single frame: Balcony at the Palmer House

Balcony at the Palmer House

Balcony at the Palmer House
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I’m sad that Margaret and I won’t be able to make our annual wintertime trip to Chicago this year. It had become a tradition of our marriage. But Chicago requires travelers from Indiana to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, making the trip impractical. Even if we did go, our unwillingness to eat inside a restaurant would make avoiding hunger challenging.

We used to go every December to enjoy Christkindlmarkt, take in a show, and finish our Christmas shopping. Then Margaret took a job where December is the busy season, and we started going in January as a way of relaxing after the holidays.

Chicago is not a popular destination in the cold and snowy months, which is why we go then. We get such great deals on hotel rooms! Last year we stayed in the gorgeous Palmer House for what it would normally cost at a suburban box hotel.

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8 responses to “single frame: Balcony at the Palmer House”

  1. brandib1977 Avatar

    Perhaps you can still go somewhere else and pick up your Chicago tradition again next year. I have never been to Chicago but would love to go sometime. This place looks beautiful.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I recommend it in December. Yes, it’s cold and windy. But you can get deals on nice downtown hotels (e.g., a $350 room for $150), everything’s decorated, Christkindlmarkt is great fun, the theater district is in full swing, and there’s all the Christmas shopping you could ever want.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Sounds wonderful!!! I’ll have to find an adventure buddy for this one. :)

  2. Marc Beebe Avatar

    That reminds me of my favourite joke from The Music Man:
    Harold Hill; “Where can I find a good hotel?”
    Local; “Try the Palmer House in Chicago!”

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  3. lasousa2015 Avatar

    Nice image Jim. My wife and I discussed going on a vacation together to someplace warm this morning. It will be such a relief to be able to travel again. We had a trip planned to Sicily that was derailed in the spring. Thank you so much for giving likes etc. to some of my humble images. Louis.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You do nice work Louis! I enjoy seeing it.

      1. lasousa2015 Avatar

        Thank you!

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