Jetsetter is one of those travel deal sites I stumble upon and sign up for because I like to keep an eye on flights and hotels, despite a lack of dollars in our travel budget these days. When my husband suggested a night in Chicago, he challenged me with finding a great price on a hotel. He is the idea man and I am the deal getter. It works for us. I was simply thrilled to finally have a reason to peruse the aforementioned travel sites to see how low I could go, price-wise. The day after Thanksgiving in Chicago seemed like a peak(ish) travel time to me so my hopes weren't exceptionally high. I was pleasantly surprised to see photos of the modern, sleek Affinia splash on the screen in front of me along with words to the effect of "secret sale." My eyes popped at the advertised price per night and I assumed our date would be blacked out. Not quite. It just wasn't immediately available so my request for a reservation was put on "Stand By." I didn't hold out much hope, but lo and behold: by the next day we had a confirmed room, right off Michican Ave., Magnificent Mile. Perfect!
We spent our Chicago day exploring Millennium Park, (mostly window) shopping, and finally trying the churros and hot chocolate at XOCO.