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MDA Chicago City Apartments
Reviewed 28 July 2011

My family (me, hubby, and two kids ages 20 and 17) just returned from a fabulous visit to Chicago. We booked our six-night stay at MDA Chicago City Apartments and couldn't have been more pleased. The staff at Leading Apartments was very helpful and -- for about the same price as a downtown hotel (there is no hotel/motel tax when you sign a short-term lease!) -- we enjoyed a spacious and chic 2 bed/2 bath apartment on the corner of Lake and Wabash with a full kitchen, lots of closet space, three flat-screen TVs, washer/dryer and many of the same amenities as a nice hotel (gym, rooftop garden, concierge in lobby, convenient downtown location, etc.). And did I mention the FREE wi-fi??? Yes, you do have to take out the trash (chute is near the stairwell on same floor), wash dishes (there is a full-size dishwasher!) and strip the beds and wash the towels when you leave, but the effort was minimal. Our corner apartment had a view of Trump Tower. The El tracks are noisy, even on the 14th floor, but we got used to it. We purchased 7-day CTA passes and rode the train and buses everywhere - even to/from the airport. We didn't have a car, but I think there is a garage across the street that residents can use. The State/Lake station is just one block away, as is the Red Line subway. We also walked to many tourist attractions and nearby restaurants/shopping. A couple of nights we brought in take-out for dinner. Loved the salads from Cosi! There is a Trader Joe's north of the river on Ontario, which was great for picking up staples like coffee and wine. Also, the 7-11 right across the street was where we stocked up on bottled waters and sodas. A few things to note: coffee filters are not provided for the coffeemaker, but a paper towel works just as well! Also, there were no extra trash bags (we used our shopping bags) or tissues provided. They did provide one packet of Tide detergent (which I used for the towels) and one packet of dishwasher detergent (but no liquid). Also, there was no soap for the showers (just hand soaps) and no hairdryer (we didn't pack ours, thinking there would be one). These were minor annoyances and we'd much rather NOT have maid service coming in on a daily basis anyway. They left us plenty of towels and I'm pretty sure we could have requested these other items if we got desperate. Oh, and the power went out for a few hours on our last night there, but it was a random problem and quickly resolved. I've included some pics, as words really don't do this place justice. Stay here and avoid the overpriced hotels!

Room Tip: The higher the floor, the less noise you'll hear from the train!
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

Many good things and a few considerations. The location is great. Take train from Ohare or Midway to two blocks away and then walk everywhere. Building has great summer amenities on roof, BBQ, hot tub, game room, and dining. There is a theater for your DVDs that can be reserved, business room, and simple gym. We had a two bedroom apartment that was well equipped and allowed us to entertain.
We rented from Leading Apartments and had good communication with them.
We had a room on the corner where train turns and that was a big challenge for a country boy. Also mattress was shot in our room.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

We were in Chicago Sept 11th through 13th 2009 for a Cubs game and the U2 concert at Soldier Field. Four of us were traveling together and really enjoyed our stay. We found the MDA city apartments to be a perfect location and also very reasonably priced. We were on the 19th floor and had a two bedroom, two bath apartment. It was much better than the motel room alternatives we had researched. Lot's of room, very clean, beds were very comfortable. We especially appreciated the close proximity to Michigan avenue, less than a block, and access to many sights and sounds of Chicago. The rooftop is also a beautiful and peaceful place to hang out and talk while checking out the fantastics views of the city. We were all very pleased with the accomodations and will return on our next visit to Chicago.
Also - the architectural tour on the riverboat was very informative and enjoyable - we would recommend it. It really gives you a sense of the history and great perspective on how Chicago's amazing skyline came to be.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank khbrown2
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Reviewed 3 August 2009

