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Best area to stay in Chicago?

What is the best area to stay in Chicago for about a week or so? Somewhere happening, with lots to see and do, easy to transport to places etc. 


8 Answers

answered by
Tim from Chicago

I'm a big fan of staying really central, like by the river. you can get easily to Michigan Ave, to Millennium Park, the River North area and all the activity nearby. It's more expensive obviously than farther north but so much is close. If you are farther away, the neighborhoods are cool, but the hotel scene is tough to find and you spend a bunch on cabs and the like...

Hotel Monaco maybe? Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel? Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North? plenty of more expensive ones...


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  2. River North (neighborhood)
  3. Hotel Monaco (hotel)
  4. Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel (hotel)
  5. Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North (hotel)
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answered by
Dabs from Chicago

You're going to find the largest concentration of hotels in the River North, Magnificent Mile, and Loop areas.  There are a few hotels/B&Bs in places like Lincoln Park and Wicker Park but you'll have much less to choose from.  On the other hand it will have a more local feel to it.  If I was staying downtown, I'd go for the Mag Mile or River North, lots of restaurants and bars, close to the museums and shopping.  This means a hotel on the Chicago River or north of it.

I will mention though that getting out of downtown will decrease your food and drink bill, I'm always floored at what cocktails downtown cost!  You can still stay downtown and head out to the neighborhoods to drink and eat, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park are both fairly upscale, you will still pay to eat/drink in either one.

If you are thinking about staying in a hostel, there are two that I'd steer you to, the Hostelling International one on Congress and the Chicago Getaway Hostel in Lincoln Park.


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answered by
Lauren from Chicago

I would recommend the Wicker Parkneighborhood if you're looking for somewhere a little more affordable (and a little hipster-y) but still with lots to do and tied to public transport - I'd check out Airbnb for a place to stay. The Damen-O'Hare Blue line stop can get you downtown in no time (and it's the line that comes straight from O'hare airport) and there are fantastic restaurants and bars in this area like Big StarPiece Pizzeria and BreweryViolet HourThe Chop Shop & 1st WardBrobagelAntique Taco, and Birchwood Kitchen and so many others - plus there is a lot of shopping along Damen Ave. It's not exactly in the thick of things but it gives you a taste of what Chicago is like outside of the touristy areas, but it's still super easy to get to all those touristy areas!


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  4. Piece Pizzeria and Brewery (restaurant)
  5. Violet Hour (restaurant)
  6. The Chop Shop & 1st Ward (attraction)
  7. Brobagel (restaurant)
  8. Antique Taco (attraction)
  9. Birchwood Kitchen (restaurant)


answered by
Christa from Chicago

I would recommend staying on the north side of the river. More hotel options, and closer to Michigan ave. If going in the warmer months, the beaches are accessible on the north side of river (Ohio st beach, north Ave beach). 

In terms of food/drinks, downtown is quite expensive; however, there are some places worth it. Bandera is one of my favorites... High quality food and live jazz at night. Ask for a window seat, overlooking Michigan ave.  

W Hubbard St (River North neighborhood), is known for the nightlife. If you like trendy, this and the Gold Coast are perfect options. 

If you want something off the beaten path, check out Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhoods. More eceletic food, music and shopping. Intersection to start at: Damen/North Ave/Milwaukee st


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answered by
Leslie from Minneapolis

I love the Public Chicago Hotel. It use to be the Ambassor East and was purchased by Ian Schrager the hotel mogul. Very hip place. A mix of business and tourists. Lots of international travelers. Great bar. Love the famous Pump Room restaurant which was updated from the old hotel. Rooms have been updated also. Location is the Gold Coast. Residential area but very accessible(walking) to restaurants, retail and Lake Michigan.


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answered by
Rich from Chicago

I would stay in River North or Gold Coast area. Check out cheap rates on Hotels.com or Kayak. These are super close to each other (a matter of streets away).  Easy walking distance to N Michigan Ave and shopping etc. Staying there would be close to the lake, night life in the city center, river for the architectural tours (highly recommended) etc.  Also only a cab ride to Lincoln Park where some of the best bars are. 


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answered first by
ross from Chicago

So many locations. Off N Michigan Ave Bucktown Lincoln Park area. I would stay around Lincoln Park and explore via public transportation.


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answered by
Cheryl from Wisconsin

River North is close to downtown but near good restaurants and shops. Or just search a boutique hotel near Michigan Avenue.


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