Budget Hotels in Chicago
Many people planning to stay in downtown Chicago are looking for cheap hotels right in the city. One of the best options is the Holiday Inn Mart plaza. With a lobby 15 stories up, the entire hotel has a wonderful view of downtown Chicago and easy access to the Merchandise Mart as well as many other downtown locations such as the Magnificent Mile. Other cheaper hotels in Chicago include the Embassy Suites, Red Roof Inn, and Hampton Inn, all of which have downtown locations.
Mid-Range Hotels in Chicago
If your top priority in Chicago is convenience, consider booking a hotel in the Chicago Loop. The downtown Loop district has easily accessible public transportation and many attractions such as the Art Institute and Millennium Park.
Mid-range hotels in the downtown area include the Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown and Silversmith Hotel & Suites. Built in 1897, Silversmith has many gorgeous architectural features as well as a 24-hour fitness center, business center, free Wi-Fi, Ada's Famous Deli & Restaurant, and the 14 Karat Lounge. It is an ideal combination of classic elegance and state of the art technology.
High-End Hotels in Chicago
For those interested in a little European flare, the Swissotel is a great option. With views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, the hotel is known for its international elegance.
Another popular high-end hotel in Chicago is the Drake Hotel. Right off of Oak Street Beach in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the hotel has been a classic choice for Chicago travelers for almost a hundred years. Many famous people have joined in the Drake high tea service over the years, including Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth.
For more high-end hotels in Chicago, check out options along the Magnificent Mile, which is known for its four and five-star hotels. There are also wonderful boutique hotels in the River North and Gold Coast neighborhoods. These hotels provide excellent shopping and nightlife opportunities without the crowd of the downtown.
Chicago is known for its elevated railway system or "El," which consists of eight color-coded lines that provide affordable transportation throughout the city. You can take the Blue Line from O'Hare Airport and the Orange Line from Midway Airport. Both lines will take you right into the downtown. Check the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for schedules, maps, fares, and more.
Another transportation option in Chicago is the bus system. Consider looking for the express routes that you will get you from the downtown to the North Side attractions in 15-20 minutes.
Finally, taxis are an option for further out Chicago locations or any time that you don't want to wait for a train or bus. In warmer months, consider a scenic ride along the Chicago River in a water taxi.