United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Umbria Writers Needed
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 16, 15 at 03:13 PM
  • Writers Need for New Zealand Guide
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 15, 15 at 03:11 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Itinerary Advice for SLC - Moab - Zion
  2. 2 New Hampshire: start from Portsmouth?
  3. 3 Trip Report To Schenectady to Trains to Spanish Immersion Course in Mexico
  4. 4 Should I cancel Florida vacation?
  5. 5 Ashland, Wisconsin
  6. 6 LA/Palm Springs for 6 days with teens?
  7. 7 3 weeks No Cal and OR coast trip advise
  8. 8 Highway 1 motels
  9. 9 Trip Report Bears and Traps. Our Grand Alaska Sea & Land Tour
  10. 10 Mendocino Hiking
  11. 11 Grand Canyon Rafting - paddle, oar, or motorized
  12. 12 Grand Canyon Rafting Companies
  13. 13 11 days SE coast road trip
  14. 14 Should we skip Yosemite?
  15. 15 NC large cabin rental - Thanksgiving
  16. 16 New Orleans Best Guided Tours
  17. 17 AC Hotels cheap by clean
  18. 18 Deep South sept 2015
  19. 19 Do you travel with your US passport if just traveling in the US?
  20. 20 My Topic TitlePalm Springs at the Last MInute, Help Please!
  21. 21 San Diego Clothing Help (woman)
  22. 22 Need a short term apartment in BOSTON
  23. 23 Car Hire Alamo
  24. 24 Telluride Parking - Cheaper Options
  25. 25 International student, applying for school
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Lilaki's Trip Report: Chicago, July 1 - 5

Jump to last reply

Hi Fodorites,

I’m back from our trip and am slowly piecing together my trip report.

First, thank you to EVERYONE who has helped me on this forum. I have spent hours upon hours planning this trip and this forum has been absolutely invaluable!

A bit about ourselves … DH and I are in our early 30's from Toronto. We travel quite a bit for work and once or twice a year for fun. We move pretty quickly and aren't big into beach/lounging around vacations.

DH had a conference in New Orleans from June 28 – July 1. The original plan was for him to fly home on July 1 (our Canada day); but then we noticed that all flights from MSY – YYZ go through ORD. So we thought, why not plan a weekend getaway in Chicago? I flew into Chicago from Toronto and DH flew up from New Orleans. My flight landed at around 1 pm and I was at the hotel around 2:30 pm. I caught the blue line from O’Hare station and got off at Clark/Lake where I caught a quick $5 cab ride to the Swissotel. DH took the same route a few hours later. The blue line ride in was great; I smiled as we zoomed past traffic!

Thanks to citylights … you were spot on with your description of how to buy the farecards and transit passes. I had $2.25 ready in change for the farecard and used my credit card to purchase two 3-day passes. The farecard is not a plastic card, per se; more like a really thick paper card with a plasticized coating. I guess Toronto isn’t that advanced because single ride fares are still considered tokens and tickets!

The Hotel

We stayed at the Swissotel on Wacker. I saw a great rate on Orbitz, contacted the hotel and they matched the price (and also gave us the first night at 50% off). The hotel was nice; although, service was indifferent. I wouldn’t stay at this property again because it was a bit out of the way from the action. Next time, I’d prefer to stay either IN the Loop or closer to Mag Mile. But again, the price was right!

I had requested a high floor and a view of Millennium/Grant Park in the hopes of seeing some of the fireworks show. However, the front desk and concierge both told me that there were condos block most of the view so we’d be best off to head out to the streets to see the show. Our room was on the 30th floor.

18 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement