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Just in time for Chicago's annual late-summer pseudo-Pride weekend in Boystown, Northalsted Market Days next weekend, Aug 7 and 8, the InterContinental Chicago is releasing four packages, with savings averaging around 15-percent off the high-end rooms. All packages include overnight accommodations for two plus additional benefits detailed below:
• The Neighborhood Package — free overnight parking, Chicago neighborhood tour, $20 transit card, and a flip-phone upon check-in to record your memories. Rates start at $499; through Nov 1.
• Bike Chicago Package – discounted bike rental and complimentary breakfast. Rates start at $299; through Oct 31.
• Economic Stimulus Package – $50 hotel food and beverage credit, 50% off valet parking, complimentary high-speed Internet, free access to the fitness club and historic indoor pool. Rates start at $259; through Dec 15.
• Magnificent Mile Shopping Package – $50 AmEx gift card, shopping discounts at surrounding stores (Barney's, Saks, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang), $15 Starbucks card, plus complimentary valet parking and breakfast. Rates start at $259; through Dec 15.
Centrally located downtown in a landmark building directly on Michigan Ave (a.k.a. Magnificent Mile, the Fifth Avenue of Chi-town) and fresh off a multi-million dollar renovation, the InterContinental's international focus, LGBT-friendliness, and emphasis on top-notch service make it a good base for taking in all the revelry without staying direct in the mania. Plan for a 10-minute cab ride or 20 minutes on the EL train. Click here to book or call 312/944-4100.
On tap for the two-day festival, the largest LGBT festival in the Midwest, are over 40 live performances, including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, plus 400 different artisans and artists, food vendors, and all the friendly people watching and celebratory brou-ha-ha you can handle. Summer in the Windy City can't be beat!
If you're interested in a more queer affair, gay travel company Zoom Vacations is offering a Chicago Market Days package with $259/night rooms at the Amalfi Hotel, including complimentary breakfast, WiFi, and top-shelf evening cocktails.
For picks of gay Chicago nightlife and scene curated by Out magazine's editors, click here. For general trip-planning info, check out our Chicago Travel Guide. Find great deals on flights with our Travel Search price comparison tool.