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    Chicago travel/Cubs game

    We are headed to Chicago 7/18-7/20 for a short trip to a Cubs game and etc.

    I'm looking at hotels downtown and all seem to have a $30-$45 parking fee per night. Any tips on hotels downtown or that are easy train access in the suburbs? I don't want to spend over $200/night including parking, if at all possible.

    Any tips on seat location or where to get better tickets for the Cubs game?

    Any other Chicago suggestions? I lived there for an internship in college, so I've done a lot of the regular tourist things (Field, Art, Pier, river tours, etc).

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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    Quote Originally Posted by 4VR4CY View Post
    We are headed to Chicago 7/18-7/20 for a short trip to a Cubs game and etc.

    I'm looking at hotels downtown and all seem to have a $30-$45 parking fee per night. Any tips on hotels downtown or that are easy train access in the suburbs? I don't want to spend over $200/night including parking, if at all possible.

    Any tips on seat location or where to get better tickets for the Cubs game?

    Any other Chicago suggestions? I lived there for an internship in college, so I've done a lot of the regular tourist things (Field, Art, Pier, river tours, etc).

    Thanks!
    I have had good luck staying out by O'Hare and taking the Blue Line into Wrigley. You need to get off at the Addison stop and transfer to a bus, but all in all it is a pretty easy trip. Usually takes about and hour each way.

    I always like sitting in the bleachers, but you have to get there early since it's general admission.



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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    If you want to save money consider taking the Amtrack into Union station. No hassle of driving or parking. Last 2 trips I have stayed downtown at the Hyatt Regency and the River Hotel, both were nice and within a few blocks of the Red Line.


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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    Best blog I've found regarding seating in Wrigley in regards to column locations and view obstructions.

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    I've also sat in various places in that ball park (228, 429, 204, etc.) and 429 may have been the best experience while still maintaining affordability.


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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    Quote Originally Posted by RynoISU View Post
    I have had good luck staying out by O'Hare and taking the Blue Line into Wrigley. You need to get off at the Addison stop and transfer to a bus, but all in all it is a pretty easy trip. Usually takes about and hour each way.

    I always like sitting in the bleachers, but you have to get there early since it's general admission.
    On the Blue Line, you can transfer at Stewart to the Red Line, which stops at Addison right across the street from Wrigley.

    The Cumberland CTA stop has a garage with pretty reasonable rates.


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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    If you can find a place in Evanston you could take the EL into the city. Purple line from Evanston will get you to Belmont, may need to switch to a Brown line from there to the stop closest Wrigley. Been several years since I lived there, so this may have changed, not sure.



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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    I stay downtown and make the Cubs game a secondary attraction. If they get their a#s kicked, what fun is it for you to drive back to some generic suburb??

    If they lose the game, and you go back to some suburb...what fun is that?

    Downtown you'll have a variety of options

    Stay at the Hampton Suites on Illinois. It's near everything--House of Blues, Harry Caray's, ESPNZone, Weber's Grill, Hubbard Street, Michigan Avenue, walking distance to the Navy Pier... and Millinium Park. Tons and tons of things to do.

    Downtown Chicago is the best city in America in the summer
    It's a nondescript hotel that has housed Cubs free agents and rookies--for years. I have seen many players in and out of there.

    There are a couple outdoor lots close to Hampton Suites. Drop off your luggage and park the car. It's less than $30/day.

    Take the train to Wrigley. Piece of cake

    p.s... if this were NYC, then yes...stay outside the city (New Jersey). Who wants to smell urine every other street corner on a 90 degree day?


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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    Quote Originally Posted by Jambalaya View Post
    I stay downtown and make the Cubs game a secondary attraction. If they get their a#s kicked, what fun is it for you to drive back to some generic suburb?? Downtown you'll have a variety of options

    Stay at the Hampton Suites on Illinois. It's near everything--House of Blues, Harry Caray's, ESPNZone, Weber's Grill, Hubbard Street, Michigan Avenue, walking distance to the Navy Pier... and Millinium Park. Tons and tons of things to do.

    Downtown Chicago is the best city in America in the summer
    It's a non-descript hotel that has housed Cubs free agents and rookies--for years. I have seen many players in and out of there.

