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1. Posted by chezzamite (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Looking for a hotel in Chicago around the downtown/loop area for 3 people. Anyone got any suggestions? But very good value is a must as this is part of a long trip but only in Chicago for 5 days!
Also any ideas of where to go and what to see would be appreciated!


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2. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Personally, I would use kayak, orbitz, expedia, or something like that to look for hotels and see what the best deals are. Usually you can limit it by specific area as well. As far as things to do in Chicago my #1 would be the Art Institute there. I love it! They just have a good mix of things and often have a good amount of Cezanne up, which makes me happy. Also, I haven't been to the bean, but I hear it's neat. And of course, you need to get some Chicago deep dish pizza - you can't go to Chicago and not:) Hope this helps you out a little.

3. Posted by chezzamite (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks fot the insight, can't wait to try that pizza!

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I can definitely tell you one hotel you do not want to stay in while visiting Chicago - the Travelodge Chicago at 65 West Harrison. Their website photos look quite nice, but what you see versus what you actually get are at opposite ends of the spectrum. We have family in Chicago so we spend Christmas Eve night downtown every year. We normally opt for the Hyatt or Fairmont as they have holiday specials. This past Christmas neither had specials so we opted for the Travelodge. We also were spending 2 nights so thought we'd save some money. Oh my...

The Travelodge used to be the Harrison Hotel which was home to many of Chicago's indigent population. It has been renovated, and maybe some rooms are well done, but not the floor they assigned us. The rooms were small (there were 3 of us), linen cleanliness questionable, stiffling hot with no control (old hot water radiators) and an air conditioner we were afraid to turn on because of the mold growing in it. There was a 19" TV that received 2 channels - only one clearly. The carpet was stained and filthy as were the blankets. The walls were paper-thin. The "modern" elevator rattled and dropped a bit before moving upward. The other was an old hand-crank one - might have been safer in the long run... We weren't looking for upscale accommodations, just somewhere to sleep that was clean. The Travelodge was not it.

On the upside - yes, there's an upside - here's a listing of several other hotels in the loop area. We have also stayed at the Club Quarters. It is designed for business travelers rather than someone visiting the city. The rooms are very small - you can reach everything without ever getting out of bed. The Faimont and Hyatt are upscale. We have also stayed at the Congress Hotel. It's old but well-kept and a throw-back from the 40s. The room was clean and the windows opened (which I like in a hotel room).

As for things to do and places to go - check out Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. (2121 N. Clark St.), at the top end of Lincoln Park, for a unique take on pizza. For more traditional, I recommend Papa Milano's at 1 East Oak Street. Most visitors end up having pizza at Uno's, Due's or Gino's as they are the most famous. The Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, Natural History Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Millenium Park are all worth seeing. Chicago has a large number of blues clubs that offer great evening entertainment. If you are interested in "seeing and being seen", Rush Street will definitely be the ticket.

Depending on when you visit, there will be several street fairs and festivals in progress. You can find more information about what's happening in the city through the Chicago Reader - it's a free weekly paper.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 6, 2007, at 1:14 PM by Isadora ]

5. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Chessamite head for Chi-town! and would be the two places I would stay. I go to Chicago about 5 times a year, however I stay with family.

Places to go would be similar to Isadora post as far as the places visitors go, museums and all. Science & Ind and the Art Inst are my favorites. Navy Pier and Magnifent Mile of course, however you may want to go a little north to Lincoln Park or Lakeview neighborhood. Here is a good site of just photos that is cool.

Food - heck that is one thing this town knows how to do. Eats are good most places! Top of the John Hancock used to be pricey but no longer and the resturant has great views just in case you want something special.


6. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I just thought of a couple more things. First off, there's an amazing gelato place called Canady's le Chocolatier - they even have canolli stuffed with gelato! They are located on Wabash between 8th and 9th Streets. The other thing is included in The Art Institute. You gotta see Grant Wood's American Gothic - it's a little bit of Americana Have fun on your trip!

7. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


Grab a ticket and go round the city on the train, its really cheap and a good way to get your bearings. It also sits above the road about 2 storeys high, great fun. There are the two towers to go up Sears tower (tallest) and the john hancock observatory both boasting pretty impressive views. I was there for 5 days and loved the place. There was bands playing on all the street corners, saxaphonists busking and free concerts all over, E.R being filmed in my hostel. The city pass is worth it to gets you into 5 huge venues worth taking a look at. Also if your a Blues fan you should check out Buddy Guys blues bar as he sometimes makes an appearnace there and the live music is usually good. Oh yeah and do try the pizza!