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Giveaway! Win one night's stay at the Blackstone Hotel!

Any big city is bound to be full of beautiful hotels.  Chicago is no exception, however, how many hotels can boast not only gorgeous appointments and great service, but also a storied past?

That would be The Blackstone, a recently renovated 100 year old gem in the South Loop.  Once the site of crime conventions, the origin of the phrase "smoke filled room", and Al Capone's favorite barbershop, these days the only gangsters to be seen are hanging in the art gallery - subjects of the "Outlaw" exhibit by graffiti artist Kaves.

Let's review: we have 1) a quintessential Chicago past, 2) "they don't make them like they used to" architecture, 3) modern luxury brought to you by Marriott Renaissance, 4) a unique art gallery, and 5) a great location.   Wouldn't you like to stay in such palatial surroundings?  You can, for free!  Sign up for The Shaker, my new monthly newsletter.  Anyone who signs up between now and Friday, April 30th is entered to win one night at The Blackstone (tommy gun not included).

What's in The Shaker?

  • Cocktail of the Month
  • "A Whispered Aside" (a little hostess tip)
  • Interesting books, CDs, etc. that currently have my attention
  • Second City Soiree Sneak Peak (what's coming up on the site)

The Shaker will be delivered on the first Monday of the Month, and is full of content not found on the main site.

Sign up for The Shaker and be entered to win a night at The Blackstone! Contest ends April 30th. Winner announced Monday, May 3rd.  Good luck!


Winner will be randomly chosen from all who sign up for the newsletter between April 20-30, 2010
Be sure to provide a valid email address
Open to US residents age 18 and over
Some blackout dates apply. You and The Blackstone will work that out together.

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Reader Comments (8)

Love the name of the newsletter!!! Perfect!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I also love the name! Is there a Mover too? :)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy H.

The Blackstone is also the location of the backroom deal in 1944 that put Harry Truman on the Democratic Presidential Ticket with FDR. If you can find that room, please let me know.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I lurv Blackstone! And yes, of course - count me in to receive your newsletter!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMJ Tam

Looking forward to the newsletter!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Love your newsletter concept ~ and the Blackstone is such a wonderful giveaway ~ will spread the word!!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe savvy host

Thanks, Savvy Host!

April 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterJen @ SecondCitySoiree

Of course I'd love to get your newsletter...just signed up! What a fabulous giveaway, could be fun to get away one night in the city before this baby of ours is born (due July 11th!). Looking forward to getting your newsletter!

Jaime ;)

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

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