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Stay at The Blackstone and explore Chicago by bike
We've been talking a lot about green travel this month. Well, here's one more way you can do your part to reduce the impact your travels have on the environment. Book a room at The Blackstone in Chicago through October 31, and you'll be given two Strida bikes to use for the duration of your stay.
"Bike Chicago" package prices range from $199 to $269 per night and include overnight accommodations for two, a city map and the use of two bikes. Strida bikes are the world's lightest collapsible bikes, so you can easily pedal around town and then fold up the bike and carry it with you on the bus or El if you need to travel farther than you're willing to pedal. And because biking all over Chicago can take a lot out of you, The Blackstone will also provide you with some tasty fuel - a picnic lunch for two from Mercat al la Planxa, a Catalan cuisine restaurant inside the hotel.
The Blackstone is a Marriott property located on Michigan Avenue, near Grant Park. While it's not the cheapest accommodation you'll find in the city, the hotel's restored luxury (it was originally built in in 1910), excellent service, and ideal location make it well worth the price. For the date I checked, the bike package was only $40 more than the basic rate, an amount you could easily spend on cabs over the course of a weekend. So overall, I 'd say this is a pretty good deal. See Chicago, save some money, and do a little to help save the planet at the same time.