Chicago Transit Authority
Downtown Chicago is pretty easy to get to from O’Hare Airport. Head downstairs, buy a CTA Transit Card, swipe it for $2.25, and hop on the a train on either side of the platform (headed towards Forest Park). 30-40 minutes later, you’re downtown in The Loop. As our luck would have it, the line that would take us closest to our hotel was closed for the weekend due to construction. Since it was raining, we ended up taking a short cab ride to our hotel.
Thanks to a late TravelZoo deal, The Fairmont Chicago had the best rate I could find for the weekend. The lobby tries to promote luxury and the room was nice, but it was nothing head and shoulders above the competition. It served just as our home base for 48 hours.
Comfortable bed, enough room to lounge around, 42″ flat screen TV with LodgeNet so you can connect to WiFi and then control your TV from your mobile device instead of a dirty remote (Android, iPhone). The best part about the hotel was definitely its location. It was a block from Wacker Drive, which runs along the Chicago River, and was basically within a mile of everything we wanted to see. Other chain hotels in the area were the Hyatt Regency, Radisson Blu, Sheraton, and InterContinental… I would just book the one with the best rate.
The only negative of our room at the Fairmont was the poorly designed bathroom. It had a walk-in shower in the corner that was undersized, along with a separate tub and separate toilet room that was small as well.