I’m going on a business trip in about 10 days. I’ve got a meeting in Carol Stream one day, then I’m going to McCormick Place (right downtown) the following day. Since I don’t have to be to McCormick Place until 10 AM, I went ahead a booked a hotel in Carol Stream and thought I’d have plenty of time to casually drive into downtown in the morning.
Then, I remembered that this is Chicago and going downtown at any point before noon is going to be trouble and I am looking at driving 30+miles. I looked at the commuter rail and it doesn’t seem to stop anywhere near where I need to be, so I’m going to have to drive.
My next thought was to simply book a hotel room closer to McCormick place. A quick google of hotels near downtown Chicago came back with tons of hits. I started looking through reviews and I’d find 5* reviews next to 1* reviews for the same place. Darn! Says I! If only I knew of someone with first hand experience in Chicago! Well, I should have a whole wealth of info at the Dope! Anyone got hotel recommendations for me?
I’d prefer not to stay right downtown – but I’m thinking 5-15 miles would be an easy enough drive in the morning.
I’m not paying for the hotel – my company is. But, I’d still like something reasonably priced. Say $100-$150 range.
I’d like wireless internet, since there’s a real good chance that I’m just going to hunker down in my room and not venture out.
I’d really like to stay in a friendly part of town. I don’t want to be insulting, but I know there are places in Chicago that I wouldn’t want to spend the night in. But, as an outsider, I have no idea where exactly that is. So, I’m looking to you guys for some advice.