When it comes to planning a vacation, the destination is just the first of many important decisions. Once you’ve picked that, you’ve got to decide where you want to stay. And in big cities like Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, there are tons of options. Our travel editors worked with Priceline to find the best neighborhood to stay. Here's the Groupon Coupons guide to the best places to stay in Chicago.
Most of the Windy City’s hotels are spread out along the Magnificient Mile, but there are still some choices to make. You can stay at the north end and walk to beaches, the lake, and most of the high-end shopping. Or stay south of the river, which is close to Navy Pier and the Museum Campus. The good news here is that most of the main attractions are pretty close to each other, so no matter where you stay, you’re only a bus or cab ride away from your destination.
This neighborhood puts you in the heart of the action. It’s just north of the river and close to the lake, so shopping, restaurants, and public transportation are all nearby. It’s also easy to get most places in the city from here. The museum campus is only about 20 minutes away by transit as is Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. There’s plenty of good places to eat and drink nearby, but venture out to the West Loop (aka Restaurant Row) or Wicker Park for some of Chicago’s best dining experiences.
Halfway between the Loop and O’Hare on the Blue Line lies the bustling Logan Square neighborhood. It's a hub of Chicago’s dining scene, but with a twist. Destination restaurants like Lula Cafe, Giant, and Fat Rice tend to have high-end price points and critically acclaimed menus in funky, laid-back environs. After dinner, there are plenty of cool places to get a drink or enjoy the neighborhood’s ambiance—especially if you visit during the summer, aka patio season. There aren’t tons of hotels in this neighborhood, though, so book early if you want to stay here.