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Girlfriends Getaway to the Emerald City

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Keep reading to find two click-and-go. easy weekender trips to Chicago...

Food & Wine Appreciation, $485 per person. This package includes accommodations for two nights at the Talbott, a 149-room hotel with boutique touches, such as nightlight turndown service, a Friday night Asian dinner, including wine and sake, at the restaurant Aria, a Saturday morning tasting of foods invented in Chicago, a Saturday afternoon wine tasting at Randolph Wine Cellars, and a Sunday cooking class with a brunch that you cook yourself. When: May 4-6, 2007. Details: Local transportation is provided between tastings and restaurants. Hotel taxes, admission fees, one dinner, tour fees, and breakfast daily are included; based on double occupancy. Contact: Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, 877/244-2246.

Museum Lovers' Weekend, $504 per person. Includes lodging at the Talbott, a Friday evening private tour of two architectural gems, the Glessner House Museum and the Clarke House Museum; dinner of traditional Chicago cuisine at The Chicago Firehouse restaurant; visits to several unique museums, such as the Oriental Institute Museum, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center; Saturday lunch at Greek restaurant Pegasus; and Sunday breakfast at the Field Museum of Natural History, followed by a private tour and access to the museum's exhibition, Darwin. When: July 13-15, 2007. Details: Local transportation is provided between museums and restaurants. Hotel taxes, admission fees, one dinner, one lunch, tour fees, and daily breakfasts are included; based on double occupancy. Contact: Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, 877/244-2246.

Remember, Chicago's public transportation system, the RTA, has a helpful online trip planner where you can select a starting point and destination, date, anticipated arrival time, and quickest routes. Buy a day pass for $5.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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