My wife & 2 sons (16 & 13) recently spent a weekend at this location. Very nice accommodations. 2 bedrooms,2 baths,living room & kitchen in a very nice and conveniently located apartment building (60 Lake St.). Parking is located very nearby (20 E. Randolph St.) - just around the corner. Price for parking w/ voucher from MDA is less than 1/2 normal parking costs. For the price we paid, we had what amounted to a suite for much less than a 3 or 4 star hotel would charge + no tax. Very nice rooftop area (1st priortiy is given to permanent residents if they reserve it for any party, gathering, ect.) Great sitting area outside, w/ hot tub & nice inside area w/ pool table, t.v. ect. Very close to good dining, the River, Michigan Ave & the El trains(if you've never used the el before, learn how to get train tickets before putting money in self-serve kiosk - no change given). 7-11 & CVS drug stores very near. Full kitchen, so you can use it as much or as little as you want to. Next time we are in Chicago, we'll defintely book again.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank Muncie_IN_JohnB
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

We spent 5 nights at MDA and were very pleased with the accommodation. Our apartment was on the 18th floor with some nice views. We had a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment and it had a fully equipped kitchen as well. The apartment was very spacious and modern and it had everything we needed from hairdryer to wireless internet connection. The location of MDA apartments is just perfect, there were a lot of places to eat nearby (mainly fastfood, though), all the bus and "L" stops were max. couple of blocks away. Also the tourist information was quite near. From the MDA, you can basically walk to any sights near the centre of Chicago (if you like walking).

There were a couple of things that could bother some travellers, but we didn't see these as major issues. Even though our windows weren't above the "L", I could still hear the sound of the trains and it was somewhat disturbing when trying to sleep. But use earplugs and you'll have no trouble getting sleep. There weren't any noises coming from the neighbouring apartments, but you could hear some noise from the hallway, because there was quite a big gap under the door. The other bedroom had fairly a poor mattress in the bed, but in the other room the bed was comfortable with a firm mattress, so it wasn't really a problem for us.

This accommodation is way better than a hotel room, there is a lot of space, big bathrooms, quite modern interior, big kitchen and so on. MDA doesn't offer breakfast or other usual hotel amenities but we didn't need any of them, we ate some cereals in the morning and then headed to a cafe to grab a coffee and something delicious to eat before exploring the city. We paid about 130 euros per night (booked through ebookers), and there were very few hotel rooms (1-bedroom) available at the time of booking at the same price. I do recommend MDA to anyone going to Chicago.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2009

We loved the MDA CITY APARTMENTS, on the corner of Lake and Wabash, where the El train rounds a corner at the northwest side of the building. This means that if you’re in 905 or other rooms ending in a 5 facing west, you’ll probably hear the squealing of brakes consistently until about 1am. Yes, even five floors above the level of the train, you can hear the noise because the surrounding buildings amplify the sound. My husband, who is normally a deep sleeper, kept being awakened by the noise, even with four margaritas in his system. Since the building to the west is only about 10 stories tall, however, the noise may not be as noticeable on the upper floors. The location of the building, however, is excellent - about two blocks north of Millennium Park, at a fraction of the price of the hotels in this area. If you don’t plan to use the kitchen, you’ve got many restaurants and fast-food joints within a couple of blocks. And of course, the El train is easily accessible nearby, as are cabs and buses on Michigan Ave. on the east side of the block. There is no driveway or porter, however. You have hope for some curbside space along Lake to unload your luggage, and the limited parking is only available for an extra fee with advance notice. There is a public parking garage right across the street, but I don’t know anything about their rates.

As for the rooms themselves, this is one instance where they actually look better in person than in the photos. (The websites only show photos of the public areas, which are very chic, but I asked for photos of the rooms to be sent to me as well from the actual booking company, which is Leading Apartments. LeadingApartments.com or [--]. ) Apartment 905 is a (665 sq foot) floor plan, which seems about as much overall square footage as a king sized suite in hotels, but with a smaller bedroom to accommodate a kitchen and living room as well as an entry and bathroom. The decor is hip and modern but warm (without the W Hotel’s gloominess), with gorgeous zebrawood-looking floors, a vessel sink and subway tiles in the bathroom with an oval soaking tub (no jets), modern but comfy (two words not usually used together) leather furniture, suede bedcovers and pillow shams, flat-panel televisions televisions (a 30” for the living room and one smaller one for the bedroom), and dark wood used throughout.

