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Parking + lodging in Chicago

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Parking + lodging in Chicago

Hi !

We (2 adults and 2 kids of 6 and 10 years old )will be in Chicago at the end of july-begining of August for 3 or 4 nights. Since we will be on a road trip we would need a place with parking.

Parking seem to be very expensice in chicago. We have a minivan so we need space.

Can you suggest us lodging with free or not too expensive parking ? any neighborhood recommandations with kids ?

Also we want to take the kids to a baseball game...Cubs or White sox ?

Thanks a lot !

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11. Re: Parking + lodging in Chicago

Thnaks for all those answers ! Staying in suburbs seems to be out of question. Now my main problem would be to avoid Lolapalloza. Our draw itinerary put us in chicago right at the same time !

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12. Re: Parking + lodging in Chicago

Check rates at the Hampton Inn Loyola - …hilton.com/en/…index.html

Otherwise consider Hotwire or Priceline Express Deals for options downtown.

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13. Re: Parking + lodging in Chicago

Thanks for the suggestion, isn,t too much ot of the way ?

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14. Re: Parking + lodging in Chicago

Depends on the cost vs staying and parking downtown and how much you value your time. The HI is close to the CTA red line. You'll be downtown in less than an hour.

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15. Re: Parking + lodging in Chicago

Patrick, exactly what is the ultimate destination of your road trip? Must be somewhere to the west of Chicago, as you are traveling through.

I can suggest an alternative - or even an additional choice - for a ballgame. The Cubs have an affiliated team in South Bend. The South Bend Cubs - and the games are very family-friendly. So maybe on your way through, you might be interested in stopping off in South Bend (where the University of Notre Dame is located.)

Also, don't know how much time you are allotting for each location, but I'll mention a few sights you and your family might have interest in when you are passing through northern to NW Indiana:

Fort Wayne, Indiana's 2nd largest city, is in the upper NE corner of the state. It has some very family-friendly options, such as their zoo and, of course, the fort itself.

Just to the north of Fort Wayne is a little burg which carries a big history in automobiles - Auburn. You might be interested in going to the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum when you are passing through. Every year, just before into Labor Day weekend, the town has their major festival - the ACD Festival - where, in addition, to a great car parade, they stage an auction of these valuable vehicles running into very serious money.

When you get to north central Indiana, you are in the area of the Indiana Amish communities, such as Elkhart, Nappanee, Shipshewana, Goshen, etc. If you get off the toll road and use "blue roads", you may even see some of them with their buggies.

I've already mentioned South Bend. If you are interested in another automobile museum along the way, there is the Studebaker Museum.

When you go westward from South Bend, you'll be approaching Michigan City and LaPorte (about 20 minutes away for either). Michigan City has their Lighthouse Museum - and they will probably be having some event. (They are attempting to boost tourism.) I've just mentioned a B&B on another thread in which you might have interest which is near Michigan City. Tryon Farm Guest House. Maybe your kids would like to stay out in the country along the way.

Michigan City is immediate to the IN/MI state line. You might take a little side trip up into Michigan and see the "Harbor Country" towns. However, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park are just 15-20 minute drive to the west from Michigan City.

Just to the south of the Dunes (2 miles) is Chesterton, IN, a nice little town - bedroom community. You pass the Dunes' Visitors Center when you are going south on S.R. #49.

There is a B&B there which used to be a railway depot - and trains pass fairly regularly along the rails. That could be either good or bad, depending on your thought process. They also have the Chesterton Art Fair around that time of the year; but if you are going downtown (to the west of S.R. #49), not only are there a nice selection of independent eateries, including an old-time ice cream parlor and a drive-in, they have the Chesterton Art Center.

Just to the south of Chesterton is Valparaiso. Between the two is where the 49er drive-in movie theatre is located.

If you take a look at the map, you will see how close Chesterton is to Chicago.

Here are URLs of each in case you are interested:

South Bend Cubs: www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t550

Fort Wayne: www.visitfortwayne.com

ACD in Auburn: www.automobilemuseum.org

Indiana Amish area: www.amishcountry.org

Studebaker Museum in South Bend: studebakermuseum.org

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16. Re: Parking + lodging in Chicago

Continued...

Tryon Farm Guest House: tryonfarmguesthouse.com

Michigan City Lighthouse Museum: oldlighthousemuseum.org

"Harbor Country" in SW Michigan: www.harborcountry.org

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm

Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana Dunes area, including Chesterton: www.indianadunes.com

Riley's Railhouse in Chesterton: rileysrailhouse.com

Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor* in Chesterton: www.dogdaysicecream.com

The 49er: www.49erdrivein.com

And, lastly, if and when you go to the Indiana Dunes, I strongly recommend that you check their activities calendars. For example, the first Saturday night of every month, the Indiana Astronomical Society has star-gazing at Kemil Beach by Beverly Shores. They also have ranger talks and sometimes tours. So well worth you checking the calendars.

*If you wish to try a local favorite, home-made ice cream from the immediate area - Valpo Velvet - made in Valparaiso, IN: www.valpovelvet.com

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