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With a city as wonderful as Chicago, there is no need to go far when it comes to going on vacation. There are perfect options right here in your home city to get the sense of being a world traveler.

Ethnically rich experiences run deep within the city. Travel to Germany by grabbing a bite to eat at The Berghoff. And if you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the Berlin Wall, you are in luck. The CTA stop near Lincoln Square displays a large segment of the Berlin Wall and a plaque dedicated to the city.

Maybe you are looking for a peaceful trip to China, we recommend taking a water taxi to what some call the most peaceful place in the city. Ping Tom Memorial Park features river and skyline views, kayak rentals, and a trademark pagoda-style pavilion.

Feeling festive? Spice things up and take a trip to somewhere warmer like Mexico. Celebrity chef Rick Bayless has multiple spots that specialize in modern takes on traditional Mexican cuisine all around Chicago. Mexican staple, Frontera Grill, is always busy but always a win, Topolobampo offers an upscale tasting menu that will satisfy an adventurous appetite. You can’t go wrong in either direction.

For the relaxation kings and queens drive up north a bit to Lincoln Park for a relaxing day at The Kohler Water Spa. They feature 21 treatment rooms, a thermal suite, sauna and cool plunge pool with lounge seating, an outdoor terrace, and state-of-the-art amenities. This water oasis offers a menu of more than 50 water services, therapeutic massages, facial and body treatments, and finishing services. This urban staycation will have you transformed into a fresh, relaxed new you! Kohler even has a newly opened top notch chocolate shop nearby to end the day off on a sweet note.

For the adventure gurus, Chicago can be seen from a bird’s-eye view with a Chicago Aerial Tour. Helicopter sightseeing will take you 2,000 feet in the air where you’ll be able to take amazing photos of the urban city architecture. Continue to go to new heights by enjoy the view at the Willis Tower Ledge or enjoy a cocktail on the 96th floor Signature Lounge in the John Hancock Building.

Whether you opt for a vacation or one of these great staycation ideas, it is always nice to come home to The Residence at The St. Regis Chicago. To learn more, please visit The Residences at The St. Regis Chicago here.