Consider theWit for a downtown holiday staycation

Ice skating the Ribbon in Millennial Park is easy when taking a staycation. (City of Chicago photo)
Ice skating the Ribbon in Millennial Park is easy when taking a staycation. (City of Chicago photo)

You’re in The Loop when you stay at theWit.

Well situated at State and Lake Streets, the hotel is close to Macy’s shopping, Walnut Room tree and holiday windows, Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” Millennial Park’s Caroling at Cloud Gate and ice skating rinks, the Chriskindle Market, a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago’s holiday-decorated Thorne Miniature Rooms and a short bus ride to the Auditorium theatre to see Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”

 

The hotel also has arrangements with the Art Institute for the Andy Warhol exhibit and the Chicago Theatre across Lake Street for Cirque du Soleil’s “Twas the Night Before”

 

Gingerbread village and ice skating rink in theWit lobby. (the Wit photo)
Gingerbread village and ice skating rink in theWit lobby. (the Wit photo)

 

Exploring the nearby holiday events will help burn off the treats you will want to try after seeing Chef Toni’s gingerbread village in the lobby that has edible characters and sweets available for purchase online at A Bit of theWit.

 

In between shopping and shows , stop at the hotel’s State and Lake Chicago Tavern, Executive Chef Nathan Sears’s gastropub with artisanal American cuisine.

ROOF at theWit is a popular place to hang out. (theWit photo)
ROOF at theWit is a popular place to hang out. (theWit photo)

 

The place to hang out here is the ROOF. A Chicago Loop theatre ticket will get you a complimentary drink with the purchase of a drink. But the ROOF is also among the top 10 roof-top bars in the country.  It features a DJ on weekends plus champagne on Sundays and Thursdays.

 

The other place to de-stress from shopping and holiday dashing is the Spa @ the Wit  or the fitness center which has floor to ceiling views of the city.

The fitness center at theWit. (theWit photo)
The fitness center at theWit. (theWit photo)

 

A Four Diamond hotel with a sleek, contemporary vibe in the Doubletree by Hilton group, theWit is at 201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601.

Author: Jodie

Longtime Chicago Tribune contributor for news and features. Travel writer for What's Happening, Great Lakes Boating, CBS Theater for Examiner and A&E for CBS

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