It’s been a while since I’ve been at Great [del]Mistakes[/del] Lakes, but I’m still familiar with the geography.
Chicago, being a fairly large city, has an extensive mass transit system. I would strongly recommend staying somewhere along the Union Pacific/North Line, then taking the train to the base. There is a stop in North Chicago that serves the base, and while there may be some walking, it sure as hell beats finding parking and sitting in traffic. I can’t give recommendations as to hotels, but I’m sure a Chicagoan will be along shortly for that. Keep in mind, too, that the farther from the base you are, the easier it will be to find a hotel room.
In terms of attractions, my favorites were the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum, but I’m just geeky that way. There’s tons upon tons of stuff to do. A lot of it also depends on the weather. Keep in mind, too, that your graduate may have geographic restrictions, and that you will want to find out what those are.
Good luck to your graduate!
Former SN MsRobyn
Washout, Electronics Technician “A” School
Great [del]Mistakes[/del] Lakes 1991-1992