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a VirtualTourist member from Long Island asked on Sep 20, 2014

Chicago

How many days?

I have actually, 2 questions.
First, how many days? I am thinking a week (6 nights).
Second, has anyone stayed at Getaway Chicago Hostelry? I can get a private room for about $72 a night. Are the beds comfortable and is it noisy?



18 Answers


answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Naperville

1) I'm assuming you are asking, how many days should you visit Chicago. Certainly in 6 days you will see most of what a typical tourist sees. Let us know a bit about your interest and what you like to do and what you would like to see. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, but am a co-organizer of the Chicago Street Photography group in Chicago and get down to the city about every other weekend. If you want to explore some unique areas, let me know.

2) I've never stayed at the Gateway, so hopefully somebody else will have an answer for you.




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

An FLW day, cruise on the lake, Shed Aquarium, several museums.




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Marina

When are you coming? $72 per night seems really high for this time of year for a private room at a hostel, when tourists are starting to drop off. You can often get hotel rooms for about that in the off-season, sometimes through opaque sites like Hotwire and Priceline. I went in mid-April, and got the Doubletree in River North for something like $60 per night through Hotwire.
You could also try AirBnB. That would put you in a less touristy area, which you may enjoy.

6 days should give you time to do both the tourist things (Shedd, Field, Art Institute, Navy Pier, etc.) and explore the neighborhoods outside of the Loop and typical tourist areas.




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

Oh, not this year at all. The price given was for next year and, the place itself is listed as 3 star, so its a notch or 2 above your average hostel. And its within walking distance of the Lincoln Park Zoo.




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

Isn't Hotwire known for last minute bookings? April is off season also, as in NY where I am. I'll be going in September most likely, which is still tourist season, but things will surly be quieting down.




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Sheboygan

I recently went for 4 days (arrived mid Saturday and left Tuesday afternoon). We went to Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry, Field Museum, Michigan Ave (Magnificent Mile) and Willis tower. It was very a packed vacation with a ton of walking, maybe a bit too much crammed in. We wanted to go to the planetarium but were just too tired. Consider where you are staying and how you are getting around and factor in your travel time.




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

Public transportation of course and taxis when and if needed.




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Marina

September 2015? If so, then you're booking too early. You'll get better deals if you wait a few months, unless this is for a major event.




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Naperville

What is an FLW day?




answered on 9/20/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

FLW is Frank Lloyd Wright abbreviated. : )
As for booking, I usually book 6-8 months in advance. But I do need to get an idea of rates once I am ready. Besides, hotels, etc unlike airlines have a set listing of rates by season. They don't change by day or month.




answered on 9/21/14 by
a VT member from Chicago

I've read good things about that hostel and Lincoln Park is very nice, just be aware that you will have to take a bus or el to get to any of the museums or attractions in the downtown area. The only couple of attractions you might be able to walk to would be the zoo and maybe the History Museum.

Hotwire and Priceline are much more effective closer to travel dates, hotels use them to dump excess inventory and they wouldn't be doing that a year in advance. They are also 100% noncancellable so I would never book them a year in advance even if they did work.




answered on 9/21/14 by
a VT member from Chicago

Oh and 6 days seems like a nice amount of time to see most of the major attractions and have a little time leftover for seeing some of the off the beaten path sights.




answered on 9/21/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

I always book with Booking.com. Unlike a lot of the other sites (Travelocity, Hotels.com, etc), with the former, you don't have to pay up front. You either pay when you arrive or when u check out. Also, cancellation is 100% doable. So very unlikely I would book with Hotwire or Priceline.
Its always a good idea to be able to cancel if something comes up and not be penalized over it.




answered on 9/21/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

Hi Dabs. I would be using public transportation and taxis as I had mentioned previously.

That hostel btw, thats only an option. Trying to find out if anyone has stayed there.




answered on 9/21/14 by
a VT member from Chicago

All kinds of reviews here

[original link]

Some people like to be able to get up and walk everywhere, I just wanted to point out that you would have to take a bus or el to get around. Chicago has 8 blocks to a mile, the hostel is just north of Fullerton which is 2400 North, the Museum Campus is 1200 South, so it's 4 1/2-5 miles to get to the Shedd, Field or Adler, Google maps says it takes 42 minutes on public transport. So if you're OK with that, then it looks like a good option

The CTA has passes that are good for a week, you'd want to get one of those when you get to O'Hare or Midway, they don't sell them at all of the stations. And it's good for transit from the airport to your hotel




answered on 9/21/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

I was actually looking for anyone in VT who may have stayed there.

Google Maps btw, I have learned is not always accurate.




answered on 9/21/14 by
a VT member from Chicago

Google maps is usually the times under the best of circumstances, I used it for my recent trip to Wales/England and it always took me longer than the stated times. I used to live in Lincoln Park ages ago, I'd say 40+ minutes by transit isn't off the mark between getting to the station and waiting time.

There are no reviews on VT for the hostel, fortunately VT also links you to Trip Advisor so you can see the 423 reviews from people on there :-)

[original VT link]




answered on 9/21/14 by
a VT member from Long Island

Too bad. I was hoping someone I know had stayed there. The reviews on hotels in Trip Advisor are frequently too varied and thus more difficult to make a decision by. Also, if someone here stayed, I can straight out ask that person what he/she thought.

I usually don't stay in hostels, but even though this establishment is a notch above what one would normally expect, it still is none the less, a hostel. lol. I was drawn to it for the low rate, which was even lower than some of the big hotel chains.

I said what I did about Google Maps as one time we used it, it said 45 minutes. It actually took 10 minutes less. of course you have to factor in lights, traffic and the such.





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