Chicago – Gifts

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Animal House

Downtown’s Hotel Monaco encourages guests to bring their favorite pets – both canine and feline – and then greets them with kitty litter boxes, grooming care, and special spa services. Your dog or cat will even be photographed for the hotel’s permanent register. What? Rover or Morris won’t travel? Then sign up for a pet to foster. The Monaco provides your very own goldfish to cherish during your stay. Bonus: While you’re out, hotel staff happily feeds and tends to your new finny friend. No more returning to a lonely room. The adopt-a-fish idea has made quite a splash.

225 N. Wabash Ave.


Confidential Deal: Hotel Monaco has created a special package only available to Conway Confidential readers including:

-Deluxe accommodations at Hotel Monaco Chicago

-A surprise welcome amenity

-A relaxing in-room spa treatment – your choice of an indulgent massage, facial or body wrap

-A soft and plush Hotel Monaco robe to take home

This one-night package is available at a special discounted rate starting at $469 (rates may fluctuate depending on booking date). Enter promo code PCON at least five days before your intended stay to book.

Luxury with a Conscious

A gem hidden within The Windy City’s Gold Coast, The Talbott Hotel remains fancy without forgoing sustainability. Proof? This family-owned retreat, built in 1927, was deemed one of Illinois’ first Green Seal Certificate hotels. After a painstaking nine months of work to meet the stringent environmental lodging standard required for such honors, The Talbott greatly reduced its carbon footprint to include such recycling practices as donating unused soap and other bathroom amenities to20charity. And, for guests who need help deciding what is the right (translation: green) temperature for their newly renovated rooms, there’s a special eco-mode on each and every thermostat. Now, how cool is that?

20 East Delaware Place


Confidential Deal: Complimentary breakfast buffet for up to two adults per day, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, complimentary access to Equinox Fitness center, and a special discount savings pass at Bloomingdale’s in the mall next door (900 N. Michigan Ave.). Go to and enter “PConway”=2 0in the Special Requests section when booking your reservation.


Oh, Honey!

Best known for her signature20honey-infused treatments utilizing the sweet, soothing elements of the bee’s best product, owner Bambi Montgomery’s three-level Honey Child Salon and Spa is a full-service facility. On hand is a divine hair and nail salon, as well as private rooms for massages, body wraps, and chemical treatments. Oh, and all kinds of facials. Besides those that leave your complexion feeling supple and fresh, there’s the unique Honey Buns treatment, a 30-minute facial for your derriere.

735 N. LaSalle


Confidential Deal: Honey Child spa is offering a “Sweet Deal” especially for Conway Confidential readers: 1 hour Honey on the Rocks Massage, 1 hour Honey Rock Facial, Beeswax Pedicure, Creme & Honey M anicure. A $400 value, this package is available to you for $350 when you bring in a copy of this article. The Conway Confidential “Sweet Deal” package can be used for a day at the spa or can be spread out for multiple visits to Honey Child.

Traditional English

A time-earned tradition for Miracle Mile’s weary shoppers, high tea inside The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court is served 1-5 p.m. daily. Takers relish freshly baked scones and requisite bite-sized sandwiches. This repast – enjoyed by such luminaries as the Queen of England (in 1958) – is meant to be a sip and a sup, not an entire meal. Still, sometimes all the eye can see is too good to pass up, so taking part may mean delaying dinner – or skipping it altogether. However much you indulge, when you add in live harp music and a place to relax near this legendary hotel’s signature limestone fountain, you may be convinced you’ve arrived in heaven. Provided, that is, you’ve made a reservation.

140 E. Walton Pl.


Confidential Deal: Starting in January, print this article to receive a complimentary glass of champagne with full service tea OR a 15% discount for parties of 6 or more who pu rchase afternoon tea service. (These offers cannot be combined.)

Fun Stuff

Witty Workouts

The trendy West Loop-located Flirty Girl Fitness put the fun back into working out. Seriously, there’s a Hula-Hoop regimen as well as other clever classes like Booty Beats, Video Vixen, Salsalicious, and Hottie Body Boxing. In all, Flirty Girl offers some 100 classes a week, a number of them one-hour, drop-in sessions. Also on hand: A bountiful smoothie bar, manicure and pedicure stations, and a charming outdoor patio.

1325 W. Randolph St.


Confidential Deal: Print this article to receive a complimentary smoothie or martini with your first class purchase.