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Chicago hotels offer discounts and 'Downton Abbey' fun to warm up the winter

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Several luxury hotels are heating up the blustery Chicago weather with room discounts this winter. And a British-based hotel is spotlighting the fourth season of “Downton Abbey,” which begins Jan. 5 in the U.S.

The Peninsula Chicago, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue, is running a Luxury in Advance guest room package. Guests who reserve 15 days in advance will receive 20% off the best available rate, through March 31.

Chicago heats up with Restaurant Week and Creative Expo

To coincide with the package, the Peninsula skating rink will remain open into March.

In Chicago, the Winter Wonder Fest at Navy Pier continues to Jan. 12 and Navy Pier Snow Days will run Feb, 8-9.

The Chicago Restaurant Week is set for the first week of February, and the 2014 Chicago Creative Expo for March 1-2.

In sports, the Chicago Bears play at Soldier Field now though January. The Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks play through spring. For baseball fans of the Chicago White Sox or Cubs, MLB opening day is March 22.

3-for-2 nights at the Ritz

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel is offering a 25% discount for its Chicago Escape. The package includes 25% off the room rate and free parking.

Or book a suite for the Winter is Suite promotion, and receive a complimentary second night . With the Stay Longer package, stay two nights and receive a complimentary third night.

For the Advance Purchase offer, book at least 14 days in advance and receive 20% off the room rate. Full prepayment is due at the time of booking, and prepayment is non-refundable if the reservation is cancelled.

"What is a Weekend?"

Fans of The Langham Hotel in London know that the company has the British heritage to properly celebrate all things “Downton Abbey.” The Langham, Chicago has plans for the U.S. run of the blockbuster show, which will begin its fourth season on Jan. 5 on PBS.

The Langham, Chicago, at 330 N. Wabash Ave., is offering "What is a Weekend" Package, inspired by a famous line uttered by Dame Maggie Smith as Violet the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

The one-night package includes access for two to the Club Lounge, with dedicated butler service plus all-day refreshments, morning breakfast and a welcome amenity of Champagne, a pot of tea, and scones with jam and cream. There’s even a butler-drawn bath featuring Highclere Castle salts.

Those who are staying for afternoon tea have late checkout. The "What is a Weekend" package, available in January and February, starts at $449 plus tax.

For those “Downton Abbey” fans who want to indulge in some binge viewing with friends, there’s the Downton Abbey Cinema Suite Nights. The package includes a private screening room for 12 to watch “Downton Abbey,” plus a Champagne afternoon tea break for 12 served in the Cinema Suite and a Downton Abbey welcome amenity. The package includes a one-night stay for the host and full use of the Cinema Suite during the stay. The cost is $1,299 plus tax.

The Langham, Chicago also will offer a "Downton Abbey" afternoon tea served by white-gloved wait staff trained in the fine art of tea service. The team was trained by Charles MacPherson, author of “The Butler Speaks,” who will be featured at an author's tea held in The Langham, Chicago's Pavilion Lounge on Jan. 3. MacPherson will speak about the role of the Edwardian butler and offer practical household tips for today.

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