This Labor Day, Chicago’s hospitality community is prepared to welcome locals and visitors alike for a safe and memorable holiday weekend. Whether families are looking for ways to travel responsibly, or friends are looking for social distancing-friendly activities, the city’s hotels and restaurants offer numerous ways to enjoy Chicago’s vibrant dining scene, lush parks, and stunning lakefront.
Here’s a Windy City guide covering where to stay and where to dine over Labor Day weekend for every type of traveler:
Located close to Chicago’s Millennium Park, Hotel Julian through a partnership with Chicago Electric Boat Company, is offering a way to explore the city with its Summertime Chi Cruise Package. A private Chicago River cruise aboard environmentally-friendly electric boats, snacks, and to-go cocktails await guests who book this package. As part of Chicago Electric Boat Company’s safety restrictions, the maximum capacity is four adults per vessel with the allowance of two additional children aged 17 or under.
Guests who are interested in experiencing Hotel Julian at a later date can purchase a $100 hotel bond, which is worth $150 towards a future booking at the hotel. Hotel Julian is also offering a $300 Future Stay Voucher for $200 or a $450 Future Stay Voucher for $300.
About Last Knife (ALK) – the steak bar adjacent to Hotel Julian’s lobby – offers dishes such as the restaurant’s Beef Wellington by the Slice. Indoor and patio dining is available for the summer along with several new menu items, including summer cocktails, CBD offerings, and to-go cocktails: Buck Wild with Cardamaro, ginger, lemon, and orange bitters; Boulevardier with bourbon, Campari, and vermouth, and Strawberry Dreams featuring bourbon, strawberry, lime, and Angostura Bitters. The restaurant is also introducing its Picnic in Chicago dining experience (serves two) starting at $75 per picnic. Diners can customize their picnics with several options for snacks and refreshments: a cheese and charcuterie plate, beef jerky, corned beef sandwich, veggie wrap, dessert for two, as well as beer, champagne, or an ALK cocktail to-go.
Lincoln Park's Hotel Lincoln makes responsible travel easy this Labor Day weekend with its location off the beaten path near Chicago’s lakefront, Lincoln Park Zoo, and many trails, which guests can explore with the hotel’s complimentary bikes. Road trippers can catch a break with Hotel Lincoln’s Park for a Penny offer, which includes complimentary parking for one car per night. Burger are available on The Kennison’s patio, a neighborhood restaurant adjacent to Hotel Lincoln, along with cocktails and lake views from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar – The J. Parker. For jet-setting canines, the royal treatment awaits at this pet-friendly hotel, including complimentary treats from a secret drawer at the front desk.
Warm wood millwork and jewel-toned velvet furnishings welcome guests of Sushi Suite 202, a speakeasy-style sushi bar and lounge located inside boutique Hotel Lincoln. The suite includes a six-seat cocktail bar, sushi bar, and lounge area where guests can experience a 17-course omakase dining experience ($125 for person) from Executive Chef Kin Wangchuk of Michelin-starred Masa and Cagen in New York City. The fish is sourced sustainably from all over the world. Hotel Lincoln’s partner, Sushi by Bou, also draws culinary inspiration from its “grow program” and local farmers markets, such as Green City Market, to educate people on where their food is coming from. Currently, they are growing fresh wasabi, shiso, shishitos, and kyuri (Japanese cucumbers) with non-GMO seeds sourced from Japan, California, and Oregon before the pandemic. Sushi Suite 202 is now open and accepting reservations through OpenTable. Max capacity is dependent on whether diners are from the same household.
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Located in the city’s River North neighborhood, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago offers guest rooms and amenities for a relaxing, socially distant Labor Day retreat in Chicago. The hotel offers ‘The Longer You Stay, the More You Save’ featuring two-night and three-night discounts.
Guests will be offered a full weekend all without leaving the hotel, including private treatment at Spa Boutique or outdoor dining and lounging at the hotel’s two food and beverage outlets: I|O Godfrey offers guests a rooftop area overlooking the city, while Brunch Room features a patio section on the hotel’s first level. Guests will find bites and beverages, including house crafted cocktails and mocktails with CBD infusion options, fresh salads and soups, sushi selections, off-the-grill dishes, desserts, and more.
LondonHouse Chicago synchronizes the classical architecture of 360 North Michigan Avenue with a modernist 22-story all glass tower addition forming a destination in Chicago, including 49 suites. Labor Day travelers will be offered the hotel’s tri-level rooftop bar offering a backdrop of Chicago’s skyline, landmarks, and river complemented with takes on American cuisine that utilize locally sourced, eco-friendly ingredients. Visitors can choose from packages including:
· The Bed and Breakfast offer, which includes vouchers to Land and Lake, a full-service restaurant conveniently located on the first floor of LondonHouse currently opened at 25% capacity per city guidelines.
· The Spa Stay package features a guest room stay with views and $125 credit to LH Spa located on the hotel’s 4th floor. The Spa offers massages, facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and more for the ultimate relaxation.
Lawry's The Prime Rib
While Lawry’s The Prime Rib offers prime rib dinners for takeout and for dining in-house, the Old World steakhouse is now also offering deals on the Lawry’s Meat Me At Home grilling kit. The grilling kit includes a few of Lawry’s signature steaks including two Certified Angus Beef 8 oz Filets ($60), two Certified Angus Beef 14 oz. Prime New York Strips ($65), or two bone-in 22 oz. Ribeye Steaks ($80). The kit also includes Lawry's Seasoned Salt and Pepper, two baked potatoes with butter, chive, sour cream and bacon, raw asparagus with herbed butter, and two signature spinning bowl salads. Guests are invited pair the grilling kit with an Old Fashioned Kit ($40) complete with a bottle of Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, housemade bitters, orange slices, cherries, two glasses, and a muddler. The best deal you’ll get on an Old Fashioned kit in the city.