With fall fastly approaching, the anticipation to escape becomes all too real, however summer can clear out your bank and leave you scrounging for ways to getaway. Do you ever stop to think that a ‘staycation’ could be just as beneficial as a little vacation? The Talbott Hotel, a European-style independent boutique hotel, nestled on a quiet street in Chicago’s stunning Gold Coast neighborhood is the ideal spot for a Chicago staycation.
Built in 1927 and recently renovated, the AAA Four Diamond, European-style Talbott Hotel provides everything one expects from large, world-class brands along with everything desirable about an independent boutique hotel—streamlined check-in and check-out, top-of-the-line amenities, a welcoming staff that takes personal pride in delivering unequaled service and behind-the-scenes hotel technologies that ensure guest security and comfort. Basil Kromelow, owner of The Talbott Hotel since the early 1960’s, is proud to welcome you and ensure a fine stay.
From the moment you’re greeted at the door to walking into a room that appears to be a nicer, more modern version of your ideal apartment, you escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Whether you’re looking to spend your staycation hunkered up in the room, or are looking to explore a side of the city you often overlook, The Talbott is the place to be.
The décor seems subtle, but it’s not overlooked. It’s actually an important part of the Talbott’s identity. Their ability to connect with you on a level as both a friend and a guest speaks volumes to the mission of the Talbott.
If you’re looking to stay put, but want to indulge in a well-crafted meal, you’ll find Mercadito Kitchen right off the lobby of the Talbott. We highly recommend Mercadito Kitchen, and the fall in Chicago is one of the best times to take advantage of the outdoor seating they offer, but there’s no shortage of indoor if that’s what you prefer.
We know you want to give your mind a rest well on a staycation, so we did the work for you. Here’s the #1 thing you MUST try at Mercadito Kitchen:
lemon-marinated mahi mahi, pico de gallo, crispy avocado, orange, chile de arbol broth
poached shrimp, watermelon pico de gallo, jalapeño, tortilla strips, chile piquin-lemon broth
poached shrimp, calamari, epazote, mahi mahi, tomatillo pico de gallo, passion fruit-serrano broth
Chicagoans tend to steer clear of places that seem to be overcrowded with tourists with the intention to get to and from one destination to the next in a shorter time, but it’s sometimes fun to play tourist in your own city. If making a conscious effort to explore the city was a part of your reason for a staycation, the Talbott is front and center in the ability to do just that. With easy access to trains and buses, you can maneuver your way in any direction. If you’d rather enjoy the fall air, The Talbott is a short walking distance from many attractions including Michigan Ave and Oak Street- two of Chicago’s most coveted shopping and dining areas.
Chicago is lined with beautiful scenery, free things to do, and a bought of relaxation, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of our beautiful city!
Another perk to spending your staycation at the Talbott Hotel is that they welcome dogs with open arms. The Talbott understands your love for your pet and knows that can be a factor in the inability to get away. So pack up Fido’s favorite toys and we’ll see you there!