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Weekend breaks to the beach are bliss, lying in the sand with the sea at your feet and the blue sky above with your cell phone switched off and a 4-pack of beer in a cooler. But what if you live near the beach? Or perhaps you just hate the sting of sea water in your eyes and sand stuck up your swim suit. City breaks are likely to be less relaxing, but yo, at least there's stuff to do!

If you've never been to Chicago, make a date. This city's one of summer's finest, and a perfect place to bring your lady for some action. Coffee in cafes, food in some of the country's best restaurants, and strolls through the park will score you some serious points.

You'll need a hotel too, and we've found the sweetest. Located right in the midst of all the action, the Elysian is one of America's best. With luxury amenities for miles, this superb hot spot is giving a little extra. Until Labor Day this summer they are offering an exclusive Marc Jacobs package that might just bring your chick to tears. To mark the opening of Chicago's first Marc Jacobs store, all guests will receive a Marc Jacobs tote, a limited edition Marc Jacobs towel, and complimentary breakfast in bed. Seems you might not see much of the second city after all.

elysianhotels.com.