Chinatown Hotel Sro Ltd.

214 West 22nd Place, Chicago, Illinois, 60616, United States
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which hotel do you recommend me?

by Rodrigo_Terrel

hi all.
can you tell me wich hotel its better , well/comunicated , the safest area ,with more people around of this list?
- Chinatown Hotel SRO LTD
- Hotels Howard Johnson Inn Chicago
waiting to your repalys...
thank you so much

RE: which hotel do you recommend me?

by ljbs

Of the 2 hotels, the Chinatown is much cheaper, about $77 for a single room compared to about $157 for a single room at the Howard Johnson. The Chinatown is in Chinatown, a Chicago neighborhood whose residents are mainly of Chiness extraction. There are many restaurants serving Chinese food and stores selling Chinese products. It is about 3 miles (about 5 kilometers) from downtown Chicago and it has good public transportation. The Howard Johnson is about 1 mile (about 1.6 kilometers) from downtown and very close to a major entertainment and shopping area. It also has good public transportation. I live in Chicago and so I've never stayed in either of the hotels and can't make any judgments about them.There are literally thousands of hotels in the Chicago area, You might do well to check a hotel booking site, such as It would give you information about the hotels amenities, rates, neighborhood. etc.

RE: RE: which hotel do you recommend me?

by Rodrigo_Terrel

i have checked this wed and this hotel are the chepest for my dates of travel.
please tell me which one you would book?
waiting to your replay...
thank you so much

RE: RE: which hotel do you recommend me?

by ljbs

I would probably pick the Chinatown, partly because of its price, but also because I very much enjoy being in Chinatown and eating in its restaurants. But I hope you will be able to get around to other parts of the city and sample more of our ethnic diversity.

RE: RE: which hotel do you recommend me?

by Rodrigo_Terrel

hi again,
is this zone safe?
which one is safer place to stay in? which one is more touristic? and which one is more alive at night? or are there more people at night around?
thank you so much

RE: which hotel do you recommend me?

by annord

Howard Johnson is in River North, one of the nicest areas of Downtown Chicago. It is in the better area. Close to the best restaurants and nightlife.

RE: which hotel do you recommend me?

by TRimer

Have not stayed at either hotel but can comment on the area. Chinatown- while great for dining during the day- is not a great area to stay in if you want to walk around and visit other tourist sites. The El station is not great at night. The Howard Johnson is in a better (but not great) location. It is on LaSalle Street near the highway. Great for people who are driving. Also close to a police station (so safe). But not wonderful for visiting tourist sites as the El is not close and you would have to take a weird configuration of buses. I would try to stay closer to Michigan Avenue.

Long term parking while in Chicago

by RickyBerkey

We are spending about 10 days in Chicago, driving from Central Indiana. I plan to use public transit for the whole time so I need ideas on the best place to park my car for the week. I am staying at the Chinatown Hotel (for cheapness and atmosphere). Anyone stayed there in Chinatown? Where should I park? Lots of luggage so looking for the smoothest solution to getting into the hotel. Will then be using public transit. Any ideas?

RE: Long term parking while in Chicago

by DSwede

If you in the downtown area, parking can be costly. Most places have pay lots, and the streets would either have parking meters or your car would have to have a city/residential sticker.

With that being said, not all streets have these restrictions. If you were looking to park for free, best bet would be to drop your bags off at the hotel, check in, then drive the back streets and parallel park there. Before you park, check the street for posted signs saying something like "No Parking Unless Zone xyz Permit" If there is no posted zone parking, you are free to park as long as you wish.

As a side note, also look for signs that post about street cleaning. Often the streets are cleaned once a month. If your car is parked there when the sweeper comes through you'll get a ticket. Posting will be something like "First Thursday of every month"... just move your car during that window.

RE: Long term parking while in Chicago

by KalamazooJohn

I wouldn't drive and leave my car for 10 days. Public transit into the city is a much better solution.

