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06-12-2013, 06:39 AM
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I'm not sure if you've looked in Lincoln Park, but that might be an area you can look for a decently priced hotel. Lots of bars around that area near DePaul and Wrigleyville isn't far either. The red and brown lines run through there which you can take into the Loop.

The O'Hare suggestion isn't bad either, there's a casino near O'Hare in Des Plaines called Rivers Casino so there's that. I don't know much about the area there though but you'd definitely find a decently priced hotel and then you can take the Blue Line into the city like IU mentioned.

From the airport, the cheapest option is the subway.. Blue line for O'Hare.. Orange line for Midway. But if you don't want to do that, you can do Go Airport Express shuttle (which is what I use a lot) and there are coupons for it on the internet. Cabs are a last resort option IMO because of the cost unless you want the convenience of having your own cab. In that case, I'd say use this app called Uber (and theres a coupon for $10 off your first cab ride) which will give you that discount.

If you do decide to stay in one of the north areas like Lincoln Park, there's a decent hotel I stayed in when I first came here called http://www.daysinnchicago.net/ -- Lincoln park also has a beach - North Avenue Beach so you'd be fairly close to that as well.

Also, try this website -- http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?showforum=87 -- It's a site that people use to post what kind of hotel deal they got when they bid for one using Priceline's name your own price tool and you might be able to get a decent hotel in downtown for your price range. Just another idea, I've had success with it as well.

Enjoy and hope this helps!
Thank you very much this is exactly what I was looking for, a cab to and from the hotel isn't to bad. I just want the convience of a closer subway ride than Evanston and not the cost of downtown.

Hopefully the experience is as pleasant as a Bruins fan lol

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Yep another great suggestion. $80/night for places like Hotel 71 is pretty damn good.
They normally offer a deal for $80-90 for a city view, and $100 for a river view. Last time we went they upgraded us to a suite, too. Very friendly staff, and would be a great location for an out of towner looking to maybe sightsee a bit.

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Sorry I'm sure I could find the answer by reading through the topic, but what's the best bar in proximity to the UC? Heading down tomorrow and will hopefully have a bit of time to kill before gates open to take in the atmosphere.

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Cool thanks...I probably won't get in there early enough haha but I'll make sure to check.

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Bruins haven in Chicago?

Hi -

Bruins fan here (insert wise cracks here)..I post on the Bruins Board pretty frequently... I am traveling to Chicago for the next week or so (staying @ JW Marriott on W/ Adams)..

I have all the respect in the world for Chicago and your Hockey fans (you guys are just about the opposite of "casual" fans) but would really like to watch games 5 and 7 (if there is one) with some fellow B's fans especially in potentially clinching games...

Does anyone know a spot that is Boston Sports friendly in Chicago? would be much appreciated..

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Yeah I see Boston sports stuff outside the place a lot.

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Hi -

Bruins fan here (insert wise cracks here)..I post on the Bruins Board pretty frequently... I am traveling to Chicago for the next week or so (staying @ JW Marriott on W/ Adams)..

I have all the respect in the world for Chicago and your Hockey fans (you guys are just about the opposite of "casual" fans) but would really like to watch games 5 and 7 (if there is one) with some fellow B's fans especially in potentially clinching games...

Does anyone know a spot that is Boston Sports friendly in Chicago? would be much appreciated..
You may want to look at an abandoned church or rubber factory. I guess if you don't go all out with face paint and an obnoxious Boston accent, you'll be OK pretty much anywhere. But I can't speak from that much experience, so I'm sorry I can't help you further.

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You may want to look at an abandoned church or rubber factory. I guess if you don't go all out with face paint and an obnoxious Boston accent, you'll be OK pretty much anywhere. But I can't speak from that much experience, so I'm sorry I can't help you further.
no worries.. not the obnoxious sports fan you speak of, but always nice to watch games with some of your own folks..

thanks everyone!

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Hey guys, will be travelling (a LONG way) to Chicago for G5. Wondering if we're alright wearing B's gear to/from game (driving so we'll have a walk to a parking lot), or if that's not wise? Haven't heard any horror stories but want to be smart travellers!

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You should be fine as long as you don't act like a jerk.

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Taking a road trip from Montreal to Chicago (home of the 2013 Stanley Cup champion hopefully) this August.

Looking at booking an apt through airbnb. What are some of the recommended neighborhoods? Which one should I avoid?

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Taking a road trip from Montreal to Chicago (home of the 2013 Stanley Cup champion hopefully) this August.

Looking at booking an apt through airbnb. What are some of the recommended neighborhoods? Which one should I avoid?
I would avoid the south side as a general rule. Looking at the neighborhoods on the site, most of them are in nice areas (north side, near the loop).

Cool site btw. I never thought about apt. rentals for travel before.

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I would avoid the south side as a general rule. Looking at the neighborhoods on the site, most of them are in nice areas (north side, near the loop).

Cool site btw. I never thought about apt. rentals for travel before.
Thanks! Will keep that in mind

apt rental is great. Usually more affordable than hotels and gives you a chance to live in less touristy areas

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I'd look for something within walking distance of one of the CTA lines north of the loop.


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Taking a road trip from Montreal to Chicago (home of the 2013 Stanley Cup champion hopefully) this August.

Looking at booking an apt through airbnb. What are some of the recommended neighborhoods? Which one should I avoid?
Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Near North Side (River North) will be the best ones.

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Is it safe to assume that once in Chicago, I can pretty much park my car and rely on public transportation to get around?

Is there anything worth seeing outside of Chicago within 45 min of the city?

any insiders tips of where to eat?

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Outside of the city, you have Oak Park (most Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the world, including his original studio), Brookfield Zoo, and the Chicago Botanical Garden (in Glencoe).

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Coming to town for game 5. Anything you can recommend as far as parking and eating/drinking before the game? will be there early. I went in 2010 and parked in a lot with 4 cars stacked....scared that I would be stuck but came out and my car was free but don't want that again. Any tips would be great. Thanks and go Hawks!

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Coming to town for game 5. Anything you can recommend as far as parking and eating/drinking before the game? will be there early. I went in 2010 and parked in a lot with 4 cars stacked....scared that I would be stuck but came out and my car was free but don't want that again. Any tips would be great. Thanks and go Hawks!
Here in Chicago, we have lots of bars that have free shuttles to the game. My favorite is Union Park Lounge (Jackson and Racine). It has 2 free parking lots, and you can bring your drink on board the shuttle! Other bars that have free shuttles that I know of: West End, Beer Bistro, Carmichaels, Bottom Lounge.

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Here in Chicago, we have lots of bars that have free shuttles to the game. My favorite is Union Park Lounge (Jackson and Racine). It has 2 free parking lots, and you can bring your drink on board the shuttle! Other bars that have free shuttles that I know of: West End, Beer Bistro, Carmichaels, Bottom Lounge.
and Hawkeyes that also has free parking and it's only $5 for their shuttle

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great, thanks guys!

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no worries.. not the obnoxious sports fan you speak of, but always nice to watch games with some of your own folks..

thanks everyone!
I was in Boston for the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, when the Cubs were playing the Red Sox. Chicago and Beantown have some of the best fans in the country.

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