Chicago Midway Motels

by Mark Heidelberger Google
Millions of travelers come to Chicago each year via Midway Airport.

Millions of travelers come to Chicago each year via Midway Airport.

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Midway Airport in Chicago is surrounded by a number of motels that make overnight stays a breeze for those flying in and out of the Windy City. Properties are mostly owned and maintained by large, nationally known, brand name chains that offer clean accommodations and basic amenities, particularly for travelers operating on a budget. In addition, these motels are primarily located within easy reach of local highways and area attractions.

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Holiday Inn Express Chicago - Midway Airport

The Holiday Inn Express offers a complimentary, 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport along with transfers to the CTA's Orange Line route, which heads downtown. Points of interest like Shedd Aquarium and US Cellular Field (home of the White Sox) are close by. Safety deposit boxes are available at the front desk, while other amenities include an ATM, same-day dry cleaning, and fitness center with stationary bikes and treadmills. In addition, executive travelers have access to an unstaffed business center with PC and printer and a 375-square-foot meeting room. A breakfast bar serves signature cinnamon rolls and 100 percent Arabica bean coffee, while restaurants like Dempsey's Irish-American Grill & Pub are right around the corner. Well-lit rooms feature a contemporary design, satellite TV, stereo, work desk and private bath.

Sleep Inn Midway Airport

The 121-room Sleep Inn is two blocks south of the airport, with Hawthorne Race Course and Sportsman Park less than five miles away. Guests can enjoy ample outdoor parking for cars, trucks and buses as well as free morning newspapers in the lobby, valet laundry service, 24-hour exercise room and a jogging trail. A free shuttle service to and from the airport runs all day, while business travelers can utilize the hotel's copy/fax service and conference/banquet rooms. The hotel's daily complimentary breakfast includes waffles and sausage, while a TGI Friday's down the street delivers meals to your door. Guest quarters each feature cable TV, wireless high-speed Internet access, individual climate controls and an iron with ironing board. The property is FEMA-approved for government travelers.

Residence Inn Chicago Midway Airport

The five-floor Residence Inn is convenient to a bowling alley, mountain biking trail, tennis courts and the Silver Lakes Country Club with its well-groomed par 72 golf course. Guests are treated to express check-out, a coin-operated guest laundry, whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness facility with nautilus machines and Wi-Fi access in all public areas. A buffet breakfast is laid out each morning and a manager's reception with cold beverages is held in the evenings. A Starbucks coffee shop sits on the property, while Giordano's pizza parlor is a half mile away. Spacious suites combine comfort and functionality, with plush king-sized beds, living rooms, dining areas and fully equipped kitchens, each with a microwave, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, cookware and eating utensils. Pets are allowed for a hefty, non-refundable sanitation fee.

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/Midway Airport

The Hilton Garden Inn sits in close proximity to local attractions like the Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Cultural Center. Guests can hop aboard a 24-hour red trolley bus that makes rounds to the airport terminals, while property amenities include a baggage hold, newsstand, swimming pool, workout room and on-site convenient store/gift shop. In addition, a business center with computer workstation is accessible to all corporate guests along with more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space, audio visual equipment rental and catering services. An on-site restaurant offers contemporary American cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while evening room service is available for those who would rather stay in. Tastefully appointed rooms feature an oversized work desk and ergonomic chair, premium movie channels, video games and multiple phones with private voice mail.

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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