It’s not too late to make holiday travel plans — especially when you can score a great hotel deal. Two Chicago hotels are offering sub-$200 rates right now, encouraging visitors to enjoy the best of the Windy City’s twinkling lights and steaming cups of hot cocoa. Whether you’re looking to do some shopping or some ice skating, these themed packages will hit the spot.
Calling all animal lovers: The latest deal from this 184-room boutique hotel — a Joie de Vivre property open since the spring of 2012 — takes full attention of its hip Lincoln Park location across the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Its Lincoln Park ZooLights package, with nightly rates from $134 and valid for travel through January 3, comes with free entry to the zoo’s ice skating rink as well as skate rentals, $25 valet parking (discounted from $49), a holiday ornament, and hot chocolate from the hotel’s retro-cool Elaine’s Coffee Call. Another bonus: Visiting this time of the year means enjoying the zoo’s spectacular ZooLights, on display nightly except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Snug in the Loop with shopping and theater right beyond its doors, this 122-room Kimpton hotel has a new package to get travelers into the spirit of the season. Included in the Holiday Lights promotion are two tickets for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Holiday Lights, City Lights heated trolley tour, typically $30 each, plus hot chocolate paired with chocolate stout cake at the hotel’s historic Atwood Restaurant. Promo rates are $189-$249 a night through December 28, with minimum seven-day advance purchase.