. We got a great deal on the room compared to prices of hotels within the same vicinity. The room was very spacious, well-decorated and pleasant. The parking choices were conventient and well priced. We would definitely stay at the Fitzpatrick on future trips.
We found the Fitzpatrick hidden among hotel row possibilities on the Internet. What caught our eye at first was the roof-top swimming pool. The line drawings of the rooms were intriguing--not just a room but a suite! What comfort we envisioned for our three-day stay in Chicago. What we weren't prepared for was the luxury we saw when we opened the door to our room. Soft lighting and carpeting, steps leading down into a sunken living room, a luxurious canopied bed fit for a queen, and a black-marbled bathroom with gold fixtures. It was then we spied the ash-tray. Oops. We had neglected to ask for a non-smoking room. However, the desk clerk graciously gave us another room, which was just as luxurious, even a bit larger. The view out the back, while not breathtaking, was still a thrill as right in front of us loomed up the majestic John Hancock Tower, and off to the right, a little sliver of Lake Michigan. We settled in for a delightful three days.
We just returned from a trip to Chicago with our two children in July 2002. Our daughter had wanted nothing else for Christmas except a trip to Chicago to see The American Girl Place. The Fitzpatrick was one block away. We found it on the internet and were not disapointed. The hotel was beautiful. The rooms were spacious with two TV's which came in handy with the kids. The linens were to die for. I actually took a family photo on the bed. One of the niecest hotels we have ever stayed in. Location, staff and facility were tops. The roof top pool was nice also. We did hear some renovation noise in the mornings but we were already up so it did not mater. Valet parking was convient at 33 dollars per day. There was an outside lot next door to the hotel but we did not check into it. We walked everywhere, even to Navy pier because lolaction was so good. Did not even use the car the two nights we stayed. We dream of staying at one of the other family of Fitspatrick hotels. Maybe in Ireland or New York someday.
Downtown elegance and Irish charm
My family and I spent two nights here and had a wonderful time! It began with the smiling, helpful staff, who led us to our spacious, immaculate, tastefully decorated room with an incredible view of downtown Chicago. We ordered room service our first night and the service was prompt and polite, the food fresh and delicious. With the Mag Mile one block away there was plenty to see and do within easy walking distance. I would really recommend this one!