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Where to stay in Chicago

If you're a first time visitor to Chicago, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Chicago.

What's the best area of Chicago to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Chicago are: River North, Loop, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Gold Coast, Bucktown, Magnificent Mile, Wrigleyville, South Loop, Streeterville, West Loop, Hyde Park, and Museum Campus.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"Wicker Park offers tons of restaurants and nightlife at a much more reasonable price than River North Neighborhood (aka ballers row)."  See More

"River North Neighborhood especially will have a good mix of bars, lounges, clubs, and everything else in between, with the crowd being a bit more upscale and older (young drunk kids tend to stick up north)."  See More

"You'll want to stay in River North."  See More

"If you want classic, then you should head to Drake Hotel which is right near Lake Shore Drive in River North."  See More

"Wicker Park offers tons of restaurants and nightlife at a much more reasonable price than"  See More

"A couple years ago we stay at the Public Chicago Hotel, in the Gold Coast area."  See More

"Off N Michigan Ave Bucktown Lincoln Park area."  See More

"We walked to Magnificent Mile and Michigan Avenue."  See More

"Just don't do what most out of towners think is cool and spend your nights bar hopping in Wrigleyville."  See More

"See West Loop area - There's definitely some hidden gems there as well."  See More

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. River North
  2. Loop
  3. Lincoln Park
  4. Wicker Park
  5. Gold Coast
  6. Bucktown
  7. Magnificent Mile
  8. Wrigleyville
  9. South Loop
  10. Streeterville
  11. West Loop
  12. Hyde Park
  13. Museum Campus
What are some good hotels in Chicago?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Chicago, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"Quite a few, but somehow The James Chicago Hotel tops the lists for me."  See More

"Another one I like is Hotel Palomar Chicago."  See More

"You can't go wrong with old standbys of Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and The Peninsula Chicago, but great newcomers are Thompson Chicago, Acme Hotel Company Chicago, The James Chicago Hotel, Virgin Hotels Chicago, and Public Chicago Hotel."  See More

"Three Dots and a Dash is a fun Tiki bar nearby, Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago is great and you can go to the rooftop bar at Virgin Hotels Chicago"  See More

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Mentioned in this answer:
  1. The James Chicago Hotel
  2. Hotel Palomar Chicago
  3. Acme Hotel Company Chicago
  4. Virgin Hotels Chicago
  5. Thompson Chicago
What if I want to explore Chicago further?

If you're open to researching even more areas, some suggestions that might be less common but interesting to explore are: Boystown, Rosemont, Countryside, Garfield Park, Uptown, Greektown, Near West Side, and Andersonville.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Boystown
  2. Rosemont
  3. Countryside
  4. Garfield Park
  5. Uptown
  6. Greektown
  7. Near West Side
  8. Andersonville
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

profile  Marie Gibbons from asked:
Where to stay near Soldier Field  (5 answers)

profile  Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Chicago for a first time visitor?  (9 answers)

profile  RB H from asked:
Chicago with Kids- where to stay and what to do?  (6 answers)

profile  Melvese Johnson from Bronx, New York asked:
Looking for things to do in Chicago, IL?  (8 answers)

profile  Kiarna Harvey from Townsville, Queensland asked:
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profile  Kiarna Harvey from Townsville, Queensland asked:
How many days should I spend in Chicago?  (8 answers)

profile  Sara Deal from Hobart, Indiana asked:
Bachelorette Weekend: We need a hotel, spa, bars, and food ideas  (4 answers)

profile  Alex Tu from Los Angeles asked:
What is the best hotel for under $100/night?  (5 answers)

profile  Bianca Sousa from Miami asked:
Hip hotels, eats, shops, and spas for girls' weekend?  (10 answers)

profile  Abe G. from La Jolla asked:
Best neighborhood for a group of 20-something year old guys  (6 answers)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Chicago.

Want to research more popular restaurants in Chicago? Click the blue button below.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
  2. Pequod's Pizza
  3. Girl & the Goat
  4. Big Star
  5. Au Cheval
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in Chicago? Click the blue button below.

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Millennium Park
  2. The Art Institute of Chicago
  3. Shedd Aquarium
  4. Willis Tower
  5. Lincoln Park Zoo
Where can I find out more about Chicago?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Chicago locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Chicago.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into Chicago? There are 2 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in Chicago.

Don't forget to check what most people recommend is the ideal length of time to visit. Read more about how many days in Chicago to stay.

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