Changes in the Wind

Changes in the Wind

It’s a windy weekend in Chicago and we’ve seen some changes here at the Two Urns.  Our Blue Room has been freshened up and rearranged in what we think offers more space.

We also have a new Booking Engine, so when you click on the “Check Availability” you will see a new price structure – the most reasonable, Non-Refundable Rate is for our guests, who know when they plan on visiting and know they want to be with us specifically.  These rates are the lowest possible and our Returning Guests will be receiving an e-mail letting them know about their special promo code that takes an extra $5 off per night for any new reservations, except for OTA rates through third party sources (, Bed and, Airbnb, Expedia, etc.).  FYI, you will always find the least expensive rates on-line at this website for Two Urns.

Our new Best Available Rate still has a 7 day cancellation period (Noon CST) for those who may not be so sure of their dates of travel.

We’ve also made it super easy to give a Gift Certificate to any one you choose.  Just click on the new “card” on our website’s front page marked “Gift Certificate” and you can fill in the amount you wish to purchase (starting at $100) and where to send the gift certificate and it will be emailed out immediately.  There is no expiration date so it’s the perfect gift any time of the year for Moms, newlyweds, or babymooners.

We hope the wind blows you our way again real soon when you can enjoy Chicago in the best of weather – so plan ahead, our rates do change based on demand and the rate you see today, may not be the one posted tonight or tomorrow.


Love on Paper

Love on Paper

valentineA new, free exhibit, Love on Paper, at the Newberry Library (just 15 min. east on the#70 Division Street bus) opens January 15th, 2015 with a collection of valentines, love letters, books and even heart-shaped maps.  A perfect exhibit to celebrate St. Valentine – exhibit runs through April 1, 2015.  On Weds. February 11th from 4-7 pm in Ruggles Hall you can make your own valentines as part of their “Make Love on Paper” event.

The Hypocrites: H.M.S. Pinafore through Feb. 7th

One of our favorite local theatre companies is at the Den Mainstage, 1329 N Milwaukee Avenue until February 7th with what local theatre critic, Hedy Weiss, calls “magic at work” when “…a director can turn a crowd of about 200 mostly young…Wicker Park types into the happily participatory members at a loony pajama party set to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan.”  Just a short walk  from the Two Urns and pajamas are optional.

Visit Chicago, Discover it with a Free Local Tour Guide

Create your own art at "the Bean", Anish Kapoor's Cloudgate sculpture

Create your own art at “the Bean”, Anish Kapoor’s Cloudgate sculpture

One of the best ways for visitors to explore Chicago is through the Chicago Greeter program. With a friendly, knowledgeable local as your guide, you can see the most popular landmarks and attractions on a 2-4 hour FREE guided tour.

Chicago Greeter

Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests. Over 200 enthusiastic volunteers await you to share their expertise and passion about the city! Make sure to register at least 10 business days in advance for a free 2-4 hour guided visit of Chicago.

Chicago InstaGreeter

Looking for more flexibility, or making plans to visit Chicago at the last minute? Let InstaGreeter take you on a free hour-long guided walk of downtown.

Millennium Park InstaGreeter will run through October 13, 2014. The one hour walks of the park will be conducted every day at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., departing from the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center. Registration is not required.

Wicker Park scene for Jennifer Hudson’s newest music video

An on-line newspaper,, just posted that Milwaukee Avenue and many of the shops on it were recently backdrops for Jennifer Hudson’s newest video for “Walk it Out”. For more information here is a more recent article about the video: Walk it Out!


First Lady – Chicago Architecture River Boat Tours

Best view in the city!

Best view in the city!

We are proud to be connected to the Concierge program of the First Lady- the Chicago Architecture River Boat Tours – the best way to see Chicago.   Just ask at breakfast, but we can assist you with getting tickets (dock opens at 9 am daily) – even same day for tours on this most popular sightseeing tour in downtown Chicago.  Just ask staff at breakfast to assist you with tickets – you will need to pay a $10 deposit at the Two Urns and the balance of $29.43 is due at the dock when you pick up your tickets.

Wicker Park in top ten places for Millennials

One of our favorite lunch specials at $5.95 for 3 courses on Division Street a short walk from Two Urns.

One of our favorite lunch specials at $6.50 for 3 courses on Division Street a short walk from Two Urns.

Niche Ink just announced Chicago and Wicker Park neighborhood as the #4 on their list of places for Millennials to live.

25 Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials

Just one more reason to stay in Wicker Park on your next visit to Chicago.  Our tip for the day:  The Bedford – a great lounge located in the safety deposit vault of a bank just 2 blocks from the Two Urns.  Stop by for a late night drink, have a little supper, enjoy all Wicker Park has to offer.

Shop West Town

Shop West Town

Great shopping just a short walk from Two Urns during the summer.

Great shopping just a short walk from Two Urns during the summer.

Every summer the neighborhoods of Chicago come alive with different festivals and events.  We love all the handmade indie-vibe crafters that are here during the Renegade Craft Fair every September.  The West Fest offers a great line up of music talent, artisan  and sidewalk shopping.   Design Harvest highlights many of the city’s unique design firms and is always the last “hurrah” of the festival season, just in time for autumn.   All in  “West Town” the area directly north west of the Loop  (Division Street south to Grand) here are some of the 2014 highlights:

We always have lots of guests who come in for these events so plan early to book to get the best room choice.



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