• Spring in Full Swing at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

    POSTED April 1, 2019
  • Spring in Full Swing at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

    POSTED April 1, 2019

Winter is nothing but a faint memory for Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. The downtown hotel is celebrating Chicago's beautiful springtime with colorful foods, floral drinks and seasonal pampering.

Situated across from Chicago's Millennium Park, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is offering new floral, spring-inspired amenities and packages to kick off the budding season. Through June 9, Fairmont Chicago's in-house gastropub, Columbus Tap, and lobby bar, THE BAR, will offer floral-inspired food and beverage menus. Among these are handcrafted floral cocktails garnished with edible flowers and botanical beers, including "Spring into Bourbon," "Bee's Knees" and a Virtue Rose cider.

Columbus Tap's seasonal menu ranges in prices around $45 a plate. From the spring lettuce salad to the seared chicken breast to the vanilla panna cotta, Fairmont Chicago's spring menu will have your tastebuds waving farewell to winter blues.

Looking for some springtime pampering? Check into Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park for mySpa, a luxury spa offering seasonal packages that incorporate botanicals. One offering, the Bloom hotel package, includes a $10/night donation to the Grant Park Conservancy to spread the springtime love.

"Fairmont Chicago wants to celebrate the magical time that is Chicago springtime and give back to our local parks. Year-long, the parks create a forum for gathering in nature in our beautiful metropolis, so we wanted to pay tribute in a way that also brought people together in a way that fosters an appreciation for nature. Our menus were crafted with sustainability in mind," says Colleen Sweitzer, marketing manager of Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park.

THE BAR will also be bringing in the outdoors with 75 giant flower balls hanging from the ceiling. The chefs of Fairmont Chicago are also offering custom botanic menus for events.

"Nobody does spring quite like Chicago. The first taste of sun energizes the entire city, everyone is eager to take advantage of the opportunity to get outside," Sweitzer says. "We have a variety of ways that you can incorporate the Chicago springtime into your next event with our event booster program – everything from a food truck social to rock climbing."

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  


Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.


As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.