I fell in love with Chicago when Corey and I took a couples trip with our friends, Gerald and Joi, to attend Taste of Chicago. We visited the Willis Tower, hopped on a boat for a sunset cruise, ate deep-dish pizza and wandered around the city at night. Though it’s the perfect place to visit in the summer (I wouldn’t want to deal with their blistering winter, however!), where you stay in the city is key. I remember that the hotel we booked on our earlier trip was far away from the city, and we had to get on a train to arrive into the city or take a taxi at night to get back to our hotel. For sure, we were trying to save a bit of money, but being close to everything is important to me. Seeing as how I want to visit again (and I have a few friends with celebrations coming up in the city!), I thought I’d research hotels in Chicago that I’d want to stay for our next trip. Here’s what I found:
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The Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel is a boutique hotel in the Lakeview East neighborhood, which is a bit far away from the city, but it’s incredibly close to Wrigley Field should I want to catch a baseball game or the Navy Pier should I want to visit again. The room comes with complimentary breakfast (a plus in my book!) and if I rent a car to visit other parts of Illinois, there’s free parking, too.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago is the perfect mix of affordability and comfort. The hotel recently renovated its rooms to a more modern, art deco look and previous guests have boasted about this place for the staff’s service and the location to restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions nearby.
Starwood Properties are always very stylish, and the Aloft City Center hotel is no exception to this rule. The space is decked out in vibrant colors and contemporary furniture, and the site is in the River North neighborhood, which makes it simple to get around the city quickly.
If I land at the O’Hare International Airport, I could reserve a room at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare hotel. It’s walking distance to the terminal, and some rooms have views of the runway (with sound-proof windows of course). With easy access to the train, I can get to the city in no time. But if I want to relax in the hotel at night, I could because they have two onsite restaurants and a bar. Talk about convenience!
Experiencing luxury during my visit would be effortless if I stayed at the Trump International Hotel. Not only is the building a skyscraper in the city, which allows me to enjoy the gorgeous sights and lights in Chicago, but it is also walking distance to the Magnificient Mile and other attractions. Bonus points: I’m a sucker for Michelin-star restaurants, and Sixteen, the restaurant in the Trump, has two stars!
Where’s your go-to place in Chicago when you visit?
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