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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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updated 5/4/2009 11:18:42 AM ET 2009-05-04T15:18:42

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, from $119 per room per night
The No Hidden Fees package, developed by Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers and AAA Travel, includes the most frequently used hotel features and services (which usually appear on your bill as extra charges) in the up-front room rate, in order to save guests from sticker shock at checkout. The rate covers high-speed Internet access, unlimited domestic calls to all 50 states, valet parking, and access to the fitness center. These inclusions amount to a savings of $75 per day. Other amenities include a full-service business center, a sundeck, an indoor pool, and several restaurants and lounges. On the banks of the Chicago River, the 1,209-room hotel is within walking distance of Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue shops, and Millennium Park, as well as many galleries and theaters. Rates start at $119 per night.

When: Through Sept. 7, 2009.

Book by: June 30, 2009.

Details: Note that you do not have to be a AAA member to take advantage of this offer. Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 15.4 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Mention the AUTOHOT promo when booking.

Contact: 800/233-4100, Sheraton.com; or call your local AAA Travel office.

The James Chicago, from $146 per room per night
Book two consecutive nights at the central James Chicago and stay the third night free of charge. The hotel designed this package with business travelers in mind, allowing them to extend a business trip at no or a reduced additional cost. Hotel perks include complimentary Internet and Web cam access and free use of bicycles. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's art collection, dine at David Burke's Primehouse, and take advantage of the gym and the spa. Rates start at $219 per room per night for two nights, with the third night free, which breaks down to $146 per room per night for a three-night stay.

When: Through Dec. 31, 2009.

Book by: June 30, 2009.

Details: The third night free discount is reflected in the rate. Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 15.4 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

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

The Talbott Hotel, from $159 per room per night
In celebration of its own birthday, the Talbott Hotel has launched a Pay Your Age special, which allows guests whose birthdays fall on a night of their stay to pay the amount equal to the age they are turning. For example, if you're turning 50 during your visit, you pay $50 for the night of your actual birthday. The 16-floor hotel is right by Michigan Avenue. Rates start at $159 per room per night for non-birthday nights.

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When: Through Dec. 31, 2010.

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Details: Only guests who have stayed at the Talbott between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008, qualify for the pay-your-age discount on their birthday in 2009. If you stay at the Talbott in 2009, you'll qualify for the pay-your-age rate on the night of your birthday in 2010. The pay-your-age rate is per room per night. Breakfast is not included in the birthday rate however, breakfast will be included for the other nights of your stay. Taxes are an additional 15.4 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/825-2688, talbotthotel.com.

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, from $162 per room per night
The hotel is offering a value-added Seasonal Diversion package that includes four nights' accommodations for the price of three, plus a box of Lenðtre chocolates and late checkout. The 415-room downtown hotel, designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, is close to the Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and an array of boutiques. Rates start at $162 per room per night.

When: Through May 25, 2009.

Details: The fourth night free discount is reflected in the starting rate. Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 15.4 percent. Based on single or double occupancy; add a third or fourth guest in the same room for an additional $40 per person per night.

Contact: 312/324-4000, sofitelchicagowatertower.com.

InterContinental Chicago, from $249 per person per night
In light of the start of baseball season, the InterContinental Chicago is treating its guests to a Chicago Cubs Wrigley Rooftop Experience: You can watch the Cubs play from the roof at the Lakeview Baseball Club, a private three-level rooftop club across from Wrigley Field. The package also includes an open bar and a buffet-style selection of food at the club, two Chicago Transit passes to get to and from the game, and a bag of Garrett popcorn upon arrival. Rates start at $249 per person per night, but may vary depending on the game date. The package saves you about 20 percent off the cost of all its inclusions.

When: Through Oct. 4, 2009 (last Cubs home game).

Details: Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 15.4 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 312/321-8846, icchicagohotel.com.

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