By Vince Font
One of the best holiday vacations in memory was the time I took my daughters Christmas shopping in Chicago at American Girl Store on the Magnificent Mile. Not only did we stay at one of the finest Chicago hotels and shop some of city’s most incredible stores, this dad got to share in a uniquely “girl experience” with two of the most special ladies in his life. So what if I broke the bank a bit on clothes and tea for dolls? To my girls, I was a rockstar dad with a new appreciation for dolls (just don’t tell my poker buddies).
The fact is, I’ve always had trouble Christmas shopping. These days with everything just a mouse click away, it should be easy enough to find what you need — but too much choice can scramble the brain. So it was a stroke of genius to decide to take my girls straight to the source (and their own version of heaven) to let them choose their own Christmas gifts.
But first, lodgings. Having never been to the Windy City, I performed meticulous research to find the best Chicago hotels. Here are my top picks for any Chicago vacation, and especially for those looking to shop till they drop.
In the end, the vacation was a triumph. The only thing I have to face now is having to field suggestions from my merry band of travelers as to when we’ll be going back. If you’ve got girls and are interested in drawing up a list of potential Christmas vacations, you could do a whole lot worse. Make sure to do what I did and book your flight and hotel together to save even bigger.
Vince Font is a freelance writer born in Puerto Rico and currently escaped to Utah. When not dreaming of interstellar travel, he’s on the hunt for weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations. Next stop: The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast.