The request: “I am looking for a nice place to spend this Christmas in Chicago – downtown area or near north side. Want to stay Dec. 24-26. Will be 6 adults (our family) and would like something around $150 a night.”
Well, that’s easy.
Check out the North Side mansion above. Set in one of Chicago’s prettiest neighborhoods, Lincoln Park, the 19th century beauty boasts enough room for 10 and is the kind of place you can imagine spending a holiday: in a Victorian mansion. Designed by prominent architect Harald M. Hansen, the space charms with all its lovely little details, including stained glass windows, pocket doors, pocket shutters, parquet floors, decorative fireplaces, carved wood trim and plaster ceiling medallions.
In the Celestial Chamber, guests catch their Zs in a plush bed underneath a hand-painted canopy supported by an intricately carved Victorian headboard. In the Architect’s Quarters, a clawfoot bathtub teases after a stroll along Armitage Avenue, a camera-ready street dotted with boutiques and restaurants among turn-of-the-century brownstones.
To see it all lit up–along with the Magnificent Mile (only a mile away–is the Christmas gift you and your family won’t soon forget.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.