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Chicago hotels near the Blue Line

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Chicago hotels near the Blue Line

My wife and I will be in Chicago Sep 4-10. We are looking for a hotel under $100/night that is within walking distance of the Blue Line between The Loop and O'Hare (preferably closer to the Loop). Can anyone suggest one or two hotels that fit this? I know the $100/night will be a challenge in Chicago but Trip Advisor readers are the best!

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1. Re: Chicago hotels near the Blue Line

Your best bet will be Priceline. If you are not familiar with Priceline, it is a non-refundable/deep-discount service where you bid on hotels of a certain star rating in a certain area. (For Example, if you wanted to stay in the Loop, you could bid for 4* for the Millennium Park/Loop/Grant Park area.) If your bid is accepted at one of the 4 star hotels, then you are locked in there for your dates. If not, you can bid again for a slightly higher price in 24 hours.

In terms of your situation, your first two days are generally reasonable. It's the rest of the days that are more difficult, as a convention is in town.

If you want to attempt to bid for all days, let me know and I will make suggestions. If you want to bid for part of the time (try and go for the more reasonable days first for a lesser price, then try for the later days in a separate bid that may result in a different hotel; if the bidding for the second half doesn't work, you would have to explore options closer to O'Hare for that period of time.)

Other than Priceline, there are no options downtown for under $100.

Would you just want to stay in the loop area downtown, or would you also be interested in the River North/North Michigan Ave. area.

As for just staying by O'Hare, Priceline would likely be able to get you a nice hotel by O'Hare for under $100 for all the days; if not, Hotwire has some options available for under $100 for your dates.

You do have a few different options available to try. Let us know what you would be interested in and myself and others will be happy to offer tips and suggestions.

Also, feel free to email me with any questions (and anyone else reading w/hotel questions is also welcome to email if they like), as well.

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2. Re: Chicago hotels near the Blue Line

There are few hotels near O'hare that would fit your budget, but I believe the ones by the Blue line that you suggested are not going to be under $100. You might get lucky if nothing is going on with the Ramada.

Also, near Ohare a new Holiday Inn Express was just remodeled out of the old Ramada building (yea, they deal hotels in the Ohare area like they were pawns in a poker game). It is not necessarily near the blue line, but perpendicular to it is a Sheraton Suites and Holiday Inn. Behind the Holiday Inn is the new Ohare Metra stop (it is the rail mass transit system in Chicago).

To get the price you are looking for you are either going to get a real slummy hotel in the city, or nead to look in the burbs. The CTA is not the only public transport in the city.

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3. Re: Chicago hotels near the Blue Line

Here are some alternatives near public transport...

Lincolnshire - This is a very high class area that is starting to pop. There is a Springhill suites that is located within walking distance of the half day metra stop. The nice thing about this location is that there are plenty of Chicagoland's best restruants near by. Walker Brothers, the best place for breakfast in Chicago, is just steps from the hotel. You are also close to places like Stoney River, Bob Chins and Pete Millers.

Rosemont. While they do have higher hotel taxes, I don't believe they are as bad as the city. There is a holiday inn express, holiday inn and Sheraton Suites by the airport. There is a Doubletree suites and Embassy that I believe fall with Rosemont's boundaries. All are close to the blue line or Metra. There is a Metra line that runs behind the holiday inn and Sheaton. This area is still expensive, and there are a few resturants in the area, but not much offering.

Deerfield - There are a bunch of hotels on Lake Cook Road that are near the Metra stop. This is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Chicago so you can feel a bit more safe staying there. I believe there is a Courtyard right across the street from Metra stop. Many top notch resturants are a short cab ride away: Stoney River (one of the best steak places in Chicagoland), PF Changs, Boston Blackies, Bennigans, Ruth's Chris to name a few.

Arlington Heights - There is a Sheraton located next to the Horsetrack (think better than Churchill downs) there. This hotel is located a short ride to Schaumburg by Taxi where there is plenty of shopping and dinning. If you are traveling with Kids, this place will soon have one of the biggest indoor water parks in Chicago. Also, a great chicago activity that doesn't get mentioned much is a day at Arlington Park. It is one of the nices horse tracks in the country! Also, once Metra stop down is downtown Arlington Heights. It has many eclectic botique restruants. Fuego, Reginas, Peggy Kianne's and Fanchescas are just a few of the good ones to name.

Aurora - The end of the metra line here is near an old round house, which is now the home of Walter Payton's roundhouse microbrewery. It is actually a nice dinner for a microbrewer. The facility includes a comedy club and museum too. A short walk away is the Hollywood casino. You can try your luck with lady luck. The hotel out there is a Comfort Inn & Suites.. There isn't much out in Aurora, but I would imagine the room rate would be real cheap. I would suggest this more for the person coming to town with a car, but not wanting to drive to the city.

