Can locals give me a feel for rush hour traffic on the freeway and in downtown Chicago itself, in the morning and evening. We are trying to decide between the BW River North and the Residence Inn River North, and will be arriving into downtown on a Thursday evening around 5pm. Just trying to figure out if we should try and delay that to 7pm or later, for ease of driving. We'll be parking our the car for the 6 days there, and taking public transport around downtown.
However, is traffic lighter on the weekends? Was thinking of trying to do a drive around Lake Michigan and might save that for the weekend if traffic's lighter.
Note: Chicago Blues Festival unfortunately will be going on the weekend we are there, so not keeping my hopes too high :-( But on the other hand, can't wait to see/hear the music! We are both originally from Los Angeles so gridlock traffic, while sucky, does not scare us.
Thanks a lot-