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Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

We want to stay just outside the city next time. We'll have a car and don't mind driving in (we know about parking), but want to be able to spend time at a lake or outside at a pool since we'll be with friends who have children. We don't mind renting a house or alternative type of lodging. I know there are public beaches, but friends were thinking of something quieter or with pool. (not so public). Any ideas?

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1. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

Check VRBO for a house rental in Evanston or Wilmette. Both are along Lake Michigan and are served by Metra trains to get you downtown.

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2. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

You might look into Gurnee 5 flags amusement park area. It's all family oriented and somewhere between 1.5 to 3 hrs drive from the city. (Depending on traffic)

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3. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

Is 5 flags an inside joke shallow?

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4. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

No, just fat fingers on an iPhone. SIX Flags Great America. But then again maybe it was a Freudian demerit.

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5. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

If looking for quiet and privacy the water park hotel in Gurnee is not the place. Gurnee is a 50 minute drive to the loop if there is no traffic. I drive it often. Take a look in the Oakbrook area. Many hotels with pools and mostly business travelers so you would have privacy and quiet. If its a weekend you can probably get a good deal as little business on the weekend. The drive in from there is not all that bad either

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6. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

chicago just isnt the place to visit for quiet, why dont you go somewhere else or split the trip? what do you want to do here? as much as you think staying outside the city is ok, the kids wont be happy with that LONG commute

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7. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

Gurnee is too far. We'll look at 40 mins max with a car. We do want to enjoy some of the lake areas/pools but want to have great drinks, dinner options and shopping when needed. Plus, it'll be close enough for a day trip to the waterfront area with the kids and the day of that will have them sleeping on the way back. They are good car travellers. Plus, we'll take babysitting duty one night so our friends can have an adult bar night and vice versa. Additoinally, I'll want to shop!

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8. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

You're not going to find "lake areas" within 40 minutes drive of downtown Chicago unless you mean Lake Michigan. A quick look at VRBO does not show private homes with pools anywhere closer than SW Michigan or Lake Geneva.

I would go along with Oak Brook as a good destination with plenty of hotels, many with outside pools, decent or better restaurants and excellent shopping at Oakbrook Center http://www.oakbrookcenter.com/. Maybe the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's campus? thelodge.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel.html Or possibly (for the kids) the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale thelodge.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel.html - it's just over 40 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes to Woodfield Mall.

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9. Re: Where to stay in the outskirts/outside the city

40 minutes max is still in the city. Why don't you get a nice hotel downtown that has a swanky (indoor) pool and enjoy one of the 18 city beaches? Chicago IS a beach resort city on a great big lake. Check out one of the Suites style hotels in River North. They're popular with families and most have pools and free breakfasts to get your day started.

Edited: 25 May 2013, 23:59
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