Oak Lawn - I believe the Hilton there is within walking distance of the Metra Station or they have a shuttle that will get you there. There are a few resturants near buy. It is also close to Midway airport if you happen to be flying in there.

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Thank you, DVDMOVIE1 and BRIAN! Let me add a bit more information about our situation. We have a hotel in the Loop that is being paid for by my boss for the sep 4-7 part of our trip (business trip). What we are needing now is something cheaper that we personally afford for the sep 8-10 part of the trip (personal vacation). We are still focused on getting a hotel within walking distance of the Blue Line because we fly out via O'Hare and we want to cut transportation costs. We understand that the Metra does not run on the weekend. If we could find a hotel that is on the Blue line and closer to the Loop than it is to O'Hare then we could quickly get into downtown Chicago each day. In addition, on the last day we could take the Blue line out of downtoen, grab our suitcases at our hotel and jump on another Blue Line to the airport. Any other hotel options, perhaps halfway between O'Hare and the Loop but still near Blue Line? Thanks again!!

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5. Re: Chicago hotels near the Blue Line

Thank you, DVDMOVIE1 and BRIAN! Let me add a bit more information about our situation. We have a hotel in the Loop that is being paid for by my boss for the sep 4-7 part of our trip (business trip). What we are needing now is something cheaper that we personally afford for the sep 8-10 part of the trip (personal vacation). We are still focused on getting a hotel within walking distance of the Blue Line because we fly out via O'Hare and we want to cut transportation costs. We understand that the Metra does not run on the weekend. If we could find a hotel that is on the Blue line and closer to the Loop than it is to O'Hare then we could quickly get into downtown Chicago each day. In addition, on the last day we could take the Blue line out of downtoen, grab our suitcases at our hotel and jump on another Blue Line to the airport. Any other hotel options, perhaps halfway between O'Hare and the Loop but still near Blue Line? Thanks again!!

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FYI - Metra trains run on the weekend. Visit www.metrarail.com for details.

The CTA blue line trains basically runs though residential areas between ORD and downtown. Not much in terms of hotels within walking distance. There are several hotels near the Cumberland stop on the Blue Line. But that's much more closer to ORD than downtown.

Finding a $100 hotel room downtown is becoming more and more difficult. You might want to price out properties in Evanston, IL. It's along the CTA purple line and about a 45 minute commute to/from downtown. The downside is that you'll need to take a cab to ORD. Or you can take Pace bus #250 from Evanston to ORD - but it's a bit time consuming.

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6. Re: Chicago hotels near the Blue Line

As much as I'd like to recommend Evanston, it probably isn't going to have anything, as Evanston's three main hotels have gone up over the last few years. Even the basic Best Western in Evanston is often not available for under $100.

If you search on Hotwire for Northbrook for 9/8-10, there is a 3* property in the Northbrook Zone with the amenities fitness, business, hi-speed, laundry, pool, restaurant. $45 a night (the price you see may vary slightly.)

While not guaranteed, this is probably the Northbrook Radisson, which would be about 1.3M away (according to the map) from the nearest Metra station in Park Ridge. This would be a good, cheap option in a very, very nice area, although you will probably need a cab or shuttle ( if this Hotwire listing is in fact the Radisson, there is a free local shuttle for within a 5MI radius, according to the website.). The downsides: not right near public transit and a cab would probably be the best way to back to the airport from here. Still, may be worth it for $45.

Hotwire also has 4* & under hotels for under $100 on your dates in the O'Hare zone.

Keep in mind that Hotwire reservations are not refundable and cannot be changed. You are not told the name of the hotel until after purchase.

Option 2: Springhill Suites Marriott O'Hare. Directly next to the Cumblerland "L" stop and offers free breakfast. $99 for a Studio Suite or Exec Studio Suite on Marriott.com. There are several O"hare hotels under $100, but this one is close to the L (Cumberland) station and offers a little more space + free breakfast.

Option 3. Priceline. However, keep in mind that with Priceline in the O'Hare area, you may end up a little ways away from public transit (likely a brief shuttle or cab ride to a Metra or CTA station.) Let us know if you have any questions before you bid on Priceline, if this is your first time bidding.

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7. Re: Chicago hotels near the Blue Line

Something to keep in mind PK7 is that as long as your near one of the lines, you can transfer over to the blue line in the loop. Some nice hotels/places along the Red line too. (Hilton Garden Inn) Just my two cents worth... granted, lugging suitcases around switching trains isn't the easiet but if your trying to save money. The cta transit website is full of great info on the train station schedules and bus schedules. I havnt' dont it, but Im thinking you can transfer from the bus over to the EL. Double check that. But your need to stay at $100 is a challenge. Your right, some great resources here. Been helped many a time myself. Looks like some informative posts for your consumption. Just adding my two cents worth. LOL...

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