{Around Chicago} Waldorf Astoria Chicago in August

Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel, IL - Exterior

It’s becoming a lovelyjubbly tradition.

This is the second year we chose to celebrate

our anniversary at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

(formerly the Elysian Hotel).
Did it disappoint this time?

 love the terraces.

Ummmmm. NO!
Please make a note that mama did not curse here.
I think this signals ‘growth.’

Ranked the number one large city hotel

in the continental U.S. (Travel + Leisure, 2012),

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
makes me weak with its expansive suites,
friendly service, and wow wow wow

amenities including fireplaces and terraces.

the living room of our king suite

We booked a fabulous rate online because
you already know I’m a frugal girl
(even for an anniversary thang).

The bedroom was understated and luxurious,

with bitchenlovely details like the

hide pillow on a chaise overlooking the city.

Request a high floor (this is the 24th) like we did
if you favor views of the lake, skyline,

and the beautiful Gold Coast neighborhood.

We are crazy for the Waldorf’s marble

bathrooms with soaking tub, huge shower,

and TV in the mirror.

Color me a spoiledBetty, ever content

in a velvety soft robe.

The manager was kind enough to send Ferrari

over in honor of the occasion.
Not a Ferrari.

If it’s possible, the husband enjoys macarons

more than I do and quickly polished off the

box sent up as a tasty welcome.

We opted to dine in our room for breakfast,

and ooh la la, it did not disappoint.

A great value included in our room’s rate.


collage of photos from another visit with friends to the Elysian Spa

After breakfast, my husband had business meetings

so I happily took advantage of the Elysian Spa

in the hotel (an amenity for hotel guests only!)

which leads me to why I recommend this hotel

so highly for your next getaway.

Stay here!

You will be torn between fabulous shopping

right outside the door (the Magnificent Mile),

zen moments at the incredible Elysian Spa, and

dining to your heart’s desire at so many exceptional

restaurants  in the Windy City.

Raise your hand if you’re ready to check in!

Peace to you right where you are.



  1. September 7, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    Ooh la la, indeed!
    You certainly celebrated
    it the right way!!

    And it's not fair
    that you are both
    talented and adorable.
    I'm just sayin'…..

    Happy Weekend!!

    xo Suzanne

  2. September 7, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    Sounds fantastic, I´m glad for you!

  3. September 7, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    Hope you had fun in my AWESOME city! Love this place 🙂 Might need to do a staycation there!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. September 7, 2012 / 7:13 pm

    Hope you also enjoyed some of the restaurants on Rush street and the gelato stand in the park. We have stayed at the Elysian several times and love it. A very good friend of ours works for the property so i will have to share your positive experience. Isn't the heated courtyard amazing!?

  5. September 7, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    You are a little princess, and you deserve every detail.
    Happy that you enjoyed your Happy Anniversary,

  6. September 7, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    there are too many choices when it comes to great restaurants. chicagoans know their food and expect a lot!

    we met some close friends in greek town for dinner on a roof, and next time i want to try Balsan in the hotel.


  7. September 7, 2012 / 10:10 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate.

    I like your inventive way of making your own slipcovers. I used to put pillow cases over the backs of my chairs before I found parson chair slips.

  8. September 7, 2012 / 10:12 pm

    Look fabulous 😉 Congrats with youre anniversary ;)) Smiles Elisabeth ;))

  9. September 8, 2012 / 2:12 am

    I am so jealous. It will be a LOOOONG time til we can get away ANYWHERE…. we are moving at the end of this month. This place is FABULOUS and I will put it on my bucket list. XO, Pinky

  10. September 8, 2012 / 7:22 am

    Wow! I'd love to stay there someday!

  11. September 8, 2012 / 3:12 pm

    A perfect romantic place to celebrate. Love the pictures of you, beautiful lady!!
    xo Kathysue

  12. September 8, 2012 / 3:22 pm

    So beautiful……..what a fun place to go for your anniversary. And looks like you got pampered- very important!
    Keep going, I am sure in no time they will name one of their suites the "Hello Lovely" suite..it does have a nice ring!

  13. September 8, 2012 / 6:20 pm

    What a wonderful way to spend your Anniversary! Your suite was beautiful and the views were amazing!! LOVE that dress, you look beautiful!

  14. September 8, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    I LOVE Chicago, and the Waldorf Astoria looks lovely! Especially loving the bathroom. Happy Anniversary!

  15. September 9, 2012 / 1:26 am

    Oh my goodness gracious… so simple, so elegant, everything looks beautiful, and so do you…


  16. September 9, 2012 / 5:28 am

    Oh Michele! These are great photos! Happy Anniversary! You look gorgeous in your dress .. and relaxing around the hotel. Looks like you two had a wonderful getaway! The hotel looks perfect 🙂


  17. September 9, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    Michele you lucky, lucky girl! That hotel looks fabulous and a very Happy Anniversary to you and your man. Ours is coming up and I'll have to find something fun to do as well it's our 26th.

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  18. September 9, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    Oh my, what a beautiful place! It sure looks like it would be a wonderful place to stay. Happy Anniversary to you!

  19. September 10, 2012 / 4:02 am

    How Romantic! Happy Anniversary!

    Dawn… The Bohemian

  20. September 10, 2012 / 4:21 am

    you will be given the royal treatment her for sure. totally spoiled!


  21. September 12, 2012 / 2:26 am

    You mean to tell me the manager did not send A Ferrari? How rude is he?! 😉 Really, happy anniversary – you look gorgeous and that hotel does too. I've always dreamed at staying at the NY Waldorf and maybe I need to add the Chicago location too! Cheers Lovely!

  22. September 12, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    What a beautiful hotel to spend a special occasion in. Happy Anniversary.

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