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19 June 2004 @ 06:14 pm
Hey, Chicagoans!  

Susan (my wife), Gavi (my 11-year-old daughter), and I are planning to attend an event at Emanuel Congregation (5959 North Sheridan Road) later this summer, and will likely take the opportunity to spend a few extra days in Chicago and poke around. Maybe visit the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field, and, you know, whatever.

We're looking for hotel recommendations. Something reasonably priced — neither luxury-class nor cheap and scary. We'll probably be driving down from the Twin Cities, so we'll need a hotel that has parking (unless it would be smarter to take Amtrak). Would it make more sense to stay in the loop and run out for the event, or stay near the shul and take the L down for exploration? And other similar questions.

Thanks!

Crossposted: Fredcritter, Weirdjews, & Weirdjews2.

 
 
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Lianatezliana on June 19th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
There isn't much hotel-wise that meets your criteria near the shul. Stuff downtown will be pricey. Your best bet is probably the Lakeview neighborhood (near-ish Wrigley Field, search on zip 60657). There's a Best Western at 3434 N. Broadway which is pretty convenient to the el, but I don't have firsthand experience with it, so can't say what it's like inside. chorus stayed at a place a little south of there (Broadway and Diversey?) which was reasonable, decent and fairly convenient to public trans, though the bus is significantly closer than the el. Hopefully she will remember the name, because I'm drawing a blank on that one.

We should meet up for food or something.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on June 21st, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the info!

Yes indeed. Food is good. Meet up is good. We is good. In my book, that's much goodness!

ex_erikvolso370 on June 19th, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)
One of my faves is the Marriot O'Hare (not the Marriot O'Hare Suites.) Despite the name, it's far enough away from the airport to have free parking. It's right on the El -- you walk across the lot, cross the pedestrian bridge, and you're at the Cumberland station.

I've stayed there a few times. It's a solid hotel. I've gotten rates as low as $69/night, all depends on what's booked.

As to your meta-question. A downtown hotel will be more expensive, esp. in the summer, and you can add basically $30 a night to park the car. That alone means you'll probably want to be out of the central city.

Finally -- most of the Chicago attractions are far easier to deal with without a car. The two big exceptions are Brookfield Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. Both require long bus trips, and are much easier to reach by car. The trip to MSI, along Lake Shore Drive, is a nice drive, provided construction doesn't ruin everything.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of Geri's Fredfredcritter on June 21st, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the info, Eric. It should prove useful indeed.
Hey! wait a minute… You aren't a Chicagoan!?

ex_erikvolso370 on June 21st, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC)
Wanna bet? I just don't happen to live there currently. You can take da boy out of da North Side, but jou can't keep him for rooting for de Cubs.

Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on June 21st, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)

Ah, my mistake. I tender my profuse apologies, my good man. Should have spotted it in a New York Chicago minute&hellip

starstraf on June 21st, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
11? When did she get to be 11?
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of Geri's Fredfredcritter on June 21st, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC)

This past December 20. Amazing how they do that, isn't it? Pretty soon she'll be dating and driving… *shudder*

von_kragvon_krag on July 2nd, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
Heh, as a grandpa of 3 I laugh in your direction. I know my oldest grandson Anton (17) is dating and Anna-Marie (15) is also. Sigh! I think Wolf isn't yet, he's 12 but I don't have much hope for that.