Archive for September, 2013

Five Fun Facts about Midway Hotel Center

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
  • There are model planes from the original owner of the property that is now the Hampton Inn Midway.  A must see. After the hotel’s recent renovation, the planes were displayed as flying through the lobby.
  • We have tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, hair spray, and even deodorant complimentary for those distressed passengers that may walk through our doors with little to no personal belongings.
  • You can park at any of our hotels for $14.00 even if you’re not staying as a guest – just come in to one of the front desks and ask for a parking pass.
  • Every hotel on property offers an overnight package that includes parking for up to 14 days. There are special room rates for these packages so view them here.
  • TGI Friday’s located in the Courtyard will actually deliver to your room, in any of the hotels.

Fall in Love with Chicago this Season

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The cool air has arrived, pumpkin spice lattes have hit the menus in Starbucks and we’re almost to boot wearing weather. When thinking of the million ways to celebrate and quite literally, fall, in love with Chicago this autumn, we found the following list by Leah Pickett of WBEZ 91.5 and her 30 things to do in Chicago this fall.

Here are some of our favorites from Leah’s list:

Windy City Wine Festival, Sept. 6-7

Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! The 9th year of the Windy City Wine Fest, presented by U.S. Bank, will bring samples of over 345 different wines from all around the world, alongside food pairings from some of the city’s best restaurants. Meet at Buckingham Fountain for demonstrations from local chefs and expert-led wine pairing seminars.


Design Harvest Festival Sept. 28-29

Chicago’s annual street festival celebrating home design will feature a myriad of local vendors and antique collectors,  as well as family hay rides, pumpkin painting to raise money for a local elementary school, square dancing, cold beer, delicious food and live music programming from The Hideout.


Hubbard Street: Fall Series, Oct. 10-13

The incredible Hubbard Street dancers have a hot ticket for Chicago audiences this year: a diverse and exciting program from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek and Alejandro Cerrudo that will feature nods to Michael Jackson, the Paris Opera and “Flashdance.”


Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Oct. 13

If you’re not running that day, bring a sign and cheer on your friends! The marathon has Two Waves that start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, so bring that double-shot pumpkin spice latte with you to the start line.


Vintage Garage, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20

Uptown’s Vintage Garage, the only monthly flea market in Chicago, presents the best vintage and antique dealers under one roof every third Sunday from April to October. Don’t miss your chance to attend the last two shows of the season: “Vintage Art” on Sept. 15 and “Record Ramp” with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) on Oct. 20.


Search for the best cider.

‘Tis that time of year. For the hard cider fans: Sprout, SmallBar, The Grafton Pub and Kuma’s Corner all have excellent selections.


Beer Hoptacular, Nov. 8-9

Attend Chicago’s Fourth Annual Beer Hoptacular at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen instead. Make sure to stick around for the best Hoptacular beer of the year (2012 winner: 5 Lizard from Bedford, Illinois)


Find the best pie.

During the autumnal months, a seasonal slice of delectable pumpkin or hot apple pie really hits the spot. Take refuge at Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Company or First Slice Pie Cafe to satisfy your every craving.


Christmas Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza, Nov. 27

Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the tree donor flip the switch at Chicago’s 100th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, accompanied by live music and performances at Daley Plaza. And say, “Goodbye fall, I hardly knew ye.”


For the complete list…and all of Leah’s details…view the article here!

Midway in the News: Hotel experts offer summer travel advice for home away from home

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Our very own Tony Marco, general manager of the Hampton Inn Midway and Erin Bertollini, general manager at the Marriott Midway discuss the renovations to the Midway properties and what the guest experience is all about.

“Every guest has individual needs, and hotels offer accommodations that differ based on what’s determined to be the repeat requests,” Bertollini said.

Read the complete story here:

Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-888-MID-INNS.

Dine at the Midway Hotel Center

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

At the Midway Hotel Center, we try and steer clear of the “hotel food” stereotype – by having amazing and unique food. There are four great restaurants on property, giving you the option to eat whatever you’re in the mood for.

We don’t want to just feed you; we want you to have a food EXPERIENCE!

Dempsey’s took the challenge of breaking the hotel food stereotype seriously and has been producing some seriously amazing food.

Chef Ramon and his partner, Chef Jennifer, broke the mold of Irish food and constantly create unique dishes that will make you think you’re eating at a gourmet restaurant, instead of in a hotel.

Dempsey’s has seasonally changing menus, which is great because that means you can come back again and again and try new things.


What’s something new you can try soon? One of Chef Ramon’s favorites is his new grilled cheese, which features three types of cheeses, extra bread and marinara!

A dish that has been a staple on the menu is everyone’s favorite special walnut salad, which contains candied walnuts, cranberries and fried goat cheese – and it tastes just as good as it looks!


Dempsey’s is delicious but it isn’t the only food option at Midway, you can also try Coaches Sports Bar & Grill in the Holiday Inn, the Great American Grill in the Hilton Garden Inn and TGI Friday’s, located in the middle of the Midway campus.


Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-888-MID-INNS