Grab this deal for a central place to stay in Chicago

You can hardly find a better location for a Windy City hotel than the Hyatt Regency Chicago on East Wacker Drive. Fresh from a $90-million renovation, the 36-story hotel is just off Michigan Avenue and overlooks the Chicago River. And BIG Bar, off the lobby, is hopping.

I stayed there for several nights at a recent conference and appreciated how quickly I could go south to Millennium Park and the museum campus, and north to shopping and other attractions. (See my “Windy City Whirl” story in this week’s Detroit News.

And now, in a city where hotels under $200 per night sometimes are hard to get, comes this tempting deal from Half-Off Depot: $539 for four days/three nights for two adults and two children up to 17 years old, including all taxes. The only catch is it can’t be used until 45 days after booking — so, starting about mid-October — but it’s good until Dec. 31, subject to availability.

You can get it for the next several days at

For more information, call the booking agent, (866) 812-8620, not the hotel directly, or e-mail

Be advised that the hotel is huge, 2,019 rooms, and hugely popular for conventions, so it’s abuzz with activity — and sometimes long lines — but the staff is friendly and professional. If small boutique hotels are more your style you may not be happy here.

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for She also has written for websites including and