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Where to Stay in Chicago

Accommodations in Chicago range from inexpensive hostels to airport hotels to luxury suites for those in the "Loop." When deciding where to spend the night, it really depends on how you plan to see the Windy City. Business travelers look to the hotels around O'Hare International Airport for a convenient night's sleep, vacationers visiting Chicago are usually drawn to hotels closer to the city's famous Loop and young, hip sightseers can grab a cot at a hostel for around $20 a night.

It doesn't matter if you're in town for a convention, a business meeting or a family vacation, you can expect Chicago to welcome you with open arms. One of America’s most storied cities, Chicago has the accommodations you need to make your visit to the Windy City a memorable one. If you need help deciding where to stay in Chicago, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Staying in Chicago -- The Airport Hotels


Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States, and it's perfectly situated between New York City and Los Angeles. Its location and stature are two reasons so many businesses use the Windy City as their primary meeting place. The hotels near O'Hare International Airport are usually favored by these visitors who are looking for easy access to the city and the airport.

The Quality Inn O'Hare Airport is only two miles from the airport and offers quality accommodations that are essential for those looking for how to do Chicago on a budget. With all of the amenities necessary for the business-related guest, the recently renovated Quality Inn offers comfort and convenience for only around $79 a night. There's also a shuttle to the airport leaving every 30 minutes.

If you prefer a little more luxury during your business trip and your boss doesn't mind, grab a room at the Four Points by Sheraton. The warm, comfortable rooms are matched only by the level of attentiveness each guest enjoys. Four Points is close to O'Hare and has everything necessary to ease away the tension from being in an airplane for a few hours. From the heated indoor pool to the complimentary cocktails and appetizers served by fireside, you can expect the best for only around $155 a night at this Chicago hotel.

For complete business traveler indulgence, The Westin O'Hare is the answer. Conveniently located just minutes from the airport, the Westin is the epitome of class and comfort. At $329 per night, your wish is the Westin's demand. Each of the 525 rooms offer the opulence you require for your business trip to Chicago to be one that you'll remember for a lifetime. The Westin is close to many of the city's main convention centers, famous theaters and the "El" for a trip downtown.

Staying in Chicago -- The Loop/Downtown Area

The Loop is the heart of Chicago. From the Sears Tower to the Magnificent Mile, if you want to experience the best of the Windy City, then you need to be in the Loop. The festivals and events in Grant Park, the famous Chicago Theater and the Art Institute of Chicago are all in close proximity to these hotels. While finding an affordable hotel in Chicago might not land you in the center of downtown, there is still a chance to get that close to the action while not breaking your budget.

The Congress Plaza Hotel has been a Chicago staple since it opened its doors in 1893. While it's one of the older hotels in the region, it also has the benefits of class and prestige. Enjoy a sumptuous room with a handsome view of the lake for around $129 per night.

With its Art Deco design, the Hotel Allegro offers the visual vibrancy you've come to expect from downtown Chicago. Posh, designer rooms and suites invite you in to a level of comfort you've never imagined. Services and amenities like in-room spa treatments, the delicious cuisine of 312 Chicago and a full-service concierge make the Hotel Allegro one of downtown Chicago's most popular hotels. Get all this and more for only $209 per night.

For the simple indulgence of it all, the Swissotel Chicago is more than capable. One of Chicago's finest hotels, the Swissotel offers the convenience of being close to the Loop, the Magnificent Mile and many of the Windy City's other fabulous attractions along with the supreme opulence you can only get at a four-Star hotel. Fine appointments, lush surroundings and the ultimate in leisure and comfort combine for a truly memorable stay in one of the nation's top cities. With 632 spacious rooms, finding a room with a view is no problem for $339 per night.

Booking Your Stay in Chicago

These places are only a small selection of some of the world-class hotels you’ll find in Chicago. With so many hotels to choose from, you can easily compare rates and package deals in order to secure the best price for your visit. Check online and look for specific package deals for the hotel and the attractions you wish to experience, from sporting events to Chicago theater tickets. By reserving early, and making it a package deal, you can save some significant money. You can use this extra cash elsewhere on your visit to Chicago, like enjoying some deep-dish pizza!

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