Inexpensive Chicago Hotels

by Andrea Whyte
Staying at an inexpensive hotel can give you more freedom to explore the city of Chicago.

Staying at an inexpensive hotel can give you more freedom to explore the city of Chicago.

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Chicago offers several hotels that may look and feel luxurious but are in fact quite affordable. Many of these inexpensive Chicago accommodations are boutique hotels located in Victorian mansions on residential streets. Staying in one of these historic locations allows you to explore the many attractions available at the heart of the city but also enjoy the neighborhood feel of one of Chicago's distinct districts.

The Willows Hotel

Located in Wrigleyville, steps away from the shops and restaurants of Clark Street, the Willows Hotel is a historic boutique hotel that features elegant, yet inexpensive surroundings. The Willows is often frequented by business travelers, due to its central location, although couples may also enjoy the cozy and quiet atmosphere. The Willows is a designated Chicago Historical Landmark, boasting famous past guests like Al Capone. True to the boutique inn feel, the decor of the Willows reflects 19th-century French style and the hotel fits right in with the other Victorian mansions that line the street. Amenities at the Willows include complimentary Wi-Fi access, terry cloth robes, a daily evening social hour with cookies, continental breakfast and passes to the nearby Bally Total Fitness.

The Majestic Hotel

The Majestic Hotel, a sister hotel to the Willows, advertises itself as the closest hotel to Wrigley Field. The Majestic is not just for Cubs fans, however, as the Lakeview district offers other local entertainment, including shopping at the hipster boutiques of Belmont Avenue and checking out nearby Boystown. The Majestic caters to a bit of an older clientele than the Willows. Rooms run for about the same rates as its sister hotel but the atmosphere is more English manor than French boutique and a review by Lonely Planet called the hotel a great place to curl up with a good book on a cold day. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, terry cloth robes, continental breakfast and passes to Fitness Formula Club East Lakeview. Rooms are generally larger than those of the Willows and many include separate sitting areas.

Windy City Urban Inn

Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, near the Chicago Zoo and St. Clement Church, the Windy City Urban Inn is a cozy and quiet bed and breakfast on a historic street lined with Victorian mansions. The mansion housing the Windy City Urban Inn is 118 years old and the owners have respected this history in their decor, mixing vintage and modern fabrics and furniture to create an elegant yet comfortable space. The main house contains five guest rooms and two common rooms, each named after an author. The guest rooms on the third floor are larger and come with skylights and jacuzzi tubs in the bathroom. A coach house out back contains three apartment-style rooms intended for extended stay guests. All rooms include a buffet-style breakfast and parking is available for $6 a night, as of November 2010.

The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile

The Tremont Hotel is located in the Gold Coast district, a few blocks away from the shops of Magnificent Mile. The hotel offers good value for a luxury feel and prime location. Located in a renovated Victorian mansion, the Tremont contains 130 rooms and suites, as well as 12 furnished studios for long-stay travelers in the Tremont House next door. The Tremont's decor is reminiscent of an English parlor, with leather wing-back chairs and a large fireplace in the lobby. Amenities include air conditioning, Wi-Fi and in-room massage treatments. Locals and visitors alike frequent former Bears coach Mike Ditka's restaurant, Ditka's Bar and Steakhouse, adjacent to the Tremont lobby.

About the Author

Andrea Whyte has worked as an academic and commercial writer since 2005. She has contributed to the "Canadian Film Encyclopedia" and written informative articles as a copywriter for a major Internet-marketing firm. Whyte holds a Master of Arts in cinema studies from the University of Toronto.

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