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The Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park reflects the Chicago skyline. Get away to the Windy City with discount hotel specials—some valid over Thanksgiving.
updated 11/8/2007 11:07:19 AM ET 2007-11-08T16:07:19

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, From $95
The Winter Escape package features a 20 percent discount for one night's deluxe accommodations at the 800-room downtown luxury hotel and complimentary self-parking. The lowest rate is $95 per room per night, which reflects the 20 percent discount (normally it would be $119).

When: Nov. 16-Dec. 30, 2007. The lowest rate is available on and after Dec. 12. The cost per room can be as high as $175, depending on the date you book.

Details: Hotel taxes are an additional 15.4 percent. Ask for the Winter Escape package when booking. Based on double occupancy.

Contact: 312/567-1234,mccormickplacehyatt.com.

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, From $149
The Thanksgiving package, one of a few geared towards the holiday season, includes a one-night stay at the downtown riverside hotel, blocks away from Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier, plus parking, breakfast at the hotel's Riverside Café, and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree. Rates start at $129 per room per night. For other fall and winter discounts, visit the special offers page.

When: Nov. 18-23, 2007.

Details: Hotel taxes are an additional 15.4 percent. Mention the code THANKSGV when booking. Based on double occupancy.

Contact: 312/464-1000, sheratonchicago.com.

The James Chicago Hotel, From $379
The Relax package includes a one-night stay at the downtown boutique hotel—within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue)—and an in-room breakfast, a facial, a hot-stone massage, and a Pure Devotion Kit filled with a 250ml bottle of Aveda's Replenishing Body Moisturizer, a 250ml bottle of Aveda's Calming Body Cleanser, and an Aveda Pure-Fume tealight candle. Rates start at $379 per room per night.

When: Through Dec. 30, 2007.

Details: Hotel taxes are an additional 15.4 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

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Book by: Dec. 29, 2007. Mention promotional code RELAX when booking.

Contact: 877/526-3755, jameshotels.com.

Here are some of our year-round favorite affordable digs: Wicker Park Inn, a cozy 1890s row house whose rooms start at $125 in 2007 and $129 in 2008; Gold Coast Guesthouse B&B, in a chichi neighborhood, where rooms start at $129; and the antique-filled City Scene B&B in Lincoln Park, where rates start at $150—and occasionally drop to $125 during the winter off-season. All rates are per room per night.

Getting to Chicago: The lowest round-trip fares we've found on Sidestep for travel around Thanksgiving are $228 from Miami (American), $237 from New York (United), $286 from Houston (Northwest), and $351 from Los Angeles (American). Early to mid December fares were, not surprisingly, lower: $182 from New York (Northwest), $199 from Miami (AirTran), $209 from Los Angeles (Northwest), and $248 from Houston (Northwest).

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  1. Windy City high

    A view of the Chicago skyline with Lake Michigan in the background from atop the Sears Tower Skydeck observation tower. Completed in 1973, the Sears Tower is the tallest building in the U.S. and a popular location for tourists. (Tim Boyle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Artsy avenue

    Two lions guard the entrance to The Art Institute of Chicago along Michigan Avenue. The institute was founded in 1879 as both a museum and school. (Jeff Haynes / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Rinse and spit

    Austin Hilsmier, then 3, from Chicago, looks back at his mom as he plays in Crown Fountain at Millennium Park. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Monumental view

    Visitors to Chicago's Millennium Park pass by the Millennium Monument. (M. Spencer Green / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A cloud's reflection

    Tourists gather under Anish Kapoor's "Cloud Gate" sculpture in Millennium Park. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Running the shore

    A man jogs along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Great day for a stroll

    A woman pushes a baby buggy through a small playground nestled in downtown Chicago's Grant Park. (M. Spencer Green / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bonding time

    A male trumpeter swan at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo takes his newly hatched offspring into the swan pond for a swim. (Greg Neise / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Botanic Garden

    The Chicago Botanic Garden features 23 beautiful gardens and three native habitats set on 385 acres of rolling hills and tranquil lakes. The garden is open year-round. (CNSCVB.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Aquamarine awe

    Visitors check out the three-million gallon Oceanarium exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium. The Oceanarium is the largest indoor marine mammal facility in the world and one of the few aquariums in North America to display Pacific white-sided dolphins and beluga whales. Cutting edge innovations introduced by the Shedd over the years has helped change the experience for visitors at aquariums around the country. (Nam Y. Huh / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Preserving history

    The Evanston Historical Society, at the Charles Gates Dawes House in Evanston, Illinois. The chateauesque mansion of former U.S. vice-president Charles Gates Dawes, is three-and-a- half stories, has 25 rooms, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 11 fireplaces. This national historic landmark's exhibits focus on Evanston history. (CNSCVB.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Academic aerial

    Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. Founded in 1851, this renowned educational institution is rich in history and architecture. (CNSCVB.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Cycling heaven

    Two cyclists pedal along Lake Michigan in Chicago, during the early morning hours. Chicago has earned the reputation as a bike friendly city. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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