Thursday morning I will set out on a 36 hour adventure with the Virgin group which will include time with Virgin America, Virgin Hotels and Sir Richard Branson. I will be a born again Virgin and honorary Virgin guest as I will fully embrace the Virgin Culture to celebrate the grand opening of the Virgin Hotel Chicago!
Mile High Virgin
Losing my Virginity in the morning, I start my adventure at San Francisco International where I will get high with Virgin and fly in style with the most awarded airline in America! Flying the First Class from San Francisco to Chicago in a sleek and sexy red tailed bird, Virgin will get me to Chicago in a mood-lit tube with tons of fancy toys and gadgets for my pleasing! And fear not, if my own high-tech toys run out of juice, I can recharge in my seat or get lost in Virgin Red, the airlines extensive seat back entertainment system!
Getting to know the Biggest Virgins
Shortly after my arrival in Chicago I will rush downtown to the Chicago Loop. Planning to arrive out of breath from my less than 45 minute transfer time and mile high Virgin ride, I’ll be rushed upstairs to meet the mastermind behind it all, Sir Richard Branson! Chilling on the rooftop confabulating with the founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson; and the newest Virgin, Raul Leal CEO Virgin Hotels; I’ll pick their brains about their hotel and the Virgin Empire. Soaking up the eccentric personality that makes up Richard Branson and the Virgin Group I know this time will quickly pass.
Explore Chicago’s largest Virgin
After meeting Mr. Branson, my next engagement will provide me an opportunity to settle into my room and explore Chicago’s largest Virgin! The 250 room, 26 story art deco ex Dearborn bank building has been completely renovated and rebranded. I will have time to explore the hotel, take a ride in the hotel’s curtesy car, a Tesla model S; and see what Chicago’s newest hotel truly has to offer travelers.
As the sun starts to set, the hotel will transition into celebration mode and everyone will party like a Virgin! The hotel closes to the public and the grand opening celebration begins! Each common space of the hotel will transition into a unique venue of its own!
A rundown of the party per the invitation:
Two Zero Three – the euro style coffee bar by day and wine bar by night will become The Chill Zone of the party where a glass of bubbly, vino and stimulating conversation are in order
Miss Ricky’s – The hotel diner will be our Boogie and a Bite. It will be the best place to grab comfort food, boozy milkshakes and relish music from the city that invented “House Music.”
The Commons Club – Virgin Hotels take on a concierge lounge, but open to everyone will offer A surprise at every corner
The Manor – Takes a page from Virgin’s first recording studio, where the vibe was fun, daring and visual. Music by DJ A-Trak and visual by Nick Thomm.
Chamber 402 – The photo op. Get in bed with Sir Richard Branson!
Cerise – Step up to the rooftop and tour the Chicago skyline with DJ Ryan Hemsworth.
Get in bed with Virgin
As the night comes to an end, I will return to my chamber for a night of blissful sleep. I’ll slink into my Virgin bed and explore every crook and cranny reminiscing of the daily activites, thinking about what life was before Virgin! As it’s rare opportunity and blessing to be a Virgin guest; and by this time my Virginity will be officially lost!
Return to Reality – No longer Virgin-esque
In the morning I have to leave the party to hurry home for other obligations. I’ll miss the breakfast buffet and Bloody Mary bar, the perfect hair of the dog; nor will I have time to rehydrate at the 30 minute IV Bar! Instead I will be whisked back to the airport for my four hour Virgin America flight back to California, where I’ll return to reality and only have pictures and memories to share with the world of my 36 hour Virgin Vacation!