RE: Long term parking while in Chicago

by josins

Hope this is in time to help you. What I would suggest is leave your car in one of the long term lots at Midway Airport and get on the Orange Line. It will let you off right in Chinatown. Drop off luggage first then take Archer Ave. to Cicero Ave. Turn left, about four blocks down start looking for signs to lead you to the long term lots. Some are a bit away from the airport but shuttle buses will bring you back to the airport where you can get on the Orange Line. Depending on the time of day the driving time is anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 minutes. About 15 minutes to Chinatown on the Orange Line.

RE: Long term parking while in Chicago

by josins

P.S. Don't leave your car parked on a side street unless you want to move it every day or two. Any longer and people may call the police about the abandoned vehicle. It will be towed. The closest safe place to try that would be west of Midway anyway. I live around there and I know from experience that people do not like it when some one leaves thier car and takes off for Jamaica. They come home to a very big bill and a lot of aggravation. Park in the long term lot and have a stress free vacation.

Travel Tips for Chicago

University of Chicago

by meteorologist1

Living in and going to school in Chicago is something I feel honored to have the chance to do. You really get to know the city better and better day by day. As college students in Chicago, we really love Chicago's vast range of opportunities. We frequently go downtown to eat, watch movies, and shop the streets. It is something very rewarding for us to do.

The University of Chicago itself also has a great campus. Please see my travelogue for more photos.

It's hard for me to think of...

by anne_h

It's hard for me to think of Chicago as a tourist destination. I guess you have to go to the Sears Tower and all that, but you should go off the beaten path (downtown) and check out the south side, Wicker Park, the 'new' Chinatown around Argyle Street...


by cvsolfari

For anyone who is a movie buff, one place that should be on your list of destinations is Union Station. In the famous baby carriage scene of the Untouchables, Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia save a woman's baby as the carriage rolls uncontrollably down the staircase. This scene was filmed on location and you can see it all for yourself in the historic grand terminal. Walk west across the river on Jackson Boulevard and Union Station is about 2 blocks away. Enter any of the eastern facing entrances and you'll immediately recoginze the scene.

Ethnic Neighborhoods: Polish

by dlandt

Chicago as a whole has several Polish neighborhoods, some of them quite large. One of the more famous ones, that you will probably be close to is along Milwaukee Ave. on the North Side. I prefer one on the South Side, both because its cheaper, and because it has a better, though grittier "feel". We call this area Little Poland and it is along Pulaski at Archer and 50th. Make sure you go to the Gilmart, its got a great deli. A Zywiec sign will be in every other window (a common Poolish beer) but every place that sells Polish beer usually has a "wall" of beers which you can pick and choose from. usually they have not only Polish, but Czech, German and Lithuanian beer as well, all sold as singles. When I go to a Polish neighborhood, I usually try to get some of the fresh sausage. Asking for "Polish" sausage, will probably get you a question as to what type. Order "fresh garlic" sausage, and you'll get what you're normally used to. I also recommend rowanda, galupki, and kiczka, but there are many things to try. Quite a few things are just regular consumer items presented in Polish, but if you go to the bars, which are very working class, make sure you try some of the vodka, they should have several different kinds.

One word of caution, in this neighborhood, "dance clubs" are not places to listen to pop rock and bop on the floor. They're something completely different. Although this neighborhood isn't "bad" I would advise you to remember that you are on the South Side of Chicago and to stay alert, don't be too drunk in public etc.

Carson Pirie Scott - 1 S. State Street (1903)

by yooperprof

State Street at Madison - a one-hundred year old masterpiece by famed Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. This is one of the buildings that makes Chicago an architectural mecca. "Form follows function" here - but it also show that "logical" doesn't have to be dull.

Sullivan was committed to using the latest modern technology of his time while at the same preserving a human scale to his buildings. All the windows - even those on the upper floors - are like picture frames. I especially admire the elaborate ornament on the first and second floors. Sullivan wanted it to resemble bronze - but it is actually cast iron, a much less expensive material. The most intricate part of the ornament, on the northwest corner of the building, was obscured because of a renovation project when I took this picture.

(Alas, the Carson Pirie Scott store is closed, and as of summer 2007 the building was awaiting redevelopment plans.)


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Address: 214 West 22nd Place, Chicago, Illinois, 60616, United States