My Family’s Chicago Vacation

by MyChicagoKids on March 24, 2012

Chicago Family

Skating in the Sky at the John Hancock Observatory

My family loves to travel. We love the adventure, the scenery, the change of pace, and the change of space. I love not having to do the dishes and the laundry.

Before we moved to Chicago in 2005, we used to visit Chicago for many weekend getaways. But since we moved to Chicago six years ago, I never considered actually vacationing in the city…

…until I received an email from the Talbott Hotel, telling me all about their fun Skate in the Sky package.


A few email exchanges and phone calls later, my family was all set to experience the Talbott Hotel’s Skate in the Sky package.

Talbott Hotel Chicago

Talbott Hotel Lobby

Definitely designed with kids in mind, the Talbott’s Skate in the Sky package includes an unforgettable experience at the John Hancock Center’s ice skating rink, located 1,000 feet above the city on the 94th floor. The package also includes…

  • One night stay the Talbott Hotel
  • No wait tickets to the John Handcock Observatory
  • A Chicago Blackhawks keepsake book
  • A Talbott Tumbler (travel mug)
  • And breakfast credit of $15 per person
94th Floor of the John Hancock Observatory

94th Floor of the John Hancock Observatory

We had an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G fun-filled family bonding time together. Here’s the quick overview of our mini Chicago vacation…

1. Took the train into the city.

2. Checked in at the Talbott Hotel.

3. Walked over to the John Handcock Observatory.

4. Ice skated in the sky!

5. Walked to the movie theater.

6. Stopped on the way for sushi.

7. Saw (and loved) The Lorax.

8. Walked back to the hotel under sparkling city lights.

9. Slept.

10. Slept in!

11. Had the most relaxing breakfast at the hotel.

yummy breakfast

Relaxing breakfast at the Talbott Hotel

The Talbott Hotel

The Talbott Hotel is truly a charming, full service, luxury boutique hotel. Before we arrived, I was a little concerned that my kids might be too rambunctious for the Talbott. I was worried my kids would be too loud and too active for a boutique hotel.

I was totally wrong. The Talbott Hotel is extremely kid-friendly and family-friendly! The staff immediately engaged with my kids (even showed my boys how to prank call the front desk using the old fashion phones in the lobby).

Talbott Hotel Chicago

Checking out our view from the Talbott Hotel

We stayed in a spacious one-bedroom suite, which included a separate bedroom and living area. When we were out, the staff set up and turned down two portable twin beds in the living area. When we returned to hotel that night, my boys were jumping for joy when they found chocolate on their pillows. They told me they were ready to move in and never leave the Talbott Hotel.

The World’s Highest Ice-Skating Rink

From January 1st through April 8, 2012, the John Handcock Observatory is home to a 900 square feet synthetic ice skating rink. My boys loved it so much that they skated both days during our two day Chicago vacation.

If you live in Chicago or plan on visiting before April 8, I highly recommend skating there with your kids. Each 25 minute skating session is only $5 on top of regular observatory admission fee and you can rent skates for one dollar!

Skating in the Sky at the John Hancock Observatory

Skating in the Sky at the John Hancock Observatory



Disclaimer:  We were invited to stay at the Talbott Hotel and experience the Skate in the Sky package free of charge. Opinions are 100% our own.

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