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What Chicago area to stay in for a 14-20 hr layover?

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What Chicago area to stay in for a 14-20 hr layover?

We may have a long layover in Chicago. We arrive early afternoon and leave the next morning. What area should I book a hotel in? What is an interesting and safe area in Chicago where we can explore shops, restaurants and entertainment by foot?

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1. Re: What Chicago area to stay in for a 14-20 hr layover?

The Hilton that connects to the airport is very convenient for a morning flight. If you want to stay in and visit a convenient neighborhood, Wicker Park/Bucktown is right on the Blue Line, but lodging options are limited to BnBs and a hostel. Otherwise, stay along the Blue Line downtown, and allow an hour for the train ride back to O'Hare.

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2. Re: What Chicago area to stay in for a 14-20 hr layover?

River north

What day of the week and time is your flight back?

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3. Re: What Chicago area to stay in for a 14-20 hr layover?

i'd say, stay at an airport hotel to eliminate the stress of trying to catch a morning flight from the city... if you can score a deal at the o'hare hilton, go for it, as it's the most convenient of 'em all... first, you're walking distance from the domestic terminals, and people mover if you're going to T-5, and second, the CTA blue line station is practically in the hotel's basement....

take the blue line into the city and plan to mess around much of the day before you head back to the hotel in the evening... if you're coming in the near future, the weather could still be pretty decent for outdoor fun (bike rides, boat tours, zoo etc).... if it'll be during the winter, then plan for some indoorsy stuff.... pick 1 museum and check it out.... hey, where you're from, chicago winter weather should be a cakewalk! that said, maybe check out the downtown ice rink at millennium park and talk a walk along the lakefront......

either way, get a good dinner somewhere and head back to the hotel and get a good nite's sleep.....

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4. Re: What Chicago area to stay in for a 14-20 hr layover?

Your best bet is the Ohare Hilton and then take the L into the loop for a nice meal and a little sightseeing. Get off at Damen if you would like to see a real neighborhood that has excellent food , shopping and entertainment.

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5. Re: What Chicago area to stay in for a 14-20 hr layover?

Airport hotels are nice for the convenience so you are not lugging your luggage around. Stay along the blue line ($5.00 for a ticket to leave O'Hare, otherwise $10.00 for a one day unlimited pass). My favorite wander-around el stops are Division, Damen and Logan Square. Otherwise, head to Washington and explore the Loop area - including the Art Institute and major shopping areas. There are loads of theatres in Chicago - visit http://chicagoplays.com/ to find a show that interests you during your visit. Enjoy!

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6. Re: What Chicago area to stay in for a 14-20 hr layover?

If it were me, I'd stay in Rosemont right by the airport since you don't have that much time. Rosemont has a new entertainment area including a movie theater, casino, and a brand new outlet mall. Also right there is MB Financial Park which has a german restaurant, Greek, Mexican and others. Toby Keiths, bars, bowling, and Zanies comedy club.

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