Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

A few years ago my husband and I took an indulgent get-away weekend in Chicago to celebrate a milestone birthday. Usually we are practical people who stay at Best Westerns, where we lug our bags ourselves up the back stairs from the parking garage, and eat breakfast from a cooler we brought from home. But this weekend was about celebration and indulgence. So we stayed at the Chicago Intercontinental Hotel, an exorbitantly lush historic building, restored to its original grandeur of when it was the luxurious Medinah Men’s Club,  with opulent ballrooms, a four-story foyer and a famously appointed Olympic sized swimming pool.

We, the people who usually spend our vacations slogging around on bikes until we’re sweaty and dirty, exploring out of the way shops and beaches and eating at local taverns and diners, allowed ourselves to be indulged. We let doormen hail us cabs and ate all our meals in restaurants. We shopped at Ann Taylor, the real one, not the Loft. We watched “Wicked” from pretty good seats; we slept in and stayed out late.

We had so much fun that we didn’t take time out to take photos, but did catch a few of the amazing swimming pool room. Considered an engineering feat when built in 1929, it is the only part that remains of the elaborate exercise facility once housed there. The pool room features Neptune’s fountain, hand-painted mosaic tiles, and stained glass windows. An elaborately tiled tiered seating area remains where spectators once gathered to watch the famous and not so famous in swimming competitions. The photos do not do it justice: you’ll just have to indulge yourself  and visit there to experience the true beauty of the building. (Or at least visit the website here!)

Tiered seating area

Overview of fountain and pool room

Close-up of Neptune's Fountain

© Huffygirl 2012

24 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

  1. A couple of year back I managed to negotiate a great deal on a trip to Hong Kong. Two tickets, first class return to Hong Kong for the price of one and a 40% discount on the one thrown into the deal. From the moment we got to the airport it was like another world and nothing like flying economy. We really did indulge ourselves on that trip

    • I do too. The nice thing about this one is that they did not ruin it. Another hotel Ive been to with its original integrity nicely maintained is the Island House on Mackinac Island.

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  3. There is nothing like lavishing indulgences upon yourself(ves) to make the trip/weekend forever stand out in your mind. The trick is to first convince yourself that it’s okay to spend the money on you because who deserves it more. And then refrain from wincing every time you get a bill (restaurant, hotel, airlines, whatever). Good for you to pass over all these stumbling blocks and realize you really are worth it! 😀

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