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    Chicago trip advice

    Looking for help on a trip to Chi-town from others. Taking the fam to Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. They have some free days on Mon and Tues so we're going to try and get there on those days.

    Hotel-wise anything downtown is EXPENSIVE! Will we hate life it we get a room in the 'burbs and drive in both mornings? Is parking a bear around the museum/aquarium?

    Any other advice?


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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    use priceline and name your own price for a hotel downtown....it is worth it



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    I am not sure about downtown, but when we go to a Cubs game I get a room on priceline out by O'hare for around $45/night. We then just hop on the train and it drops us off a block or so away. I did the driving in Chicago and vowed to never do it again. Might be worth checking into.



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    This weekend will be tough on rooms until Monday evening. The Chicago Marathon is on Sunday



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Topshelf View Post
    This weekend will be tough on rooms until Monday evening. The Chicago Marathon is on Sunday
    Ah frack...here I thought I was picking a good Sunday with the Bears having a bye week.


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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    oh yeah real tough didn't thinka bout that



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    Take the train, saves on parking prices and having to deal with traffic...



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    There is some parking around the museums, a little spendy. There used to be a trolly to take you around the museums, Navy Pier, Sears Tower, etc. Probably better to get a hotel out further and take train as said before.



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    Always, always use priceline...especially in a place like Chicago as you can get some nice 4* places for pretty cheap. It might be tough if there is a huge event going on in town so you might not save as much as you could but on a regular day you can almost get two nights on priceline for the price of one night at the hotels given rate...always use priceline unless you have to stay at a specific hotel in a specific spot. You can always check out some websites people report what hotels are taking what offers so you know where to start your bidding process.



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    If I'm understanding Priceline correctly I bid a price, give my credit card and then they book the closest rate?

    I'm okay spending a bit more to stay downtown. After you figure in parking/train from parking in 'burbs it's closer in $$$. Best case is to find something within walking distance.


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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    Looking for help on a trip to Chi-town from others. Taking the fam to Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. They have some free days on Mon and Tues so we're going to try and get there on those days.

    Hotel-wise anything downtown is EXPENSIVE! Will we hate life it we get a room in the 'burbs and drive in both mornings? Is parking a bear around the museum/aquarium?

    Any other advice?
    If the weather is nice, go to the Brookfield Zoo it's also free on Tuesdays and Thursdays.



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    My advice is skip Chicago and go to Milwaukee instead.



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    My suggestion is to stay in the Northwest burbs area around Ohare,(Schaumburg, Rosemont, Des Plaines, lots of hotels of all prices(I like the Holiday Inn Express there), and ride the blue line down (rosemont park and ride), or catch the Metra in Des Plaines station(24 hour parking by terminal). Tons of eating and shopping options abound in this area and its near Woodfield mall/IKEA too, Harry Carey's is popular if you are a Cub or baseball fan.

    When I worked in Chicago, this is how I went downtown all the time and now living in Wisconsin, we do the same. Blue line will take you into the main Washington terminal, and the Metra goes to the big Union Station(Olgolvie) which is really cool experience the first time.

    Parking downtown is a killer, expensive and will drive you mad if you don't know where to go. Taxis will add up if you have to do long distances, but save a lot of time anyway for enjoying yourself instead of trying to find parking at $25-40 a hit.



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    My advice is skip Chicago and go to Milwaukee instead.
    Yeah, if he wants his kids to have fun at museums and the Shedd Aquarium, he should go to Milwuakee.

    The best advice for Milwaukee is to skip Milwaukee and go to Kenosha.

    Whever you decide to stay in Chicago, utilize public transportation when heading downtown. Metra trains are always cool for kids.



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    Re: Chicago trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneChris View Post
    Yeah, if he wants his kids to have fun at museums and the Shedd Aquarium, he should go to Milwuakee.

    The best advice for Milwaukee is to skip Milwaukee and go to Kenosha.

    Whever you decide to stay in Chicago, utilize public transportation when heading downtown. Metra trains are always cool for kids.
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