Chicago hotel question

May 21st, 2006, 08:31 PM
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Chicago hotel question

Hey, guys, please help me with the Comfort Inn & Suites, Chicago, 15 E Ohio Street @ State/Wabash.

Looking for something inexpensive, and the average price for my September stay is around $150 a night, which is fine. Will be there for 4 nights.

Looking for a bed, shower, TV... nothing fancy. Will be by myself for the first time.

My question is about this area: is it very close to an El station? Safe area? Hotel is not a usual place for bikers and truck drivers? Any dinner places close? The website mentions Webber Grill only.

Would you stay in this area? In the hotel? Yes, I've checked Trip Advisor, but I trust Fodorites more.
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May 21st, 2006, 09:00 PM
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The Red Line subway station is just a short walk to Grand and State Street. The area is safe, but Ohio Street is very busy and there will be traffic noise, especially mornings and evenings. There are dozens of restaurants within a few blocks - you wshouldn't limit your self to the Weber Grill! We love Boston Blackie's on Grand just east of Michigan Avenue. Go to metromix.com and type in your address to find suggestions.
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May 22nd, 2006, 02:23 AM
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The location is fantastic, especially at that rate. A very short walk to North Michigan, the premier shopping mecca in Chicago. The L is just around the corner. The hotel is fine. Can't guarantee no bikers, but definitely no truckers. The parking fees in that area would eat all the truckers profit in just 1 night.

Don't worry, you will get a very nice, clean room and the location can't be beat.

Have a great trip!
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May 22nd, 2006, 06:07 AM
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Can't wait to see you! Glad you are making the reservations.
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May 22nd, 2006, 09:22 AM
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Cool! Thank you, everybody!
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May 23rd, 2006, 08:14 AM
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I'm shocked! Comfort Inn website gives higher rates then Quikbook even with AARP discount!

So I hurried to BookQuik

See y'all some time September 12-16. Should I start a GTG thread?
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May 23rd, 2006, 08:44 AM
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Yes- please do. It would probably have to be a weekday, so let us know which day. Or if you were leaving late on Sat. - we might "get you to the station on time". LOL!
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May 23rd, 2006, 09:12 AM
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CTA bus route 125 runs by your hotel on its route between Union Station & Watertower. Get a CTA visitor pass for unlimited travel on buses, subway, L, and most trains (excluding Metra) for $5/1day, $12/3days, others available. Machines at airport & Union station for visitor pass were separate machines than the "regular" commuter card machine. A great value and found buses, L and trains clean and efficient. Electronic signs at front of each car or bus give next stop, so knowing where to get off is easy.
Trip route planning:
http://rtachicago.com
Visitor passes:
http://www.transitchicago.com/maps/fares.html#e
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May 23rd, 2006, 11:11 AM
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JJ5, from now on you may call me only "my fair lady"

RB, thank you, I will look for those passes at the airport, the 3 days one sounds perfect for me!
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May 23rd, 2006, 11:39 AM
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Faina2,
Can you book a room at a hotel with a good cancellation policy and then try bidding on Priceline for the No Mich area?

We got some good Chicago deals thru P'line using this method.

We ate at the Webber Grill a few years ago and as pattyg sez, you can do better.
Good grub but....

And make sure you're outta town by 9-29 when The Kals blow thru.
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May 23rd, 2006, 01:01 PM
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Thank you, Kal, I'm making baby steps into traveling. This will be my first... by myself! Here, I've opened up for your quipping

And yes, I can cancel 48 hours in advance, unlike your P-line.

YES, SIR! I'll make a Bee-line by the 29th! You can meet me in Sacramento on 18th with flowers and orchestra.
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May 23rd, 2006, 01:05 PM
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You KNOW I'm a one man band!!!!

We P'lined our March stay in SF by booking The Tuscan Inn for a "low" i'net price of about $189/night and then worked P'line until like 2 weeks before we were coming down and then got The FW Hyatt for a little over $100.

Plan A and B!
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