I've been reading this board for some time and I know that my plans and questions go against some of the common wisdom from the Chicago experts, but I have some unique circumstances. Please tell me what you think.
We are a family of four, traveling to Chicago in July. We like to use VRBO to travel. Our style of travel is to get up early, wear ourselves out during the day and watch movies together at night. That's less comfortable to do in a hotel. My first choice is to stay in the Museum campus area, but the rentals there are undesirable for various reasons. The rentals downtown are prohibitively expensive. We have been drawn to your beautiful city to see the museums (Field, MSI, Shedd, Adler, Art Institute) and a tour of Wrigley Field (no game, it will be the All Star Break). We have no interest in nightlife, shopping or boat rides. I do plan a meal at the Signature Room.
I have a reservation for two rooms at a hotel in the museum campus (Best Western). I'm not thrilled about staying at a hotel or this particular hotel, but it is reasonable and it is close to much of what we want to do. I am considering renting an apartment in Wrigleyville instead. It is close to one of our destinations and plenty of restaurants and there are many reasonable VRBO options there (licensed options). But I feel like transportation from Wrigleyville would be a big hassle. I read here that Chicago has great public transportation, but when I plug my routes into Google maps, they seem very time-consuming. AND my husband has an aversion to public transportation. If I stay in Wrigleyville, we could get a car and park at the apartment for free. I know that parking at the various museums is a bit pricey, but honestly it is not much more expensive than round trip bus/train fares for four of us, so I'd consider driving a lot of the time if we stayed in Wrigleyville.
I'm just not interested in spending the money to get two hotel rooms in the tourist area of town because the cost would be much more and we'd have less space to do what we like to do on vacation.
So what would you do? Is there another area of Chicago that you'd recommend that is more accessible to our areas of interest but in a residential area that would have more VRBO options?