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Spend the day in the Millennium Park & the Night at The Millennium Knickerbocker

Package Offers Guests Opportunity to Experience Unique Millennium Park and Historic Millennium Knickerbocker

CHICAGO, IL – August 8, 2006 – With Chicago’s Millennium Park fast becoming one of the top travel destinations nationwide, visitors to Chicago can now experience the best of Millennium Park’s hot new architecture and design features along with a stay at one of Chicago’s most historic and prestigious hotels, the Millennium Knickerbocker. The “Millennium Moments” package offers guests overnight accommodations in an elegant Standard room at the Millennium Knickerbocker, a Millennium Park guide with fold-out map and detailed information on all of the park’s unique features, a $25 gift card valid for lunch or dinner at the Park Café, two bottles of Fiji Water or coffee for a brisk walk or relaxing stroll in the Park and evening turndown service with daily weather report to plan your day. Rates for the package begin at $209 plus tax, based on availability. Valid September 5, 2006 through November 24, 2006. For reservations please visit www.millenniumhotels.com or contact 866-866-8086.

Chicago’s award-winning 25-acre Millennium Park showcases the best of the city’s art, music, architecture and landscape design. Visitors can explore must-see features like the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, regarded as the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States, and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture on the AT&T Plaza, (popularly known as “The Bean”) in which visitors can view a reflection of the Chicago skyline. Other highlights include the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the Lurie Garden designed by the team of Kathryn Gustafson, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, as well as one of the largest roof gardens in the world.

Besides the “Millennium Moments” package, the Millennium Knickerbocker is also offering a “Park & Play” and a “Museum of Contemporary Art” package. The “Park & Play” package offers overnight accommodations, complimentary valet parking and evening turndown service with daily weather report. Rates for the package begin at $199 plus tax, based on availability. Valid through December 30, 2006.

The “Museum of Contemporary Art” package includes overnight accommodations and two complimentary VIP admission tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Rates for the package begin at $179 plus tax, subject to availability. Valid September 5, 2006, through December 30, 2006.

About the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

A venerable establishment among Chicago hotels, The Millennium Knickerbocker has a storied and intriguing past. The landmark hotel was constructed in 1927 for a then-staggering amount of $3 million. Millennium Hotels and Resorts purchased the hotel in 2000 and made a substantial investment to preserve this historic building for future generations of Chicagoans and guests. The recent renovation of all 305 guestrooms, in a luxurious European style, maintains the hotel’s timeless elegance while providing state-of-the-art guest accommodations. The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is a four-diamond AAA rated hotel and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The Millennium Knickerbocker celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2002, making it one of the city’s most historic hotels.

Interestingly, during the Prohibition, the hotel’s penthouse, which houses two small ballrooms, served as a casino and a secret doorway leading away from the casino to the floor below was later discovered. Al Capone was rumored to be a frequent visitor to the hotel at that time. In the 1970s, the hotel also served as the Chicago outpost of the rollicking Playboy Towers and Playmate Bar.

The Millennium Knickerbocker today has the feel of a boutique hotel, providing quality and personalized service with the ability to meet modern needs. A contemporary restaurant, NiX, and the Martini Bar located in the lobby means guests can enjoy a meal or cocktail without leaving the comfortable confines of the hotel. The hotel’s 18,000 square feet of meeting space includes the renowned 5,000 square-foot Crystal Ballroom featuring a gilded, 28-foot-high domed ceiling; two Tower Suite meeting rooms on the top floor; eight conference parlors; and an executive boardroom. The hotel is located downtown, just off the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s famous entertainment, shopping and dining district and home to the city’s famous Water Tower landmark. With such a prime location it is no surprise that many luminaries have stayed at the Millennium Knickerbocker including former presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy (under the assumed name of Dave Powers), the Rolling Stones, Muhammad Ali and actress Daryl Hannah, who resided at the hotel as a child.

About Millennium Hotels and Resorts
Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR), established in the United States in 2000, is the North American arm of London-based Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc (MLC). The MHR portfolio includes 19 holdings in The Americas, and the company operates properties including: Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York City; Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York City; Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo, New York; Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles; Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago; Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston; Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis; Millennium Hotel, St. Louis; Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati; Millennium Harvest House, Boulder; Millennium Hotel, Durham; Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage; Millennium Resort, Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch; the Millennium Maxwell House, Nashville; and the Royal Palm Resort, Galapagos Islands. MLC holdings outside of the Millennium brand include the Millenium Hilton Hotel (New York). For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts, call 866-866-8086 or visit www.millenniumhotels.com.

Millennium and Copthorne Hotels comprises 90 four and five star hotels with 24,681 rooms worldwide in 16 countries. Our World of Hospitality marketing alliance partner Maritim Hotels has 45 hotels with 13,069 rooms in 9 countries. For more information please visit www.millenniumhotels.com or www.maritim.com.

PHOTO: The Millennium Knickerbocker Lobby, courtesy of MHR

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