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1. Posted by valmo (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

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Hi all!! I'm new and i hope someone can help me...
I'm planning a trip to USA this august, and i have a couple of questions about this 2 cities.

I will arrive in Chicago on 29th July, and i'll have 5 days to see the city...i wandering if an hotel in Franklin park is too far from the loop and city center, and if the public transport (bus and/or metra) are good and hope 24h/day service?

Same question for new york. I've found a cheap and nice hotel in Union City (NJ), same question as Chicago. It's too far from manhattan or is well served by subway/bus (24h)?

I don't mind if i have to take 20/30 minutes to get the center of both city...or at least walk a bit to reach the subway/metra station.

Thank you so much!!
and sorry for my english....

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

Union City is very close to Manhattan, but is not served by a subway. It is served by NJ Transit into New York (http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo).

From Union City, you can catch the bus into Manhattan (To the Port Authority bus depot). Fare is $2.25. There are a few different routes, the trip planner will help out on the website above. Buses do not, however, run 24 hours a day. If you want 24 hour access to NYC, check out something in Newark or Jersey City on the PATH line (http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/path/html/), which runs 24 hours and is a train directly into Manhattan.

Greg

[ Edit: Edited on May 26, 2008, at 12:14 PM by GregW ]

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

Lincoln Park is an excellent location for Chicago - I stayed there myself once. I either walked to the Loop, took the elevated train or bus (Lincoln Park is a nice middle class residential hood).

I also lived in New Jersey for high school years, but don't recommend that you stay there. Look for someplace in Brooklyn - a very interesting area with good ethnic neighborhoods/food and good subway transportation.

[ Edit: Edited on May 26, 2008, at 12:52 PM by Daawgon ]

4. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

As far as Chicago goes, it depends on exactly where you are staying, but there's probably something close-ish. There are the Metra Milwaukee District West Line to Elgin and Big Timber Rd or the Metra North Central Line to Antioch that both go through/near the general area. The Metra is meant mostly for commuters and these lines will take you to Union Station, which is centrally located. However, the each Metra line only has one stop with in the central Chicago area, as opposed the the "El"/regular metro which has various stops downtown. It is also possible that you could catch the "El" Blue Line from your hotel, but this may be a bit of a walk depending on where exactly the hotel is located. If you know the hotel address you can go to http://tripsweb.rtachicago.com/ Enter the address in the first selection and pick a downtown landmark (say the Art Institute or Sears Tower) for the second one. This will help you to find out what to use and how far a walk it will be from your hotel. Cheers!

5. Posted by valmo (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Thank you all for thequick answer!!
I'll make treasure of it!!

'cause i asked also to italian people that went to usa for holidays, but i noticed that they prefer to spent 150/200$/night for hotels in central place than book a cheaper hotels and walk a bit..

6. Posted by valmo (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

i've found this 2 hotel...
For Chicago i've found Motel6 at this address "9408 West Lawrence Avenue" (googlemaps says that the El station is 1,5 miles away). Someone know how is the motel6? Are them fine?

For NY i've found Howard johnson Inn, Queens.
I think that is a good place....i hope...

7. Posted by malmn (Full Member 45 posts) 8y

http://www.hotel17ny.com/

For the price, Hotel 17 is great!! It's clean and very well located. It's in Manhattan and I think it's near the Union Square subway station.

8. Posted by lwboykin (Inactive 9 posts) 8y

Have you considered staying in a hostel, instead of a hotel? If you can deal with a dormitory room and sharing a bathroom, then I would suggest The Chelsea International Hostel in Manhattan. It's about $32 a night, and centrally located in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. You will be close to everything, and if there is something that you can't walk to, the subway station is very close by. Also, they have door to door shuttle service from both airports for a small fee. I have twelve friends from college who live in New York and I normally stay with one of them, however, the last time I was in the city, everyone had gone out of town, so I stayed there. It was very clean, and secure. I would stay there again if I needed to.

9. Posted by lschofield (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

http://www.congressplazahotel.com/

This is a median-priced hotel very centrally located. My sister-in-law stayed at it with no complaints and chose it because of the proximity to the Loop and downtown attractions, low price of rooms and the fact that its right around the corner from the 'blue line' (central to Chicago public transport). You can easily walk to most of the main attractions from this location though.

Also, don't count out taxis for transport in Chicago. They are very inexpensive and can often get you around quicker than the train or bus.

10. Posted by lschofield (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Quoting valmo

i've found this 2 hotel...
For Chicago i've found Motel6 at this address "9408 West Lawrence Avenue" (googlemaps says that the El station is 1,5 miles away). Someone know how is the motel6? Are them fine?

For NY i've found Howard johnson Inn, Queens.
I think that is a good place....i hope...

9408 west lawrence is VERY far from anything downtown. You'd be getting a taxi to the 'blue line' and then planning on an hour's train ride to get downtown. Motel6 is fine and the Schiller Park neighborhood where this is located is very safe, but it is residential and there is NOTHING going on there. Feel free to send me any messages and I'll give you recommendations based on what your itinerary / budget are.