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Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

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Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

We are in Chicago on vacation from the UK from 6/14/ to 6/19 this summer.

We arrive on 6/14 from La Guardia and leave on 6/19 to return to the UK. Both flights at O'Hare.

The above hotels are available for this period at a very similar rate. They also have high Trip Advisor ratings.

I would be grateful for any advice from locals as to the pro and cons of each,in order to help us make a final choice!

We will spend most of our time out of the hotel exploring the city. However,we would like to be near public transport to enable us to get to and from O'Hare.

Any advice or guidance would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

The Burnham is in the heart of the Loop (downtown) and is convenient to both the Blue Line (runs to airport) and Red Line (north and south sides close to the lake). This is a business, budget shopping and theater district, and closer to the museums. It will be very busy during the work week and somewhat quieter at night. The hotel is a converted historic building; rooms can be on the smaller side but are nicely finished with many unique touches. The hotel restaurant is quite good.

The Hampton is a fairly new building built for the mid-priced market; comfortable but not outstanding. Many of the rooms are suites, breakfast is free, the Red Line is convenient. It is very close to a fire station, which may have sirens blaring day and night. It is also convenient to Michigan Avenue shopping and River North clubs and restaurants.

Edited: 16 January 2014, 16:28
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The Burnham is a Kimpton Hotel,in the Loop (business/gov't and theatre district). Historic Building, smallish rooms with full wall Chicago Windows that give the allusion of more space. You can't beat the Kimpton chain for great service, fun decor and great in hotel restaurants.

The Hampton is new somewhat self-service medium rated property that caters to tourists in tourist central River North.

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3. Re: Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

It is very close to a fire station, which may have sirens blaring day and night.

No "MAY" about it. The one and only time I stayed there we were located on the West side of the hotel facing the fire station. I didn't get a good nights sleep in three nights.

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4. Re: Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

The Burnham is named for famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and I would definitely want to be part of history, rather than a chain. Especially if all pricing seems to be equal. I love the restaurant in the Burnham too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Burnham

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6. Re: Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

Travel4sushi is referring to the Hampton.

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7. Re: Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

I vote Burnham for good location near CTA trains, historic style, and complimentary morning coffee and evening wine.

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8. Re: Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

Another vote for the Burnham. To expound a little on the brief comments given to you above on the location of it:

The Burnham is located in the Loop. The Loop is the historic center of Chicago. It's where Chicago began and then spread outwards. This area was one of the hardest hit during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; and, as such, it has the greatest concentration of the historically and architecturally significant buildings erected post-fire, one of which is the Burnham itself (aka Reliance Building).

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (main location is in the Santa Fe building on S. Michigan Avenue, about 7 blocks to the SE of the Burnham) gives many different walking tours of the Loop. In addition, the free Chicago InstaGreeter service, which originates from the Chicago Cultural Center (a significant building in its own right with Tiffany domes and mosaics), also gives free - though admittedly less in-depth - walking tours of the Loop. There is also a Tiffany dome in the Macy's department store at the corner of State Street and Randolph, across the street, kitty-corner, from your hotel.

If you wish to take the Chicago Architecture Foundation's highly regarded and recommend River Cruise, it is less than a mile to their boarding area on the Chicago River (to the NE).

BTW, if you wish to utilize one of the river water taxis along the Chicago River, instead of taking busses or the 'L routes, there are two companies - Shoreline and Wendella. They have different boarding docks and access different points in Chicago. For example, Shoreline travels from the Willis Tower to Navy Pier; and Wendella travels from N. Michigan Avenue (by the Wrigley Building) to Chinatown. Shoreline also has a harbor water taxi which travels between the Museum Campus and Navy Pier. The point is, though, that the boarding areas for these two companies are merely a few blocks walking distance away from the hotel.

Millennium Park is 3 blocks to the east of the hotel. During the summer, free concerts (plus rehearsals) are given at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

The Art Institute of Chicago is roughly 5 blocks to the SE.

The Willis Tower is 6 blocks to the SW.

The Loop is also the actual center point of the majority of the major bus routes and all of the 'L routes. Take a look at the Downtown Map on the CTA's website and you will clearly see why the Loop is called the Loop. If you stay at the Burnham, the Blue Line is only a couple of blocks away. In addition, you are literally across the street from 2 bus stops (one SB and one NB) which will take you to practically all of the major tourist attractions.

Going SB: The #146 SB terminus is the Museum Campus (Soldier Field, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium). The #10 SB terminus is the Museum of Science and Industry in the Hyde Park neighborhood - which also encompasses the University of Chicago campus (including the Oriental Institute and Smart Museum of Art), Jackson Park (including the Wooded Island and Osaka Japanese Garden), and Frank Lloyd Wright sites.

Going NB: There are several routes which will easily take you to the Magnificent Mile and northwards (for example, the #146 mentioned above). However, if you wish to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, you would have to walk an astoundingly long distance of 2 blocks either south (to pick up the #151 NB) or northwest (to pick up the #20, Clark Street bus - which actually is accessed on Dearborn, due to the one way streets downtown).

This hotel is situated within the Loop Theatre District, in case you wish to take in a show there when you are visiting. The venues located in the Loop generally showcase Broadway-style entertainment. However, if you wish to take in a Chicago-style off-Loop theatrical performance, you can easily utilize the cities 'L and bus routes.

If you wish to go to historic Wrigley Field (where the Chicago Cubs play) - or maybe wish to just take a tour of it, you can access the Red Line immediately across the street and down the block from the hotel. If you want to take in a White Sox game, at the U.S. Cellular Field, you take the same Red Line, but in the opposite direction.

If you wish to see more of the important buildings and iconic public artwork within a very short walking distance of this hotel, please go to the Chicago Loop Alliance's website, you can view the three interactive (free downloadable) DIY walking tours of the Loop ("Loop the Loop" tours).

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9. Re: Hotel Burnham or Hampton Inn,33 W Illinois. Advice please!

Burnham, where you can take the Blue Line to/from the airport with no need for a cab. Also, if someone wants to rest for an hour or two and someone wants to go do something, the location is perfect. The James R. Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building) is a block or so away, and it has a food court for a fast snack or meal and a charming little museum on the second floor (open 9-5) with changing exhibits that would be worth a quick visit. There often is some entertainment at lunch time across the street at the Daley center, Plenty of eating options at the hotel and nearby, in all price ranges.

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We stayed at the Hampton and got a room in the back the opened to an alley. We never heard a fire engine in three nights. Super convient to everything. We walked from the blue line station dragging wheeled bags. Great breakfast buffet.