You get most of the expected hotel amenities, such as an iron and ironing board, Neutrogena shampoo & conditioner and french milled soap, a coffee maker and a travel pack of coffee, 300-thread count sheets, high-speed internet access (though it’s not wireless; you have to use a provided ethernet cable and call a number with a code to register your computer for access), but missing are little things like tissue paper and in some rooms, a hairdryer. The phone hookup is not near the desk provided, but the phone itself if wireless, so it can be used throughout the apartment. The desk is sleek and modern (no drawers), and the chair is a real home-office type chair with a high back and wheels.

The apartment has a real kitchen with a dishwasher, full-sized fridge / freezer w/icemaker, electric range with stove and oven, and a full-sized microwave and sink, toaster, paper towels, a standard set of nonstick cookware with lids, a full set of real knives, silverware and dinnerware for four, a baking pyrex dish as well as a pyrex lidded casserole, plus cooking utensils, kitchen towels and potholders, but no dishwashing soap or sponges, cooking oil, or salt & pepper. A White Hen convenience store is located 3 blocks west on Lake where you can buy groceries. The granite-topped kitchen island doubles as the dining table, which saves on space. The living room has more than a usual hotel suite’s seating area with a full-size leather sofa, two comfy leather lounge chairs and a real coffee table and side table with table and floor lamps, and a modern rug. You could entertain here if you wanted to. The washer and dryer are stacked and hold smaller loads of laundry, but there is no detergent provided. The bedroom is small, but has a large closet and a full-sized dresser. The sliding loft-like door doesn’t fully shut out the noise from the living room / kitchen since it doesn’t lie flush against the wall when closed, but it does block out some light and sound.

We booked through Leading Apartments, which books MDA City Apts. at a lower rate than the online travel sites. For example, all rooms go for for $220 at Expedia, Orbitz, Hotels.com, and Travelocity, but the smallest room can be booked for $165 through Leading Apartments, which is whom the online agencies have to book through anyway. Besides, if you book through Leading Apartments, you can choose your apartment floor plan amongst the available ones, and you can pay a little more for a bigger floor plan if you want one, while the online travel sites will simply charge you for the biggest floor plan, book you for the smallest (“studio”), and then you get whatever is actually available when you check in. The online travel sites also do not mention parking, which is only available by reservation for an additional fee. You will have to fax an actual lease and credit card authorization to the reservations office, but it was worth this extra step for us. The best thing is that, unlike the most other short-term apartment rentals available online (like through VRBO), the MDA City apartments don’t require a security deposit before you check in. The concession you make is to remove all trash from your apartment when you checkout and leave the apartment in “good and clean” condition. You also get concierge service, a luggage hold, and a stylin’ lobby to boot. The rooftop clubhouse / terrace was not yet open when we visited. For floor plans, go to the brochure at MDACityApartments.com.

Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 17 June 2008

With two teenage boys, we were looking for an alternative to the traditional hotel accommodation. We kept calling this trip "our adventure" since we simply didn't know what to expect. And it turned out to be very impressive!

Our 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit was clean, modern and spacious! We were located on the opposite side of the "L", so the noise volume was minimal. The boys also enjoyed the rooftop spa and lawn area. And I valued the in-room washer/dryer!

The apartments are located a block from Michigan Avenue, so we had easy access to the museums and local restaurants. It is also easy walking distance to the trains.

Although the kids enjoyed 'donuts' for breakfast (there's one on almost every corner), my husband and I preferred the Corner Bakery for their scrambled egg plates.

The front desk was extremely helpful -- and the management company (I booked directly with them).

My only recommendation would be installing drapes in the bedrooms since the blinds did not block out the light (day/night).

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank sadie-ca
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Address: 63 East Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 58 Speciality Lodging in Chicago
Hotel Class:2.5 star — MDA Chicago City Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 190
Also Known As:
Mda Chicago City Apartments Hotel Chicago

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