Re: good places to stay in Chicago?

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    Apr 21, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    Hey I was wondering if anyone here has suggestions for nice hostels or hotels in the Chicago area, something that's close to Soldier Field...or at least a short taxi/bus ride away from it. I'll be there for U2's show in September.

    So does anyone have any suggestions, like places they had a good experience at? I'd appreciate any suggestions ya'll can give. (LOL and I'm a student, so while it's great to know what 5 star attractions there are, it'd be more useful to know something a little cheaper)
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    Apr 21, 2009 11:03 AM GMT
    Last time I was in Chicago I stayed at the China Town Hotel, small place.. it was very inexpensive and a little run down but it's in the middle of china town which is a kind of cool place to stay ,also the red line station is like a block away so it's easy to access the public transportation and get anywhere from there.
    I'm not super picky when it comes to hotels, so as long as it has a decent bed and a hot shower I'm good.

    Nicest place I stayed was the Club Quarters Hotel in the Loop area, easy walk to the museums and Millenium Park
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    Apr 21, 2009 12:21 PM GMT
    Try bidding on priceline for the Loop/Grant-Millennium and/or Michigan Ave. zones. You should be able to score a nice hotel for $40-$60 without a lot of trouble.
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    Apr 21, 2009 12:45 PM GMT
    I'm going to Chicago for the first time next month. We're staying at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile.

    I am going to send us off on a tangent. I will be there for about 6 days and I am a total foodie. I need restaurant recommendations. I like all foods, so bring it on!
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    Apr 21, 2009 1:14 PM GMT
    I ADORE Chicago, will be there in two weeks (again) with friends (three of which have never really gone before)

    We always stay at the Sheraton Suites near the airport - it's a bit far away from downtown but it is a GORGEOUS hotel and it's nice to be able to get away from the hustle of the city to relax whenever we've had enough of the crowds.

    Free shuttle to the airport + subway, so easy access to the city too
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    Trouble with the area around Soldier Field is that it's going to be pricey no matter where you go in that area. Here's an idea to consider... there is a Ramada Inn in Hyde Park just off of Lake Shore Drive that's not to far from the #6 bus line. That goes right from Hyde Park to downtown by way of the Museum Campus and Soldier Field. Might be worth thinking about.
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    Last time I was in Chicago, I stayed at Sofitel Water Tower and absolutely loved it. Very modern, great location, etc... They had some amazing special on their website that made it affordable too.

    Amazingly comfortable beds and stunning bathrooms!! icon_smile.gif

    http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-2993-sofitel-chicago-water-tower/index.shtml
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:38 PM GMT
    I'm going there a week from tomorrow for my first board exam, staying at the Marriott by O'Hare...will need to unwind after the test. Any suggestions of places to go/things to do???
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    Apr 21, 2009 3:02 PM GMT
    nysexy saidI'm going there a week from tomorrow for my first board exam, staying at the Marriott by O'Hare...will need to unwind after the test. Any suggestions of places to go/things to do???


    O'Hare is actually quite a distance away from Chicago and the loop area. There really isn't much to do out that way.

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    Apr 21, 2009 3:04 PM GMT
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    nysexy saidI'm going there a week from tomorrow for my first board exam, staying at the Marriott by O'Hare...will need to unwind after the test. Any suggestions of places to go/things to do???


    O'Hare is actually quite a distance away from Chicago and the loop area. There really isn't much to do out that way.



    very very true, but it's a straight shot to downtown Chicago on the Blue Line.
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    Apr 21, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
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    MrJames said
    nysexy saidI'm going there a week from tomorrow for my first board exam, staying at the Marriott by O'Hare...will need to unwind after the test. Any suggestions of places to go/things to do???


    O'Hare is actually quite a distance away from Chicago and the loop area. There really isn't much to do out that way.



    very very true, but it's a straight shot to downtown Chicago on the Blue Line.


    Yep, as posted above this is the route i take - it's not too bad and to be honest the ride down is quite relaxing - both ways. So you can still reach chicago no problem from O'Hare
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    Apr 21, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    danielryan saidI'm going to Chicago for the first time next month. We're staying at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile.

    I am going to send us off on a tangent. I will be there for about 6 days and I am a total foodie. I need restaurant recommendations. I like all foods, so bring it on!


    I spend a lot of time in Chicago and I would recommend Blackbird on Randolph if you are a foodie .http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/


    as for lodging, I like the priceline recommendation and you can try hotwire.
    ALWAYS start out bidding on a 4 star with a low bid and you might be surprised. I have stayed in a lot of four star hotels for under 60 bucks this way.
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    Apr 21, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    halltd saidLast time I was in Chicago, I stayed at Sofitel Water Tower and absolutely loved it. Very modern, great location, etc... They had some amazing special on their website that made it affordable too.

    Amazingly comfortable beds and stunning bathrooms!! icon_smile.gif

    http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-2993-sofitel-chicago-water-tower/index.shtml


    I'm new to Chicago, but have also stayed at the Sofitel Water Tower...amazing hotel. Also stayed at Suissotel and it was beautiful, as well.

    There is a Best Western (Hawthorne Terrace) that is in Lakeview and is very convenient to Boystown. Not a bad price, imo.

    I'm still learning restaraunts, so this post will help me too!
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    Apr 21, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    Cool. Thanks a ton for your input guys! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 21, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    Along with hundreds of other Gay Volleyball players, I will be there over Mem day weekend to compete in our NAGVA National Championships.
    Some of my teammmates and I are staying at the
    Central Loop Hotel - www.centralloophotel.com
    111 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60603.

    It is great place right on the bus line, has internet access and other amenities we need. Not expensive either.
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    Apr 21, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    I have only passed through Chicago a few times, never actually staying over. I would highly recommend using Priceline Name your own price for your hotel. You can get unbelievable deals, even better than I would get as an employee of Marriott International. I would bid for a 4-star hotel at about 60-70 bucks and you should get it.

    Based on what friends have mentioned from their travels, I would recommend The Blackstone (a Renaissance hotel)

    Good luck and have fun icon_biggrin.gif
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Apr 21, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    I stayed at the Amalfi hotel, and I was very impressed with the service. They clean up your room twice a day, offer complimentary breakfast, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon everyday.
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    Apr 21, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    mnjock2003 said
    danielryan saidI'm going to Chicago for the first time next month. We're staying at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile.

    I am going to send us off on a tangent. I will be there for about 6 days and I am a total foodie. I need restaurant recommendations. I like all foods, so bring it on!


    I spend a lot of time in Chicago and I would recommend Blackbird on Randolph if you are a foodie .http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/


    as for lodging, I like the priceline recommendation and you can try hotwire.
    ALWAYS start out bidding on a 4 star with a low bid and you might be surprised. I have stayed in a lot of four star hotels for under 60 bucks this way.



    Thanks bud!
  • Freddo

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    Apr 22, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    I live in the Chicago area, but I have a lot of family here so when I visited here as a kid, I stayed at a relatives house. I live in Rolling Meadows, which has a lotta cheap motels. I also live next to the Metra station, which takes you to the City for cheap (and a mile away from Woodfield... the largest mall in the area). The NW suburbs is a good place to stay for cheap