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Detroit, Michigan
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Have a car where to stay

We will be driving and are wondering where to stay? In the core area (are there hotels with parking and are they really high?) or in the northern area or other?

Should we be looking to book an appt through vrbo or should we stay in a hotel?

Chi Town
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1. Re: Have a car where to stay

More info would be needed, what vibe do u like. I stay at the W 5-6 times a year becuase I luv it , but it has a bit of a Vegasy vibe.

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2. Re: Have a car where to stay

Keep in mind even your hotel will charge you $40 to $50 per day/night to park. There really arent any cheaper lots that will allow you to pakr overnight. I woudl recommend not bringing a car, if you must it's probably expensive enough that its worth the hassle to park in the burbs and take a metra ride into the city.

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3. Re: Have a car where to stay

Best weekend value for parking is at Sterling Self-Park Garage (312-341-3463). It's in a high-rise apartment building at 123 West Kinzie Street. Entrance is on south side of Kinzie, between Clark and LaSalle. Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) parking is $8 (includes tax) per day.

If you go to Hotels.com, you can see search by address (123 W Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654) and it will show you hotels in close proximity to the Sterling. There are several hotels within 1 block of the parking garage, including Residence Inn, Springhill Suites, Amalfi, Courtyard by Marriott on Hubbard, and Hotel Sax. All are well located and convenient to public transportation.

Chicago, Illinois
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4. Re: Have a car where to stay

Stay downtown and pay the hotel for parking of $45+ per day. If you stay outside the core area and drive downtown you will end up paying for parking anyway plus have the inconvenience of a distant hotel. Parking garages do not have in and out privileges so every time you go to a new garage you pay the high base fee plus hourly rate. It adds up fast. Park your car at your hotel and walk or take public transportation. How long are you staying? Do you really need an apartment? How about a suites hotels like the Four Flags Sheridan, Marriott Suites or Double Tree in the Michigan Ave. area.

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5. Re: Have a car where to stay

Check www.travelzoo.com for Chicago hotel deals. Many are offering great prices right now, some including parking (or discounted parking). In addition to the Sterling Self Park, Millennium Garages under Millennium Park are considerably cheaper than most hotel garages.

And with that, I'll second the request for more info. What are the dates of your visit, who is coming (ages, number) and what will you be doing while you're in Chicago?

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6. Re: Have a car where to stay

The Best Western River north is the only hotel I know of that does not charge for parking.

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7. Re: Have a car where to stay

Depends on what your looking to do while your here. If you plan on staying anywhere near the loop or north side plan on spending $40a day or more if you wnat to park your car overnight.

You really dont need your car to get around the city and its actually a hindrence as you'll pay $30 for the first half hour many places to park. I would recommend parking in the suburbs and taking a metra train downtown if you want to stay downtown.

San Antonio, Texas
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what I did was stay in Oak Brook and took the Hinsdale train into downtown. It is cheaper in the burbs. I have family out there, so that is one reason that I stayed there.

My brother took the train everyday into downtown for work. The western burbs are very beautiful and affluent. the old downtowns are very cahrming and fun too.

Livonia, Michigan
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9. Re: Have a car where to stay

My son lives in Chicago, we live in Livonia (suburb of Detroit)--hassle to park where he lives. We have taken the train several times to visit him. I would recommend checking the Amtrack train from Dearborn. Large lot to park your car in (free)--right behind the Dearborn Police station. Train takes you right into downtown Chicago. The train is actually lots of fun, relaxing, and comfortable. I would recommend if you take the train, pack a lunch. There is a dining car it is a little expensive, but the food is only so-so. The sandwhichs are "vending machine" style, pizzas are microwave. We enjoy the train, because you can get up walk around, take a dvd player (has place to plug in), or your headset. Seats are very comfortable. The other way you can go is via the Mega Bus (go to their website Megabus.com) they pick up in Ann ARbor and Detroit. Never did it, but have read favorable reviews, price is around $14 per person, one way---could be less depending on when you book it. I have heard you can even get seats as low as $1 (yes one dollar). Driving and parking in Chicago is a hassle.

Where my son is all street parking, people park by "braille" meaning try to pull in hit car behind you and than in front of you, hit them again, and now your car is in its spot.

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