Chicago Area Motels

by Mark Heidelberger Google
The Windy City draws its fair share of vacationers and business travelers.

The Windy City draws its fair share of vacationers and business travelers.

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The Chicago area has a balance of nationally recognized chain motels and individually owned local ones; the chains offer familiarity and reliability, while the independents are adept at providing more down-home courtesies and personal attention. Both styles of properties may offer limited amenities, services and recreation, but they also provide reasonably priced alternatives to many of the Windy City's expensive boutique and luxury hotels. A select group of these properties, either AAA rated, historically significant or both, are situated in or just outside downtown, providing the easiest access to city attractions, restaurants and major roads like I-94 and Lakeshore Drive.

Heart O' Chicago Motel

The two-story Heart O' Chicago Motel, built in 1959, is located just one mile from Hollywood Beach on Lake Michigan and less than four miles from Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Guests can make use of a 24-hour front desk with multilingual staff, free outdoor parking and high-speed wireless Internet access in all public and private areas. The lobby provides a microwave along with a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, while local eateries like the Fireside Restaurant and Bar are right around the corner. Each of the property's 45 guestrooms has either one king, one queen or two queen beds as well as a comfortable sitting area and table. Guests must be 21 years of age to check in. This property is a fully sanctioned member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Super 8 Chicago

The Super 8 Chicago lies one block from Lake Michigan on the outskirts of downtown, with local universities like Loyola and Northwestern just a few minutes away. The property features carpeted interior corridors and elevators, while guests are entitled to free on-site parking for one vehicle per room. Business travelers can make use of copy/fax services, although there is a small charge for outgoing transmissions. A free light breakfast is offered daily, and lunch and dinner spots in the neighborhood include Bakers Square and Giordano's Pizza. All guestrooms feature microwave, refrigerator and cable TV with HBO and the Disney Channel, and suites with hot tubs can be requested. Extra fees apply for roll-aways, but cribs are free of charge. No pets are allowed on the premises.

Ohio House Motel

The Ohio House Motel is nestled in the heart of the Windy City, providing easy access to top attractions like Navy Pier, the John Hancock Center and the Field Museum; the shops of Michigan Avenue; and entertainment venues like the Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues. Motel staff are available to assist out-of-towners with navigating the area, and ample on-site parking is free for guests. The famous landmark motel features a quaint, old-time diner and coffee shop that's open seven days a week, with an economically priced menu of classic American cuisines. Spacious guestrooms offer ultra-soft queen or king beds; private bathrooms with ceramic tiled floors; and amenities like 27-inch cable TV, work desk, Wi-Fi access and easy chairs and/or sofas.

Days Inn Chicago

The AAA-approved Days Inn Chicago is housed in a 1920s-style brick building at the center of Lincoln Park, within walking distance of the Notebaert Nature Museum, Halsted Street and Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests have complimentary access to a Bally's health club with an indoor track, lap pool and sauna as well as a rooftop courtyard with furniture, valet parking and guest laundry. Corporate travelers can take advantage of 1,350 square feet of meeting space that can hold up to 50 people as well as catering services, audiovisual equipment rental and free Internet access over a high-speed T-1 line. A complimentary breakfast buffet is available to all guests along with free USA Today newspapers in the lobby. Sizable guestrooms are all 100 percent smoke free and feature Lodgenet in-room movies and games, digital laptop safes and phones with voice mail capabilities.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.

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