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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 08:34 AM
OK, I've looked at a ton of hotels nearby, stayed at the Renaissance (on business, sorta) several times, know the neighborhood OK, the one thing I haven't done is ask where fans might congregate, lodgings-wise. NYC is an easy selection, Chicago? Thoughts? There are about 8 close-by hotels in our price range (which is to say, priced about what a nice room costs where I live)
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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 09:32 AM
Hi Ron-

The Palmer House Hilton is really nice if you can get a good price. There are a few bars in the building. Beautiful place. There used to be a cool Irish bar next door to the Chicago Theatre but they tore it down. There's a cool German place called The Berghoff which is a few block walk away from the theatre that several of us have been to. It was the first place in Chicago to serve beer after Prohibiton. I'm sure we will come up with a meeting place.

Looking forward to seeing you again.

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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 10:26 AM
There are a lot of good hotels downtown, but Palmer House is probably the most convenient. If you don't care where you stay, Hotwire is a good way to get good deals. The Palmer House is on Hotwire at times, and you can sometimes figure out which one they are from the ratings.......

Also check Travelzoo, they have good deals too......

 

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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 10:40 AM
There are so many hotels (and restaurants and bars) in the general area, I'm not sure there will be a single "hangout" hotel.

The Palmer House is nice, any probably has more bars than most of the other nearby places. It is the closest hotel mentioned to Buddy Guy's, if that is a factor in your decision.

Although some of the rooms are a little small, I like the Kimpton Hotels in the area- The Hotel Burnham (which is architecturally significant) and the Hotel Monaco.

The Hard Rock is not very far away, and it is pretty cool. Plus you can check out guitars to play around with.

If you are in a gambling mood, the 4 star Hotwire hotels in the Downtown/West Loop zone are most of the hotels mentioned here. I haven't stayed in all of them, but I would feel comfortable staying at any of them, and I think they are all within a few blocks of the Chicago Theatre. No guarantees, but I've been very happy over the years. I do think some of the 3.5 and under hotels are overrated (some are very nice), so keep that in mind.

Savings on Hotwire are almost always significant in this quality range of hotels in Chicago, although the Loop hotels are usually more expensive during the week, and the hotels along Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile- Water Tower or River North) and other nearby tourist areas are often better deals during the week. Many of those would be longer walks, or short cab rides, depending on your inclination and how you feel about walking after midnight in a large city.

Loop-Millenium Park- Grant Park would also fall into the longer walk/short cab category.

My wife and I usually stay downtown 3-6 times a year, and we are almost always satisfied with the rooms we get on Hotwire, as long as we stay at 4 stars or above.

You can pull a list of likely hotels by range/zone here:

http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?app=hotel_lists&tid=642

[Edited on 5/13/2013 by aekdbmoid]

 

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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 10:58 AM
I would add for those of you that are driving in that don't often stay in Chicago, check the parking rate at any hotel you are staying at. If you park at most hotels, expect $50+ for parking. It is significantly less expensive to park at city or some private lots, but you should still expect at least $30/day for overnight parking.

Here is a link to the Millenium Garages, which are fairly close to the Theatre:

http://millenniumgarages1.reachlocal.com/?scid=1856715&kw=12617506

 

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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 12:04 PM
Thanks - the ones I'm specifically looking at are the Silverstone, the Allegro, the Monaco & the Hard Rock. As I said, I'm very familiar with the distances and such, both from walking around with Beth during the day, and from - rather infamously - putting everyone else at a rather large convention down for the night, then wandering the streets smoking cigarettes and hangin' with the homeless and crazy until 5 AM. (I've sworn that off, and last time, stuck to my promise not to leave the hotel after 2 AM) I'll look at the Palmer House. Thanks, and if anyone has any other thoughts, please add 'em.
 

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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 12:25 PM
I've stayed all over downtown at first at places in the East Ohio Street / East Ontario street area.

Then we moved over closer to the House of Blues area near State Street.

The last several times, and this upcoming time included, we are staying at the Best Western Grant Park on South Michigan. It's only a couple blocks away from Buddy Guy's Legends and also the Museum Campus on the water front.

http://www.expedia.com/Chicago-Hotels-Best-Western-Grant-Park.h23023.Hotel- Information?gclid=CO-30cjMk7cCFSHxOgodgAMAbg&semcid=13172-1&rm1=a2& amp;kword=%20Best_%20Western_%20Grant_%20Park_%20Chicago!m.ZzZz.33200000376 51.0.18408060922.%20best%20%20western%20%20grant%20%20park%20%20chicago.%20 best_%20western_%20grant_%20park_%20chicago&

Walking anywhere down town from there isn't too bad, time/distance wise.

I'm not sure about the hotel as being a hang-out spot, but with Buddy Guy's Legends so near by, we sort of use that as our home base for pre- and post show drinking and there is always a decent band there.

 

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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 05:09 PM
Anybody have first hand knowledge of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco? Is it a nice place? How close to the Chicago Theater is it? And how hard is it to get to Wrigley Field from there via public transportation? My wife and I plan on going to a Cubs game or 2, and like to take public transportation like the locals do..

 

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  posted on 5/13/2013 at 07:03 PM
My wife and I live in the Chicago burbs and stay in hotels downtown often when seeing shows or doing a date night in the city.

