Originally Posted by dmbetc
Thanks Chris, very helpful!
What about hotels that are close to venue and in a safe/nice area?
First off - let's put this disclaimer out there for everyone:
Everywhere you're staying will be safe. Unless you're staying in Austin/Garfield Park/Englewood...you're fine. What Chicago has done is basically push the gangs into the south and far west and then abandon those neighborhoods. You know in "The Wire" when they create Hamsterdam? It's basically a real-life version of that (except not as extreme).
Personally? If you want to be close? The Drake, The Hilton Garden Inn (North Loop area), etc. are usually affordable and decent enough hotels. Hyatt Regency is fine too.
If cost is a big deal - I'd stay out by ORD and just take the blue line from Rosemont. The el runs all day every day, so transport is pretty easy back downtown.