    There are a couple outdoor lots close by Hampton Suites. Drop off your luggage and park the car. It's less than $30/day.

    Take the train to Wrigley. Piece of cake
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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    Quote Originally Posted by TitanClone View Post
    ESPNZone is gone.
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    . I guess he can get some Super 8 Room in Joliet or O'Hare, and pass the night away with Old Milwaukee Best and his channel changer



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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    Quote Originally Posted by Jambalaya View Post
    I stay downtown and make the Cubs game a secondary attraction. If they get their *** kicked, what fun is it for you to drive back to some generic suburb??

    If they lose the game, and you go back to some suburb...what fun is that?

    Downtown you'll have a variety of options

    Stay at the Hampton Suites on Illinois. It's near everything--House of Blues, Harry Caray's, ESPNZone, Weber's Grill, Hubbard Street, Michigan Avenue, walking distance to the Navy Pier... and Millinium Park. Tons and tons of things to do.

    Downtown Chicago is the best city in America in the summer
    It's a nondescript hotel that has housed Cubs free agents and rookies--for years. I have seen many players in and out of there.

    There are a couple outdoor lots close to Hampton Suites. Drop off your luggage and park the car. It's less than $30/day.

    OR stay at the Hyatt Regency or Sheraton---right where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan. Fabulous location.

    Take the train to Wrigley. Piece of cake

    p.s... if this were NYC, then yes...stay outside the city (New Jersey). Who wants to smell urine every other street corner on a 90 degree day?


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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    I stayed here Downtown Chicago Hotels - BEST WESTERN PLUS River North Hotel - Chicago IL several years ago. It is the only Downtown hotel with FREE parking. Great location - we walked everywhere. Looks like rates start at $159 for your dates. It's certainly not fancy, but it's more than adequate (at least as of 6 years ago).



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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    The last time I went out there I stayed at the Holiday Inn and suites in Rosemont. They had a shuttle to Ohare where you could get on the Blue Line Train. I rode it to the Addison stop and rode the bus to Wrigley. It took about an hour and your train pass and bus pass are the same thing. I got the hotel through Expedia.com and it was about $70/night for 2 people and we each had our own room in the suite. There was a Harry Carry's Italian Steakhouse in the hotel and some other great places within about 10 min of there. If I go this summer, I may take the train from Osceola, but not sure.

    As for tickets, my brother and I went to see the Cubs/Cards and got bleacher tickets through Stub Hub. The bleachers are a blast, but more expensive and it is first come first serve for seats. It is kind of fun chatting with people before gametime, but you better get there early for good seats.



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    I also forgot about the Museum of Science and Technology. It was pretty cool and they had a WWII German U-Boat that you can walk through. It was one captured for the Decoding Machine. If you watch U-571 the movie it is listed as the last one captured (U-505). Just thought that was kind of cool, but a lot of other things to see there too.



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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    Quote Originally Posted by 4VR4CY View Post
    We are headed to Chicago 7/18-7/20 for a short trip to a Cubs game and etc.

    I'm looking at hotels downtown and all seem to have a $30-$45 parking fee per night. Any tips on hotels downtown or that are easy train access in the suburbs? I don't want to spend over $200/night including parking, if at all possible.

    Any tips on seat location or where to get better tickets for the Cubs game?

    Any other Chicago suggestions? I lived there for an internship in college, so I've done a lot of the regular tourist things (Field, Art, Pier, river tours, etc).

    Thanks!

    As some others here have suggested... Don't stay in the suburbs unless you want your trip to be all about a 3 hour game. Summer's a great time to be in this city (assuming you do't catch a flash mob beating...). I would suggest the Whitehall Hotel, considering your preferences. Priceline has it at $120/ night. Its a nice hotel in the gold coast, with tons to do around it and its a 15-20 minute commute via red line to Wrigley. Still probably have to shell out $30 a day to park, but this gets you down to $150 all in.



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    Re: Chicago travel/Cubs game

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    On the Blue Line, you can transfer at Stewart to the Red Line, which stops at Addison right across the street from Wrigley.

    The Cumberland CTA stop has a garage with pretty reasonable rates.
    Don't you mean Jackson? or am I missing something.



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