Your Assistant Is a Rock Star

Need we remind you that Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day?

Wednesday, April 22 is Administrative Professionals Day, part of Adminstrative Professionals Week, which lasts from Sunday, April 19 through Saturday, April 25. It's a great time to recognize all that support staffs do every day, so this year, go beyond flowers and a card with lunch reservations or even a spa appointment as a big thank you.

Special lunch options abound on Administrative Professionals Day, so make some reservations (and put it in your calendar) now. River North's La Madia offers a convenient location and a variety of filling lunch combos, plus all administrative professionals will receive complimentary chocolate truffles on their big day. Menu items include the "La Madia Luncheon," offering any first course along with any pizza and housemade butter cookies ($15), the "Lazy La Madia Luncheon," which is the same dishes but with two glasses of paired wine ($25), and a soup, salad and sandwich combo ($9). 

You can get lunch plus a gift at Evanston's Koi restaurant, which will offer bosses who take their assistants to lunch on Administrative Professionals Day $20 dining certificates for their staff to use on their next visit. Koi has a large menu of Chinese dishes and sushi selections, perfect for a light yet satisfying lunch. Call Koi sister restaurant Chen's at 773-549-9100 to make reservations, and mention this special offer to receive your certificate. 

South Loop worker bees can head to the charming Gioco for the restaurant's new lunch prix-fixe offering. For $14.95, you can choose a first course of either soup, a mixed greens salad or a Caesar salad, a pasta (such as mushroom ravioli or tortelloni with spinach and ricotta) or panini (like chicken with pesto or prosciutto and mozzarella) for an entree, and a dessert of either sorbet, a chocolate tort or creme brulee.

Or, if you're really looking to show your appreciation, a luxurious spa treatment goes a long way. The Spa at Trump at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is offering specially priced gift certificates for packages or for any a la carte service or dollar amount. Choose from the "You Deserve a Spa Day" package, including a 90-minute massage, 15-minute skin consultation, a $25 retail credit for use in the gift shop and complimentary use of the health club, group exercise classes and locker room amenities ($198, available only from April 20-24); or the "You Deserve a Day of Wellness" package, which features a 60-minute personal training session, 30-minute Polar Body Age Health assessment, $25 retail credit and use of the health club, exercise classes and locker room ($175).

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