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A pair of cheap Chicago hotels for St. Patty’s Day weekend

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

By Vince Font

Chicago painted the river green on March 12, but locals will still be painting the town red beyond Patty's Day. Credit: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar.

This might sound strange, but every time I think about St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago I can’t help remembering the scene from “The Fugitive” where Harrison Ford uses the parading throngs to make good on his getaway from Tommy Lee Jones. While the actual parade and river dyeing happened over the weekend, the party will most definitely carry on past the actual holiday, making for a great last-minute trip if you can manage it.

Maybe it was seeing the waters of the Chicago River dyed green on such a big screen that started my fascination, or the fact that the people in the parade all seemed to be having such a good time that I’d rather have had the camera follow them for the next hour and a half. Either way, real life has a way of proving that sometimes it’s entirely impossible to climb into your favorite movie scenes — and that doing so in this case doesn’t have to be all that expensive, especially if you know how to round up some of the best cheap Chicago hotels.


Cheap Halloween getaways to the Windy City

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Opened in 1858, the "Old Joliet Prsion" is said to be a haunted hotspot. Credit: keith_011764.

By Maria Mora

For a cheap Halloween getaway, you’ll find it hard to resist Windy City where cheap Chicago hotels, rustling leaves and cool fall temps and early bargains on holiday shopping deals are only half the reason to go. For me, it’s the many Halloween attractions that keep me coming back for more. Don’t take my word for it — plan your trip now and don’t miss these favorite Chicago Halloween celebrations.


Cheap Chicago hotels for New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Chicago hotels
By Kate Schwartz

Ring in the New Year in the Windy City with CheapTickets’ cheap Chicago hotels. Known for its breathtaking architecture and delectable cuisine, Chicago has something for everyone. With CheapTickets’ hotel deals, plus tips on cheap New Year’s Eve fun, you’ll be able to start the New Year with some cash in your pocket. Check out CheapTickets cheap guide to New Year’s Eve in Chicago.

Hotel Allegro: Located in Chicago’s Loop, Hotel Allegro is surrounded by the Windy City’s most astounding architecture and steps from the famous Chicago River. CheapTickets is teaming up with Hotel Allegro to offer 20% off your stay between now and February 15, 2009. For a cheap New Year’s Eve celebration, walk across the street for a drink at the Encore Liquid Lounge, or take a short cab ride to see the free fireworks show at Navy Pier.

Hotel Burnham: Pair cheap travel with cheap shopping, and you’ll be bringing in the New Year in style. Hotel Burnham is located across the street from Chicago’s flagship Macy’s store on State Street, so you’ll be in position to take advantage of any New Year’s sales. Hotel Burnham also is offering 20% off your stay through February 15. And for cheap New Year’s Eve options, take a romantic midnight stroll through Millennium Park or catch the lights on Michigan Avenue.

Hotel Monaco: Stay at Hotel Monaco this New Year’s Eve and you’ll be in position no matter how you decide to celebrate. Hotel Monaco is just steps from Michigan Avenue and Millenium Park, in the heart of downtown, so you’re close to great clubs, restaurants and attractions. Book with CheapTickets and save 20% on your stay.

The Windy City is where it’s at, so get the party started for less when you book your cheap Chicago hotel on CheapTickets.

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

Cheap hotels, activities make cities great travel destinations

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

By Kate Schwartz

Get the most for your money this holiday season with a cheap vacation to a big city. As cultural and transportation hubs, it’s easy to find cheap flights to and cheap hotels in big cities, and they offer plenty of cheap — and sometimes free — activities. From visiting museums on days when they offer free admission, to taking efficient and cost-friendly (not to mention eco-friendly) public transportation, big cities can be fun and cheap vacation destinations. This holiday season, CheapTickets is offering great deals on cheap hotels in big cities across the country.  Here are just some of the ways you can save on your big city adventure:

Chicago: Enjoy being steps away from Lake Michigan and a mile of magnificent shopping when you stay at the Talbot Hotel in Chicago. For a limited time, CheapTickets is making your stay cheaper with 25% off your reservation. For cheap travel fun, take a short walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art and see the latest and greatest for free on Tuesdays.

New York: Although the city never sleeps, you may have to, and when you do, the Wellington Hotel provides a cheap place to rest your head. With 15% off your stay, traveling to New York City has never been cheaper.  Conveniently located a mere three blocks from Central Park, you can spend your days exploring without having to spend a penny.

Los Angeles: Hollywood here you come! Travel like a celebrity this holiday season without breaking the bank. The Wilshire Grand Hotel is offering an astounding 50% off a two-night stay. For a fun and free travel activity, take a trip to the Griffith Observatory. A mere seventeen minutes away from the Wilshire Grand Hotel, this popular attraction includes a free observatory, museum and park.

Wherever your travels take you, there are always ways to save money. With cheap flights and cheap hotels from CheapTickets, combined with savvy travel tips, you can always afford to explore!

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

Hotel deals: Top spots for holiday travel

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

The holiday travel season is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to head out of town for Thanksgiving or take a Christmas vacation, take note: CheapTickets has identified the top 10 holiday travel destinations for 2008.

The list includes a mix of big cities and beach vacation destinations, with Florida and Mexico cities grabbing the most spots. According to CheapTickets’ data, Las Vegas hotels are the most popular for holiday travel, while travelers also have booked plenty of rooms in New York hotels and Cancun hotels.

Travel deal alert: Average rates are less than $100 at Las Vegas hotels, Orlando hotels and Fort Lauderdale hotels.

