If you’re stuck in the Windy City on account of the predicted 18” of snow (or if you’re avoiding being stuck somewhere not as cozy as a hotel), the Chicago-area Kimpton properties, the Hotel Allegro, Hotel Burnham, Hotel Monaco, and Hotel Palomar just announced a $99 “Stranded in the City” rate that is in effect from Tuesday through Friday. Just use the booking code 'COLD' when you’re booking a room online or over the phone.

While it’s hard to choose between the four stylish siblings, I’d opt for the Burnham, ensconced in the historic 1894 Reliance Building, partly for its charming city-of-big-shoulders-style architecture and partly for great reviews of the hotel restaurant, the Atwood Cafe. After all, this isn't some Jack London tale of survival in the Yukon: you may as well be snowbound with a good chef.

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