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Chicago Open lodging

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:56 pm
by setht
If anyone has any recommendations on lodging options for Chicago Open, please share them here--people have asked me for hotel recommendations, and I don't have any good ideas. I imagine most people stay in hotels outside of Hyde Park, but I don't really know what good options people have found in years past.

Thanks,
-Seth

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:14 pm
by Matt Weiner
One can often get astoundingly good deals (two star for under $60, four-star for under $100) by Pricelining the O'Hare area.

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:12 pm
by Jeremy Gibbs Lemma
I think we might have found our hookup. One of our guys works for Marriot. I believe that means problem solved.

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:16 pm
by Mike Bentley
If I'm flying in from Midway, can I expect to be able to find some sort of public transportation that will get me to lodging and then to the university? Or will this end up being quite challenging (and expensive)?

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:17 pm
by grapesmoker
ikillkenny wrote:If I'm flying in from Midway, can I expect to be able to find some sort of public transportation that will get me to lodging and then to the university? Or will this end up being quite challenging (and expensive)?
The 55 bus will take you from Midway pretty much straight into Hyde Park. I ride it all the time when I go to Chicago. Can't tell you much about accomodation though.

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:14 pm
by Mr. Kwalter
For JS Mill I flew into Midway and made it to Hyde Park no problem. Though I didn't end up staying there, I had made arrangements to stay in one of the hotels in that massive fenced off hotel cluster near midway. To get to Hyde Park I simply hopped on the airport shuttle, got off, and walked to the airport bus station. Whole trip to the bus took <20 min (more likely much less, can't remember that well), but the bus ride is long, 30-45 min I think. Maybe shorter early in the morning on a Saturday since it won't stop as much.

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:00 pm
by Susan
Not sure what day or time you're flying in, but there are both regular (55) and express (X55) buses running during the week. (On the weekends, only the regular bus is available.) If you're going from Midway to Hyde Park, it's often worth waiting for the express bus.

The CTA's website might come in handy--it has the bus and train routes plus a trip planner.

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:30 pm
by Mike Bentley
Thanks for the advice. Unless I'm able to get off work early and get myself on an earlier flight than I booked already, I'll probably be arriving later Friday night. So I assume I'll be relegated to the non-express bus.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:29 am
by Mike Bentley
So if we got a hotel near O'Hare, could we expect to be able to take the shuttle bus back to the airport, catch the L train, and get to the university within a reasonable amount of time on Saturday and Sunday mornings? And if so, does anyone have a ballpark estimate for how long that would take so we don't end up comically early or late to registration on Saturday?

I'd also be willing to entertain better ways to get from the O'Hare area to UC than the L Train, if such exist.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:24 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Steroid McBlooddoper wrote:So if we got a hotel near O'Hare, could we expect to be able to take the shuttle bus back to the airport, catch the L train, and get to the university within a reasonable amount of time on Saturday and Sunday mornings? And if so, does anyone have a ballpark estimate for how long that would take so we don't end up comically early or late to registration on Saturday?

I'd also be willing to entertain better ways to get from the O'Hare area to UC than the L Train, if such exist.
Blue line from O'Hare to Jackson, Red Line from Jackson to Garfield, 55 bus from Garfield to tournament.

Alternatively, Blue line from O'Hare to Jackson, #6 bus from the corner of State and Van Buren to tournament.

Unfortunately, there is construction on the Blue Line, and it could take something on the order of 45 minutes to get from O'Hare to downtown on it.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:31 pm
by Captain Sinico
Protip: The train is the "El." The L train is something else that you may want to catch, though.

MaS

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:57 pm
by Susan
For both of the routes Bruce describes, you'll want to budget at least an hour and a half.

You may find the CTA's website helpful here, particularly the trip planner utility.

Unless you're willing to shell out for a cab (~$55) or the Omega Shuttle ($30 per person, I think), the CTA is your best option.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:11 pm
by Mike Bentley
Thanks for the help and for showing my ignorance of Chicago's public transportation system.