Planning a long fall weekend or holiday visit to American Girl Place® Chicago? With American Girl's latest doll, Maryellen Larkin, having just arrived in Chicago straight from the 1950s, girls are flocking to the store already. American Girl Place Chicago is giving girls the chance to explore the fabulous '50's via free Maryellen-inspired events geared for girls ages 8 and up that include a free craft, a retro photo experience, and free gift.
Consider making a weekend of a visit to American Girl Place Chicago by spending the night at a Magnificent Mile area hotel that offers special, sweet amenities for girls and dolls. Several Chicago hotels roll out the red carpet for families visiting Chicago with a trip American Girl Chicago in mind, offering special rates and creative promotions for an all-around weekend of fun.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (120 E. Delaware Place)
The luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, located just steps from the the American Girl Store on the Magnificent Mile, offers loads of perks for visiting kids. Be sure to let the reservations team know that you'll be traveling with an American Girl Doll: they'll have a special doll-sized bed waiting for her on arrival. At bedtime, you'll all be treated to milk and cookies; expect a surprise visit from the Ice Cream Man, too, who will make you the sundae of your dreams. The onsite Kids Clubroom, filled with toys and games for all ages, and the 50-foot indoor pool - it was the location of Macaulay Culkin's splash in "Home Alone 2"! - make this hotel a Chicago family favorite.
The Talbott Hotel (20 E. Delaware Place)
The Talbott Hotel goes over the top to ensure that girls and their dolls experience a weekend to remember with their personalized American Girl Place packages. There are three packages to choose from: all of them include a personalized welcome letter, a keepsake American Girl fold-out doll bed, milk and two Sprinkles cupcakes at turndown, a $15 breakfast credit per person at Mercadito Kitchen (for a maximum of two people), and one entry into the American Girl quarterly drawing for a doll. The American Girl Place Imagine Package also includes personalized Talbott Hotel stationery, a personalized guest room keycard, six personalized photo postcards by the fireplace and a personalized room service menu, while the American Girl Place Dream Package also includes a personalized pink twin sized blanket, a breakfast in bed upgrade for two people, and a guaranteed late check-out of 3 p.m. so you can squeeze in another day of shopping before you leave town.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago (401 N. Wabash Ave.)
Spend a weekend in style at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, where the American Girl Place Package includes a personalized check-in and a personal shopper at American Girl Place. The hotel will provide Cadillac house car service to the American Girl store and you can count on being pampered with special touches throughout your stay: suite guests will also recieve breakfast for two at Sixteen, pajamas and a travel set for Grace. All dolls will receive a tiny bed of their very own and turndown service with a special treat. Set beside the Chicago River, this high-rise luxury hotel also boasts a deluxe indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor terrace and a 23,000-sq-ft spa.
The Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton Place)
The historic Drake Hotel has the perfect package for families looking to celebrate their American Girl with a weekend of shopping and fun. Upon arrival, you'll receive a personalized welcome letter and a voucher for a Shirley Temple or Pink Lemonade in the hotel's stunning Palm Court. Your deluxe room will include a milk and cookies turndown and your American Girl doll will have a iittle bed of her very own. In the morning, enjoy complimentary breakfast at Drake Bros. then take a moment to access the hotel's library of American Girl books.
You can find a full schedule of events at American Girl Place Chicago at americangirl.com/retailinfo/events.