Well, it looks like the Essex Inn is the winner. I had court in Chicago this morning and I stopped by the hotel today for a full tour! I am more excited then ever. The pool area is huge and has nice lounge chairs and tons of game tables. Connected to it is the outdoor patio which has gorgeous views of Grant Park. We will have our pizza party there Friday night and I think it would be a great spot to hang out. When I went to Guatoberfest during the down time many of the families hung out in our meeting room and it was so much fun!
I also picked up the menus for the onsite catering and I am excited about the options.
The hotel lobby is very nice and is literally accross the street from Grant Park. It is within walking distance to Millenium Park and many places to eat. The hotel provides a free shuttle to the Magnificant Mile shopping which is always nice. The hallways and outside of the hotel are a little run down but it was confirmed again today that all of the rooms will be completely re-done. They will look great. It is a perfect place for our group.
We will be going to either the Aqarium and/or Museum of Sience and Industry (so fun) and both are a little over a mile walk from the hotel. You can walk or take a cab. Please let me know if you prefer the Aqarium or Museum of Sience and Industry. I will leave it open for voting on the side.
Admission adult $23, child $16 under 3 is free!
Admission adult $11 child $7 under 3 years old admission is free!
Also, we noticed that 21 families voted on the hotel but only 12 are registered. We hope this means more families will be registering. We would love to have you all come.