If you want a very good boutique hotel that architecturally and historically matches the charm of the Chicago Theater and is very close by, then check out the Hotel Burhnam and ask for a corner suite. You'll see the theater down state street in one window and the Frank Gehry bandshell down Washington St. thru the other. Phenomenal. You won't be disappointed.

 

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And how hard is it to get to Wrigley Field from there via public transportation? My wife and I plan on going to a Cubs game or 2, and like to take public transportation like the locals do..


Easy - Red Line to Addison ... that's it! which you can find downtown at State/Lake, State/Monroe, State/Jackson. (all near Chicago Theater)

Expect maybe 20 - 30 mins. to Wrigley (not counting waiting and/or game-day rush if there is one!)

(red line = in the Loop will be underground - at Wrigley above ground ... fwiw .... the elevated downtown are a nice ride (go in a loop - beautiful scenery) as an aside.




 

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rather infamously - putting everyone else at a rather large convention down for the night, then wandering the streets smoking cigarettes and hangin' with the homeless and crazy until 5 AM.


It's been a couple decades .... but I always considered that 'normal behavior' - or, "what ya do downtown late at night?" (it used to be a lot more quiet).



I hope you and Beth have a great time!

 

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  posted on 5/14/2013 at 08:37 AM
we stay at the Essex my be a ways from venue but a block from buddy guy's and is a good price been staying there for years

 

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  posted on 5/14/2013 at 08:56 AM
Every once in a while we like to stay at the Drake.

 

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And how hard is it to get to Wrigley Field from there via public transportation? My wife and I plan on going to a Cubs game or 2, and like to take public transportation like the locals do..


Easy - Red Line to Addison ... that's it! which you can find downtown at State/Lake, State/Monroe, State/Jackson. (all near Chicago Theater)

Expect maybe 20 - 30 mins. to Wrigley (not counting waiting and/or game-day rush if there is one!)

(red line = in the Loop will be underground - at Wrigley above ground ... fwiw .... the elevated downtown are a nice ride (go in a loop - beautiful scenery) as an aside.








Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are all night games. Thursday is a 1:20 afternoon game you can catch if you stick around.

 

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  posted on 5/14/2013 at 12:49 PM
I'm sure enjoying this discussion.

Thanks, Rob. Come see us sometime. Sarah's home for the summer, and life is like it always is, except a couple years older.



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rather infamously - putting everyone else at a rather large convention down for the night, then wandering the streets smoking cigarettes and hangin' with the homeless and crazy until 5 AM.


It's been a couple decades .... but I always considered that 'normal behavior' - or, "what ya do downtown late at night?" (it used to be a lot more quiet).



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  posted on 5/14/2013 at 12:50 PM
If you are patient, can play the game, and only need to stay in a general area (as opposed to a specific hotel), you can get some seriously good deals bidding on Priceline. I used to go to Chicago regularly on business and was regularly able to snag top hotels on Michigan avenue for $100 or less per night

 

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And how hard is it to get to Wrigley Field from there via public transportation? My wife and I plan on going to a Cubs game or 2, and like to take public transportation like the locals do..


Easy - Red Line to Addison ... that's it! which you can find downtown at State/Lake, State/Monroe, State/Jackson. (all near Chicago Theater)

Expect maybe 20 - 30 mins. to Wrigley (not counting waiting and/or game-day rush if there is one!)

(red line = in the Loop will be underground - at Wrigley above ground ... fwiw .... the elevated downtown are a nice ride (go in a loop - beautiful scenery) as an aside.








Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are all night games. Thursday is a 1:20 afternoon game you can catch if you stick around.



We plan on going Monday night to the Cubs game, Tuesday and Wednesday to the shows, and then catch the day game on Thursday.. We are pretty exciited..We have never been to Wrigley..

 

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  posted on 5/14/2013 at 04:13 PM
You shouldn't have any trouble getting tickets.............

 

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You shouldn't have any trouble getting tickets.............


No offense to Cub fans, but a friend of mine just said today, "well by the middle of August, it should be real easy to get Cub tickets"..

 

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  posted on 5/15/2013 at 08:02 AM
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Every once in a while we like to stay at the Drake.




The Drake is my favorite. Mrs. Moid and I upgraded to a suite once, and we felt like Nick and Nora from the Thin Man.

 

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  posted on 5/16/2013 at 12:23 PM
we are going to try the brand new aLoft property (spg.com).
Try IBM or other F500 company's ticket symbol in the promo field.
You might just get a screamin corporate rate.

Sometimes when you check in they as for the company ID. just say you are a supplier or vendor.

 

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We plan on going Monday night to the Cubs game, Tuesday and Wednesday to the shows, and then catch the day game on Thursday.. We are pretty exciited..We have never been to Wrigley..


Not as much in demand these days. They sell day of game tickets on Waveland behind the left field wall. I would only buy tix ahead of time if you can get below face value

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There's a cool German place called The Berghoff which is a few block walk away from the theatre that several of us have been to. It was the first place in Chicago to serve beer after Prohibiton. I'm sure we will come up with a meeting place.


The Berghoff is nice but I think it's just a stand up bar for commuters now. There's a Tilted Kilt bar at 17 N. Wabash that is real nice. Meet Wendy .. she tends bar there ...










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  posted on 5/16/2013 at 02:06 PM
The Berghoff has always been a stand-up bar..............

 

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  posted on 5/16/2013 at 02:10 PM
That's right .. they closed the restaurant a few years ago.

 

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