Check out these popular travel spots and average daily hotel rates.

CheapTickets’ 10 Most Popular Holiday Getaways
1. Las Vegas / $97.74 6. Riviera Maya, Mexico / $284.21
2. New York City / $273.95 7. Miami, Fla. / $134.49
3. Cancun, Mexico / $194.62 8. Chicago, Ill. / $135.52
4. Orlando, Fla. / $83.80 9. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / $87.02
5. Oahu, Hi. / $151.08 10. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / $155.18

The data is based on the average price for all hotel bookings on CheapTickets compared to the listed destinations for arrivals November 24 – December 31, 2008.

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Cheap flights for September weekend getaways

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Cheap tickets make travel easy. And CheapTickets is making it easy for you to plan a weekend getaway in September with cheap flights to cities across the U.S.

Check out these sample airfares (which include all taxes and fees):

  • Atlanta to Los Angeles: $309
  • Chicago to Las Vegas: $287
  • New Orleans to New York City: $252
  • New York City to Ft. Lauderdale: $173
  • San Francisco to Chicago: $274
  • Philadelphia to Orlando: $151

These cheap tickets are for travel in September — leaving Thursday through Saturday and returning Sunday through Tuesday.

September is right around the corner. So pick a weekend and find your cheap tickets.

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Save up to 50% on Starwood hotels

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Cheap hotels are easy to find wherever you travel with this sale from Starwood Hotels.

For a limited time, you can save up to 50% on regular rates at select hotels. Check out these hotels, and look for other participating hotels throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean:

The Westin Boston Waterfront
The Park Plaza Hotel

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Los Angeles
The Westin Pasadena
Sheraton Universal

Le Centre Sheraton

New York City
Sheraton Manhattan at Times Square
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers

San Diego
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

The Westin Harbour Castle
Le Meridien King Edward

Washington DC
The Westin Arlington
The Westin Alexandria

Book your hotel room by August 11 and travel through September 28 to take advantage of this sale.

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Free, cheap ways to enjoy popular Chicago attractions

Friday, July 11th, 2008

By Polly Fitz

Having lived in and around Chicago all my life, I may be a little bit biased, but I think Chicago is a world-class city. There’s award-winning theater and restaurants, prestigious museums and miles of parks and lakefront. And what makes it even better is that many of Chicago’s institutions offer free or discounted programs, making it easy — and cheap — to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer.

Here’s just a small sample of free and discounted programs to make your Chicago vacation a cheap vacation:


The Art Institute of Chicago: 111 S. Michigan Ave. Free Thursday and Friday evenings, 5-9 p.m.

Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art: 220 E. Chicago Ave. (one block east of Michigan Ave.) Free all day on Tuesdays.

Chicago Cultural Center: 78 East Washington St. The center hosts art exhibits, films, dance events, concerts and more, and it’s always free — every day.

Art Gallery Tours: The Chicago Art Dealers Association offers free gallery tours Saturday mornings at 11. Tours are led by a gallery owner and generally include 4 galleries. Meet at the Starbucks at 750 N. Franklin.


Hot Tix sells discount tickets to some of Chicago’s most popular shows. Some tickets are available online; others must be purchased in person. You can’t buy these tickets too far in advance; they’re often for the current day or 3-4 days out.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 1650 N. Halsted St. Twenty tickets priced at $20 are available for most subscription shows on the day of the performance beginning at 11 a.m. (Monday-Saturday) and 1 p.m. (Sunday). Tickets may be purchased by phone or in person. Limit two per person.

Goodman Theatre: At 10 a.m. each day, remaining mezzanine-level tickets for that day’s show(s) are available for half-price online (promo code MEZZTIX); you can buy the tickets at the box office beginning at noon. (Tickets subject to availability; handling fees apply.)


Lincoln Park Zoo: 2200 N. Cannon Drive. Free every day.

Chicago Children’s Museum: 700 E. Grand Ave. (on Navy Pier). Free the first Monday of the month for kids aged 15 and younger. Free for everyone Thursday evenings 5-8 p.m.

I know lots of other cities have similar programs, and we’d love to hear about them. What are some of the free and cheap activities that you enjoy in your city? Is there a great restaurant that offers a regular dinner special? Free walking tours of some of the landmarks? Share your tips in the comments section. We may use them in a future story.

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Polly Fitz is an editor for CheapTickets.

Last minute travel: Cheap tickets for next weekend

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Get out of town — fast — with cheap tickets for last-minute travel. Plan a getaway for next weekend, July 19-20, with airfares like these:

  • Seattle to Las Vegas: $229
  • San Francisco to Chicago: $369
  • Philadelphia to Orlando: $168
  • Denver to Los Angeles: $230
  • New Orleans to New York City: $243

These sample airfares are for round-trip travel and include all taxes and fees. Airfares are for trips leaving Thursday, Friday or Saturday and returning Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Some restrictions apply.

Cheap tickets make last-minute travel easy. Pack your bags!

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AirTran offers cheap tickets for fall travel

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Cheap airfares
on AirTran make it easy to plan your fall vacation now. You can buy these cheap tickets by July 1 and travel through November 5.

Check out some sample airfares:

  • Boston to Chicago — $203
  • Detroit to Fort Lauderdale — $223
  • St. Louis to San Juan — $294
  • Washington to Orlando — $203
  • Denver to Atlanta — $243

These cheap airfares are for round-trip flights and do not include taxes and some fees.

So picture yourself in San Juan in September. Or imagine enjoying sunny Orlando in October.  Plan your fall vacation now and save, with CheapTickets and AirTran.

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