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Young adult road trip weekend

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Young adult road trip weekend

Hi! Older teens taking a road trip to see Cubs game at Wrigley in early June. Arriving early evening, afternoon game next day, leaving early afternoon third day.

So not much time, but looking for a hotel area recommendations.

They will be coming up from Michigan so driving up to Chicago area. What is best area to stop/stay. Or how to avoid Chicago traffic to get around to Wrigley?

They want to see the bean, water area....what else to see in a short time..??

And for the mother's peace of mind what / where should they avoid?!

Do you have Uber out there?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

We have Uber here.

www.choosechicago.com for ideas for things to see here.

A hotel downtown is best. They’ll be close to a CTA red line train station which will get them to/from the game. www.transitchicago.com has the details.

www.spothero.com and www.parkwhiz.com to locate and save $$ on parking downtown.

Edited: 05 March 2018, 17:11
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2. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

Exactly how old are the teens - if there isn't an "adult" with them they may not be able to rent a hotel room. Try any of the hostels in the area...Chicago Getaway is about one mile from Wrigley, I've also seen a hostel within a couple blocks. Otherwise the usual HOTEL recommendation is to stay in River North or Magnificent Mile area for first time visitors.

Use Spot Hero or Parkwhiz app to save money on parking.

If they stick with Wrigley, Millennium Park, the lakefront trail, Navy Pier, etc (typical tourist areas) they should be fine, although need to use big city common sense.

Uber and Lyft are both readily available in Chicago, as are good old taxis.

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3. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

How old are you? Teens, even "older teens", cannot rent a hotel room in most hotels. You need to check that out very carefully. Hostels are an option. You cannot avoid traffic around Wrigley. Do not drive into that neighborhood; take the Red Line "L" or CTA bus.

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4. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

20 yrs old and 18 yo. I will check with the hotels--I'm assuming 20 is old enough, but I will make sure. Thank you for the suggestions thus far.

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5. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

Two things... first, they might not be old enough to rent a hotel room. And every hotel will ask for their ID at check-in... so they/you should ensure the hotel booked allows a 20 year-old to be the oldest. Second, if they are old enough to drive to Chicago they are probably old enough to do their own planning. They know what they really want to do... they are most likely adept at doing some research... let them handle and get approval from you.

Hope you/they can find what they're looking for. Safe travels.

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6. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

Once they get to the place they'll be staying, they should park the car and leave it until they are ready to depart Chicago. Even curb parking is expensive and isn't always easy to find. Plus there are all these zones with limited or no parking which are strictly enforced; fines are heavy. Plus traffic is bad and can be stressful for people not familiar w/ the city. The best way to get around Chicago, besides on foot, is using public transit (the "El" or buses). www.transitchicago.com for fare and route info. And of course Googlemaps is very helpful for point-to-point directions, whether walking, driving or taking public transit.

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7. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

actually, bikes are the best and most efficient way to get around town, especially along the lakefront.... i highly recommend them renting bikes and exploring around....

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8. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

Definitely call the hotels before you book. Most are 21. (I have a 20yr old). :)

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9. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

Riding a bike along the lake shore or off-road is fine but it's downright dangerous on city streets. Drivers getting out of their cars "door" passing cyclists. Even worse, the bike lanes on many streets aren't protected and there's a fatality nearly every week in the warmer months. There are "ghost bikes" and memorials attached to lamp-posts all over. A city cyclist has to be extremely vigilant to avoid becoming a statistic.

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10. Re: Young adult road trip weekend

I agree with CultureVulture. Along the lakefront is great for bikes. In the city where the hotels are Chicago is not bike friendly. As much as we like to think we are and with the preponderance of Divvy bikes it looks like it but we are not. You have to really know what you are doing if you are riding in River North or the Loop or near Michigan ave. Outside of these ares in the neighborhoods it does get a little better/easier.

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