A February 2004 trip
to Chicago by SFPhotocraft
Quote: We took a quick three-day weekend trip to visit Alex, Camille, and Christian with the kids.
Hotel | "Chicago Hyatt"
The rooms were mid-sized and very average in feel. The bathrooms are good sized and have all the standard Hyatt amenities. The room seemed a little worn, even though they only recently went through renovations. They view of the river was my favorite feature of our room. The cab service was very good from the hotel and we seldom waited for a taxi. It was fine for a three-day weekend trip. The hotel was a little too busy and the staff seems hurried and flustered. We had one bellhop who was downright rude.
I probably would have picked another hotel, but the rate was right -- $119 per night. I did some Internet searches and for this style of hotel it was by far the best price. It was a weekend in the middle of winter so I was not surprised to find some good deals. I was happy with what we got for this price, but would not pick it if the pricing were equal to some other Michigan Avenue hotels. However, the location is good and it lives up to Hyatt standards. I had no real complaints and got exactly what I expected.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 18, 2004
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Restaurant | "Ann Sathers"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 18, 2004
909 West Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Restaurant | "American Girl Cafe"
At your table you get a special doll booster seat for your doll who is invited to dine with you. You didn't bring your doll? No problem, you can borrow one of theirs at the door! The napkin rings are black and white hair scrunchies, which the young diners may keep.
The meal is good, but light. The service caters to the young diners. What everyone waits for is the signature dessert, which is a heart-shaped cookie with chocolate mousse in a flowerpot.
Reservations are a must, especially over holidays. This is a popular spot for young misses to do birthday parties. They serve brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. For more information check out their web page at: American Girl Place.
American Girl Place
111 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
They have a nice salad bar, but don't fill up there because the best is yet to come!!!! Next comes meat on a big stick -- all kinds of cuts and all very good. You can have as much as you desire of pork, beef, lamb, and sausages. . . Each diner is given a little chit, red on one side and green on the other. When you need a break, give them a red signal and when you want to start again, go green! The meal includes some mashed potatoes and fried bananas as well.
The service is friendly and you don't feel rushed; you can take a break and start all over again. It's a lot of fun and you will have a meat hangover the next day-- we did! Great for anyone on an Atkin's diet! Very nicely decorated also! It was fun for the kids who loved the idea of picking a choosing their own cuts of meat. The desserts were great and Fogo de Chao offers a full bar. All around, this place is a winner!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2004
Fogo de Chao
661 N La Salle Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60610