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Soon beer-filled Cubs fans and hardcore Wrigleyville party people won't have to stumble far to get to a hotel room. The Wrigleyville Hotel is on deck to open in the middle of the practically here spring season.
The boutique property, which marks the first hotel in Wrigleyville, will only be several blocks south from the Friendly Confines at 3469-75 N. Clark St. It's right in the middle of the hopping bars that are post-game drinking destinations and weekend hangouts.
[Editor's note: Thanks to Hotel Maven langtry for setting us straight.]
Chicago's endless supply of hotels is sometimes overlooked as people tend to veer only to those they really know right on the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Ave. The thing is, as soon as you trek
just one or two blocks off of Mich 28 blocks north of the city center, you're met with at least one other option.
Budget Travel lists the Willows Hotel as a "Secret Hotel" and rightfully so. Not many newbies know about the Willows, but the ol' school Chi-town clan do and they love the place. Love it for the French country décor and terry cloth robes, love it for the free breakfast and cookie hours, and love it for its location 2 blocks off Michigan and squished between many other neighborhoods of interest:
In the heart of the entertainment trifecta in Lakeview--depending on the direction you take, a 10-minute walk can lead to the restaurants of Broadway, the wine bars and theaters of Halsted Avenue, or the people-watching at Lincoln Park--the four-story Willows Hotel, on a quiet residential street, could get away with charging more for its understated elegance. And, as if the hotel isn't enough of a secret, it's said to rest atop underground tunnels once used by former guest Al Capone.
As for amenities, WiFi is available for $9.99/day but if it's any consolation, parking is only $22/night with in and out privileges and if you know Chicago, you know this is a steal.