You could spend the night at Hotel Essex for just a buck.

By Andrea Romano
Updated March 13, 2020
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A hotel deal like this doesn’t come along every day — and it might be the best way to see the Windy City on a budget.

Hotel Essex, a mid-century landmark hotel in Chicago, Illinois, underwent a $75 million dollar renovation last year, and it wants to celebrate its birthday with you.

In honor of the hotel’s first birthday since the renovation, Hotel Essex will offer a one-night stay for only $1 to five lucky winners of its Instagram contest.

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To get a chance to win, prospective guests must follow Hotel Essex on Instagram and tag a friend in the comment section of its daily posts between Monday, March 30 and Friday, April 3. The hotel will announce one winner at 1 p.m. the day after each post, so if you don’t get it one day, you can always try again until the week is out.

Winners can redeem the $1 room for a night of their choice anytime throughout the next calendar year, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan. The best times to visit are during the spring, summer, and fall when the weather is good and there are lots of events going on.

The hotel is located on S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Its prime location means that visitors can easily access some of the best points of interest in Chicago, including the South Loop, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium. According to a statement from the hotel, all of these attractions are only a 10-minute walk away.

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In addition to these popular sites, tourists can also visit the famous Cloud Gate (known as The Bean), see a comedy show at Second City, or tour some of the city’s local breweries.

For more information about the hotel, visit the Hotel Essex website or follow them on Instagram.