I am going to Chicago for the first time Sept. 17-21 with the hopes of relocating there next year. I have read several of the previous posts for what to do and must see's for a first time trip. I'm picking a few things to do; musuem, miracle mile, maybe the river tour and definately touring the downtown city area. I plan to arrange to have a Chicago Greeter show me around. My itenary also includes looking for an apartment or neighborhood close to downtown that would allow a large (yet friendly) dog.
I was hoping somebody could recommend an inexpensive hotel (or zone for hotel websites) downtown that is in a safe area and is close walking distance to mass transit stops. I don't need fancy frills or silk linens. Just a clean room and safe neighborhood.