Scott Hodge


Chicago….what a city!

Oct 26, 2005
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Dsc08000_3Last week, Amanda and I went downtown for a quick overnight trip to Chicago for her birthday.  We stayed at the beautiful Hotel 71 located on 71 E. Wacker Drive. 

The view from our room overlooking the Chicago River (and the construction of the new Trump Tower…) was stunning!  The pic to the left was the view from our room (click for larger image.

The hotel was nice – very trendy and ultra-modern.  We’re not sure, however, that we would choose to stay there again.  The hotel seemed to lack a few amenities that we would have expected for the price.  Plus, we were grossed out by a couple of things that we shouldn’t have experienced in a hotel of this caliber.  (Don’t even ask…)

We had dinner at a new Chicago restaurant called Butter.  It’s one of the most talked about restaurants in the West Loop.  It was a great restaurant full of creative dishes and a great ambience.

Overall, we were reminded (again) of how magnificant Chicago really is.  To be able to hop on a train or car and go east about 40 minutes (without traffic) and be smack dab in the middle of the third largest city in the US is something worth taking heavy advantage of. 

Plus, it’s where the White Sox are from.  Need I say more?

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