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Jun 5th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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Suburban Chicago Hotel with Shuttle to City

We will be driving from MKE airport to Lansing, Michigan. Though we are world travelers, we have avoided Chicago till now. (Just not fond of busy cities.) We would like to have a quick look for a day. We would like to stay in a suburb with shuttle access or sightseeing tours into the city. Can travelers who are familiar with the area please suggest such a hotel that will put us right back onto the highway to Lansing the next morning?
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Jun 5th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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Suburban hotels do not have shuttles into the city. If you want to stay outside the city, you should plan on commuting approximately 1-hour each way via CTA (The "L") or Metra (commuter train). The largest concentration of hotels is around ORD and Rosemont. From there, you can take the CTA Blue Line train from Rosemont, Cumberland or O'Hare to The Loop.

A second option would be in the Skokie/Evanston area around Old Orchard Mall or Northwestern Univ. From there, you could take the Yellow or Purple Line to Howard and Transfer to the Red Line. Check www.transitchicago.com for maps and a trip planner. For Metra trains, check www.metrarail.com.
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Jun 5th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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So, Citylghts, you're saying that getting from the interstate to Northwestern University neighborhood would be relatively easy driving, and then we could take the transit into the city? Does the train fom O'Hare into the city take an hour? I did see a reasonably priced good hotel at O'Hare here on Tripadvisor.
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The Blue Line from O'Hare to The Loop is usually approximately 45-50 minutes. It would probably take around 10 minutes to walk to most hotels that are near the Rosemont or Cumberland Stations and longer if you had to wait for a hotel shuttle. There are several hotels around Old Orchard and two in downtown Evanston near NU. Easy driving is subjective and depends on the time of day and the conditions you're accustomed to. Old Orchard is less than a mile off the Edens Expressway (I-94) and Evanston is about another 4 miles east.

There are several cities that are near O'Hare, but some like Elk Grove Village and Bensenville are on the opposite side of the complex from the terminals and transportation, so a shuttle would have to traverse the entire perimeter of the airport.

Keep in mind that trips on CTA that originate at ORD cost $5.00 while the single fare at all other stations is $2.25. You can purchase day passes that allow unlimited rides on all CTA trains and buses for $10. They're available from vending machines at the 3 stations or most CVS and Walgreens pharmacies and Dominick's Supermarkets. Many hotels also sell them. Decide how many buses/trains you would be taking (and from where) to see which is the better value for you.
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