Replies: 13 - Last Post: Feb 26, 2013 5:27 PM Last Post By: smartcookiee
Jan 15, 2013 9:17 PM
Jan 15, 2013 9:28 PM
1Chicago is one city where almost everything is located Downtown. That's where you'll want to be.
Jan 16, 2013 8:28 AM
2You might get more helpful replies if you tell us what your budget is.
Agree that you want to stay downtown if possible, especially if you want to go clubbing. A second choice is around O'Hare Airport, where the hotels are less expensive but you can take the Blue Line into the city. But that is a very distant second choice!
Jan 16, 2013 9:04 AM
3Ohare Airport, are you out of your mind? Taking a train almost 1 hour into the city, and late at night at that? Come on, that is terrible advice, seriously, the huge dynamic and vibrant downtown, with everything in walking distance (albeit Cold), Museums, nightlife, shopping, bars, food scene, and you would tell someone to stay near Ohare, where you cant even get to anywhere but Fast Food? Moon goddess, please, nobody stays at Ohare unless for a convention or meetings in the burbs, they want to enjoy the city, not the suburbs...
The downtown area is comprised of two areas for most the hotels/lodging, downtown, or loop, is near the Museum Campus, Millenium Park, The Bean, Buckingham Fountain and lake front bike and walk paths, Grant Park is a huge area, that in summer is the epicenter of Chicago tourist, with the Art Institute as the center. Nightlife in the downtown, or the loop, is not that great, but a short taxi, train or bus ride you are in the west loop, south loop or River North area, which has bars, clubs and nightlife.
The River North area, which is north of the Chicago River, and the Loop, is the main shopping and hotels area as well, all the boutiques, brand names and all types of hotels from luxury to older classic styles are around here, its has a vast area of nightlife, and also dining/drinking. Most the Jazz clubs are located around River North and just a few blocks from most hotels and the main shopping areas, Andy's a is a great little place as well. Blues Chicago, and also up near Wrigley Field. (Train or taxi or bus)
I would suggest looking on priceline for hotels in either area, though you dont mention a budget, which you really need to say what is in $$ for people to suggest a good place. There is a aslo a great Hostel downtown near the Museum Campus and the Red/Orange Line.
If flying into either airport, you can take public transport to downtown, for $2.25. The 3 day pass for the CTA just went up, but its not bad at the new price.
The hipper and trendy area is Bucktown, which is about a $7 taxi from main River North area, this a more a Chelsea/Soho/Lower East side NY kind os feel, bars, galleries and small boutiques etc...
Wrigley Field area is more college types and also upscale dining, something for everyone, but with just 3 days, the focus for most in winter is the cultural offerings.
Here is a great link for everything going on that weekend, as well another, The Reader, which really is great for live music, its a free paper and can be found everywhere.
I live downtown, so let me know what you need. Dress for very cold and windy weather, if the temps are forecast for 20, deduct another 10 degrees for windchill. Hats, scarf and gloves a must. (even long underwear if taking a walking tour.
Jan 16, 2013 9:10 AM
Jan 16, 2013 10:21 AM
Jan 16, 2013 12:16 PM
6I only suggested it, SoloHobo, because the OP didn't give us any budget to work from. It's a sad fact that the less-expensive accommodations are further out from the city; if the OP can't afford a downtown hotel, moving further out may be their only choice if they're not willing to stay in that hostel. Without any budget information, it's hard to make any specific recommendations.
Jan 16, 2013 1:48 PM
7You can usually get a decent 3-star hotel in Downtown Chicago via Hotwire.com for under $90 per night since there are so many hotels there. Doesn't make sense to stay at O'Hare unless there is a huge convention in town and everything is full which is rare at this time of the year.
Jan 17, 2013 2:14 PM
Jan 17, 2013 2:59 PM
9I agree with smartcookiee--use priceline or the like and it might be possible to snag a $100 room that is in or near downtown. There are plenty of fun neighborhoods to visit--Lakeview, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park--all easily accessible from downtown.
Don't stay near O'Hare.
Jan 17, 2013 3:09 PM
Jan 18, 2013 6:54 PM
11And today the news media is reporting that giant Pest-Contol company Orkin has ranked Chicago as
the leading city in America for cases of Bed Bugs! A dubious honor, indeed. Sometimes you just
don't want to be #1.
Feb 26, 2013 5:18 PM
just looking for suggestions on good places with good beer in downtown, chicago! My boyfriend and I are going to do a road trip to the city in a couple of weeks and we are trying to find some unique places to grab a drink. We are also hoping someone can suggest a place that has a large selection of good beer on tap and not just a place that has an interesting atmosphere..we appreciate good beer and we would appreciate it even more if we could find some in the windy city:)
thanks for the help!
Feb 26, 2013 5:27 PM
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