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If You Go – Chicago, Illinois


Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago Illinois 60601

While on this trip we stayed here overlooking the river and about the only good thing about it was the view. The bedroom and bath were large but there was hardly anything in them. Absolutely no place to put our stuff. There wasn’t any dresser, so nowhere to put anything that didn’t require a hanger. There were no washcloths and when I stuck some milk in the chock-full fridge (“minibar”) I immediately got a knock on the door, and an officious little lady said they would bring us a fridge and charge us $25 for it. If you like nice views, don’t mind keeping your socks, t-shirts and unmentionables in your suitcase the entire time, and care little about being nickel-and-dimed, this may work for you.

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601

During a previous stay, we had accommodations here and the experience was deliciously delightful. Located just behind the Hyatt, it has typically been more expensive but due to the times, pricing is much more competitive. Definitely worth a look.

Tremont Hotel
100 East Chestnut
Chicago, Illinois 60611

On another visit, we spent our stay at this charming Old World style hotel in the Starwood chain. Located near Loyola, in the Gold Coast area, it’s just around the corner from Water Tower Place, half a block from the Magnificent Mile. We were comfortable there, although it wasn’t luxurious, and as I recall, the internet access was in the lobby. I’d stay there again and be delighted, especially with the price – quite reasonable.


A more recent addition to the hospitality scene is this website which offers privately-owned accommodations, ranging from studios to 3 bedroom apartments located in brownstones, high rises and B&Bs in historic homes. Offerings are dispersed throughout the city in many neighborhoods including Downtown Chicago, the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park. Although I have yet to stay in any, the prices and locations are tempting, particularly as they all include kitchens, except for the few rooms in the B&Bs, which offer breakfast in the rate.


Sak’s Ukrainian Village
2301 W. Chicago Ave.
(between Oakley Blvd & Western Ave)
Chicago, IL 60622

Athena Restaurant
212 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661-5404

Greek Islands Restaurant
200 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661

Russian Tea Time
77 East Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603

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