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My bf and I are coming to chicago for a weekend in september to attend a wedding. I got such a cheap airfare that I thought it might be fun to stay in a cool hotel. The wedding/reception are in the wrigley building. The hotel for the wedding is $169/night and I figured at that price I may as well spend a few extra bucks and stay in a cooler place than the Homewood Suites.

But, alas, since I have siblings who live downtown, I haven't stayed in a hotel there since high school. Anyone have any cool suggestions? I want to stay either in the N Michigan area or the loop. And no Palmer House-- I've been there a bunch. I was thinking the House of Blues hotel-- it's pretty reasonable compared to some others.

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House of Blues would be a good (if touristy) place.

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I stayed here: Hotel 71

http://www.hotel71.com/index.html

In a King Superior River View room for $198. If you were going to spend $169/night anyway, this may not be too big of a price increase.

I have never stayed at the Homewood Suites though.

I really enjoyed Hotel 71. It's just west of Michigan Ave. on the river.
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I work at the Chicago Hilton but there are cooler places to stay than there. How about the W. It is not to far from where your weeding is at. I am sure it will be nicer than anything you have ever stayed at.
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How about the W.
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There are some really cool boutique hotels also, but rates can get quite high.

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Big +1 on Hotel 71. I stayed there around February for about $109. Get this: They didn't have the room I was supposed to get so they upgraded me to a $700/night boardroom suite! It had a bar, awesome views, and a 20+ foot boardroom table which turned out to be kinda useful. Give this place a try - you won't be disappointed.
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and a 20+ foot boardroom table which turned out to be kinda useful.
Did you have the kind of meeting I think you did?
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When I've had visitors here, I've used priceline and gotten some great deals. 4 stars in the Loop / Michigan Ave: Hyatt, Sheraton & Intercontinental. Paid between $64 and $88 per night. You can't pick your hotel; only area and class. All have been pretty last minute (1-3 days of arrival).

www.biddingfortravel.com has all the info you need (basically see others' prices and some tricks to get you free rebids)
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When I've had visitors here, I've used priceline and gotten some great deals. 4 stars in the Loop / Michigan Ave: Hyatt, Sheraton & Intercontinental. Paid between $64 and $88 per night. You can't pick your hotel; only area and class. All have been pretty last minute (1-3 days of arrival).

www.biddingfortravel.com has all the info you need (basically see others' prices and some tricks to get you free rebids)
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I've also used Hotwire and gotten the Westin River North and Hotel Intercontinental at great rates. I'd recommend either, although the Intercontinental had small rooms. W also has small rooms, although very hip. Hyatt Regency is good, but nothing special. My favorite has been the Four Seasons, although I'd never pay for it myself
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Four Seasons

A friend of mine works down at the Four Seasons, it's supposed to be very nice. I'm not sure about the rates per night, but I think it's pricey.

He says he sees a decent amount of celebreties in town -- in fact he met Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Sandra Bullock a week or two ago.
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I work at the Chicago Hilton but there are cooler places to stay than there. How about the W. It is not to far from where your weeding is at. I am sure it will be nicer than anything you have ever stayed at.
Good point. The W isn't far from your......WEEDING? lol

On a serious note, call ahead for the "W". Saturday nights is party nights there. They always have something bumping on Saturday nights. Maybe you could get your weeding on.
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What do you do there? I work at a Hyatt as Sous Chef.
I take care of there telephone system and all there telephone needs. I am onsite there as a contractor. I don't actually work for the Hilton.
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+1 on the W. That's a sweet place, but it is a bit pricey. Its also not far from your wedding.

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Been a while since I've been downtown (I think the Nikko is now the Westin??) other decent hotel I can remember are the Omni, Marriott off of Michigan Ave, Sheraton (behind NBC tower), and the Hilton.

Look, I can appreciate this. I was young too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought they were full of shit. Look, it's like they say, if you're not a rebel by the age of 20, you got no heart, but if you haven't turned establishment by 30, you've got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, no fairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, "What do you really want?"
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...and if you're REALLY in the mood to spend some $$, don't forget about The Peninsula.
According to most, that's the best digs in town - period.

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I take care of there telephone system and all there telephone needs. I am onsite there as a contractor. I don't actually work for the Hilton.
Must keep you pretty busy, isn't the Hilton the largest hotel in the city. Gotta be a billion miles of phone cable in that place.

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It had a 20+ foot boardroom table which turned out to be kinda useful. Give this place a try - you won't be disappointed.
you did it right there, huh?

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How about the W. I am sure it will be nicer than anything you have ever stayed at.
Ouch! I actually stay at the W in Manhattan every year when I go to NY. But I'm not a total snob. There's a La Quinta on I35 in Norman, OK that I really like as well.

Hotel 71 looks like a nice place and actually the riverview king room is $180 on the weekend I want to go. Plus it's right across the street. I really don't mind paying more, but it seems a shame to spend $300/night at the W or the Intercontinental when I can pay half that for a place that's just about the same. I'll let y'all know what the final pick is when I do it.
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House of Blues would be a good (if touristy) place.

All EMR asks is that you tell us which bars you'll be drunk at afterward. When your bf starts ordering up lapdances for random bar patrons...EMR wants to be there!

(too soon?)
That asshole. Maybe I'LL stay at the W and put him at the Red Roof Inn.

I think there's a Cubs day game that friday so we might be going to that. God help me if I rub my boobs in the face of Ronnie Woo Woo
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+1 on the Peninsula

Le Meridien is also great too

I've also hear that the Hard Rock hotel nice/interesting, but I haven't been there.
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I've also hear that the Hard Rock hotel nice/interesting, but I haven't been there.
It's WAY overpriced. Rooms start around $300
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Must keep you pretty busy, isn't the Hilton the largest hotel in the city. Gotta be a billion miles of phone cable in that place.
Put it this way I get my workout in just walking around here.
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