The Lap Of Luxury

I am writing this from my room on the 23rd floor (Executive Level) of the Chicago Hilton. This is the hotel where the climactic chase scene from “The Fugitive” was filmed and I am listening to the “L” and the bells that helped Samuel Gerard track down fugitive Richard Kimble. My older son and I are in town for a performing arts college fair and several college visits. Here  was the view from our room yesterday afternoon, while we ate Gino’s East pizza and Garrett’s caramel corn:

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While it’s not the $10,000-a-night Conrad Suite (complete with helipad!) perched at the top of this grand hotel, this is certainly more luxury than I ever dreamed of experiencing. I used to hope that maybe some day I’d be able to afford one night at a Hilton.

Wanna know a secret? I got a free upgrade to this room because I’m a Hilton HHonors Gold member, which I achieved just by getting an Hilton HHonors American Express credit card. And rooms here go for just $85/night during the winter. Luxury is sometimes more affordable than you think. Now excuse me while I get my free breakfast in the Executive Lounge…

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