The neighborhood known as “The Loop” is the most prominent business district in Chicago, so if you are visiting the city for business, this is likely going to be the center of your activities and a great place to stay. The Loop is also home to Chicago’s historic and iconic Theater District, some of Chicago’s most beautiful public art, and a wide variety of excellent eateries. If you want to experience the center of the action in the heart of downtown Chicago, The Loop is where it’s at. As you would expect, lodging options in this area are some of the best in the city. Luxury hotels in the vicinity include the Fairmont Hotel Chicago and the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, while upscale accommodations include the Essex Inn Chicago and the Central Loop Hotel Chicago. For mid-scale lodging, you might consider the Hampton Inn – Majestic Theatre District Chicago, or for budget accommodations, the Travelodge Hotel Chicago is a great choice.
One of the biggest attractions in Chicago is certainly historic Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. Not only is the stadium itself located in this area, but the neighborhood around the stadium which is known as Wrigleyville also features some popular bars and restaurants, particularly for Chicago sports fans. If you are in the city for a Cubs game or for an event at Wrigley Field and want to stay near the stadium, you will want to look at the hotels in the Fair Park neighborhood of Chicago. The Willows Hotel, the Hotel Lincoln, and the City Suites Hotel are great mid-to-high priced lodging options in the area. For cheaper accommodations, the Days Inn Chicago and the Inn at Lincoln Park are great choices.
Wicker Park is the central district in Chicago for the hipster community of the city. If quirky bars and shops, live indie music, art studios, and inexpensive eclectic and ethnic eateries sounds like your thing, you might want to spend some time in Wicker Park during your Chicago stay. The neighborhood has earned such a strong hipster pedigree that it is sometimes referred to as the Williamsburg of the Midwest (the neighborhood of Brooklyn which is generally considered the hipster mecca of the United States), which should definitely tell you something. Not only is there plenty to do in Wicker Park, but neighboring Bucktown is also considered one of the cooler neighborhoods in the city, and Logan Square is right to the Northwest, making this area a great hub of culture in Chicago, and a fine place to stay in the city. If you are looking for lodging right in the middle of Wicker Park, your best option is going to be the historic Wicker Park Inn, a converted 1890s row house. Other hotels you might consider in the area include the Allegro Chicago, an excellent five-star option, The Oakwood at 200-Squared, and ExecuStay 215 West.
Hyde Park is one of the most famous neighborhoods of Chicago, home to the University of Chicago, the home of President Barack Obama, multiple notable museums, and a variety of bars, restaurants, and shops. If you are looking for lodging in the Hyde Park area, hotels within 1 mile include the Ramada Lakeshore (low-to-mid) and the University Quarters Bed-and-Breakfast (mid-to-high). Within 5 miles of Hyde Park you will find hotels such as the Chicago’s South Loop Hotel (low-to-mid) and Chinatown Hotel SRO LTD (budget).
If high-end shopping and dining is your thing, you will definitely want to check out the Magnificent Mile area of Chicago, which is often considered the “Rodeo Drive of the Midwest.” The Allerton Hotel on Magnificent Mile and the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile are excellent four-star lodging options with exceptionally affordable prices considering the quality of the accommodations. The Red Roof Inn Magnificent Mile is a great budget choice while the James Chicago and the Omni Chicago Hotel are excellent higher-end hotels in the area.