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Old 04-17-2013, 02:41 AM
 
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Hello guys,

I am going to spend 2 weeks in Chicago at beginning of June. I will have to get to Gold Coast/Near North Side few times but since hotels are crazy expensive there I was thinking that I could stay in some hotel in suburbs because they are much cheaper there. The questions is which suburb would you recommend me? I see that there is a lot of nice hotels with kitchenette around Ohare airport and also around Des Plaines but I am afraid that there is nothing around. I would like to stay in some area which is nice and has nice little downtown with some shops for example Trader Joe's etc. Do you have any tips for me?

Thank you very much

Mike

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Old 04-17-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Try https://www.airbnb.com/ I don't think you'll find what you're looking for in the suburbs. Those areas with all the hotels you mention aren't very walkable.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:57 AM
 
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Technically you could cob together a wacky commute from LaGrange or Brookfield where there are some iffy motels that one could walk / catch a bus to the Metra station but honestly the potential savings is not that tremendous and the delays / limited service of the suburban bus service would really cut into you ability to enjoy a two stay.


I would explore the option of the hostels in Chicago which are gnerally excellent though not geared toward traditional business travelers. I have no experience with airbnb but the online feedback is extremely mixed....
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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I think you should stay in the city. Chicago has lots of hotels. The downtown area is the best area to stay for a tourist because 90% of what a tourist wants to do is in/near the downtown area. If those hotels are truly too expensive then widen the search outside of the downtown/loop area or choose cheaper hotels. In terms of eating it could be cheaper to eat at a restaurant than pay all that extra per day for a kitchenette for such a short period of time and finding the foods and spices you like to eat could be harder(i.e. different country) not to mention how do you plan to cook unless you are lugging pots and pans.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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I would look a little closer on websites for deals near downtown/Gold Coast. You do not want to stay way out in the burbs, it is very boring and laborious to get to. Try travel sites like Kayak or Travelocity. There are some cheaper and smaller hotels further away from the lakefront.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:30 PM
 
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Thank you for your opinions guys. The reason why I am asking is that during my 2 weeks stay I will have to go to downtown only 4xtimes and that is it. So I still think some nice suburb would be the best.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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If it was just boring I might shrug and say "go for it" but the fact is that there are no signficant saving / convenience to be had.

Seriously.

If you tried to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare it is a solid mile away from downtown DesPlaines and though there is usable Metra service from downtown DesPlaines to the Loop you would be spending $149 for the "privledge" of being on very unpedestrian friendly stetch of road ...

In Rosemont there is a Sheraton that is $135 and it sort of walkable to the "O'Hare Transfer Station" but there is VERY limitied service on that Metra line and you'd need to take the goofy O'Hare circulator to get over to the Blue Line. Not very time efficient.

It you don't mind walking through the "mother of all parking lots" to get from the huge Hyatt Regency O'Hare to the River Rd / Rosemont Blue Line stop a night there will set you back $199...

There is a Holiday Inn at Cumberland that is supposedly cheaper and closer to the Blue Line but it is one of the worst reviewed hotels in the whole areas...
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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Try the Wright Inn in Oak Park; we stayed there in a very small room that had a small microwave and refrigerator and the price was very good. If staying for 2 weeks ask for a weekly rate. The green-line el train that takes you right to the Loop is only 2 blocks away from this hotel. A lot of things to see in Oak Park. Good luck!

Bronte

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Old 04-18-2013, 01:30 AM
 
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Thank you all. By the way what would be the typical cab rate for: Ohare airport to Near North Side?
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:01 AM
 
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Sorry, I have the wrong name for the hotel. Should be Write Inn in Oak Park and we stayed in a Pullman room. Check their web site and ask for a weekly rate. The hotel is charming and a good value. Have you been in Chicago before or know the area?

The blue-line el train goes to the airport and runs 24 hours a day. The fare is higher getting on at the airport, I now believe. I don't live in Chicago and visited a couple of years ago.

Bronte

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