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Old 08-02-2017, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Teach me, I went to Chicago last summer and paid $180 for 2 days of parking alone.

should have parked with others
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Teach me, I went to Chicago last summer and paid $180 for 2 days of parking alone.
That's why I take the El while i'm Chicago, and stay in hotels close to O'Hare because they're El train pulls out of there, and they have 24/7 shuttle buses that will pick you up and drop you off back at your hotel.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:22 AM
 
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Teach me, I went to Chicago last summer and paid $180 for 2 days of parking alone.
WHAT?? How is that even possible? Even driving up and parking right under Millennium Park in the heart of downtown for 48 hours would be $44.

Or you could just drive a bit out to the west, south or north and park for free along a street and just walk back to your hotel.

Looking at spothero in dozens of parking garages all around the downtown area the rates for 48 hours vary from $40 to $60.
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Old 08-05-2017, 07:36 PM
 
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my hotel was right smack dab in the middle of everything (maybe that was my first mistake) and I didnt want my car to be too far from where i was staying. I had friends of the family who live there and they offered for me to park there and take the train to the loop but their neighborhood is somewhere I didn't feel comfortable leaving a nicer car, plus i didn't want to be on the train with suitcases. the location was great for convenience but that about it.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:14 PM
 
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Teach me, I went to Chicago last summer and paid $180 for 2 days of parking alone.
That is crazy, $90 a day? I work in the loop and the most expensive parking is $42 a day in a garage that is in the heart of the loop. I hope that they washed your car and shined your shoes as well for that kind of money. If I look hard, I can actually find free street parking the Loop, but patience and knowledge of to look is key; I get that you were a tourist, but really.
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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This thread is about a "road trip."

Fly to CHI from STL? Sure!

Byt why drive to Chicago? No way. Unless you're going to stay in the burbs, require a car to get around and want free parking at the motel driving is a bad option for a weekend get-a-way? A quick flight trip from STL to Chicago is cheap and takes 30 minutes. Catch the Orange line from Midway and you're on State St in the loop within an hour of landing.

Road trip (drive) to Chicago and you deal with:
Tolls
Parking
Traffic
Gas
Time
Airfare from St. Louis to Chicago generally isn't the cheapest. At best you're looking at $200-250 roundtrip. Going from downtown St. Louis to downtown Chicago would be cheaper just in terms of gas money, with a ride on the Amtrak being even cheaper. There's also no tolls on I-55 from the Poplar all the way to its terminus at Lake Shore Dr in Chicago. The only real downsides are time and parking, but even parking can be free if you're staying away from downtown in a neighborhood. If you want to stay downtown and don't want the hassle of worrying about your car, then Amtrak is definitely the way to go.

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How about Branson in the Ozarks for a shorter weekend trip?
The Lake of the Ozarks is a major weekend getaway for people from KCMO and STL alike. Similar to how locals in Chicago might have a lake house someplace like Michigan, many people have lake homes or condos at the Lake of the Ozarks.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Teach me, I went to Chicago last summer and paid $180 for 2 days of parking alone.
https://spothero.com/chicago/downtown-parking
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