Thank you for all your help. hope it is OK to keep posting in the same thread
Today,l I see a 4 star in the Loop/Theater area for $154 (Hotwire, entering 2 adults, 2 kids--that does ensure sleeping quarters for 4, right?) Free internet,pet, fitness,restaurant, Bus Center, Golf nearby, access for blind & deaf. I was thinking the Crowne Plaza maybe? Can you comment on that area for me and that hotel listing? Some in our party want to (window)shop mag mile, one wants Navy Pier, one wants American Girl, one wants museum and all want a little night life/maybe a show and we prefer to be able to mostly walk to these places or take the 'trolley', which I am not sure where it runs? Is mag mile/River North better access around than RN/water tower?
Still not sure about whether the savings would beat out the inconvenience of McCormick...my rather cheap purse string is trying to convince me it would...$74 today when I enter 2 adult 2 kids on Hotwire, it comes up $128 if entered as 4 adults. I am very concerned that it would not be the Hyatt, 'specially after your comment that is a large area, although the Hyatt is the only 4 star in the area reported that I saw. In the reviews and replys by the hotel, they make it appear to be about 2 miles from downtown, and the hotel says the bus (#3) stops outside their doors and goes downtown. Is this accurate? Is it not good to take bus? I want to avoid subways, is metra electric subway or L?
Secondly, I clicked on Hotwire regular rates, and saw the Mariot , mag mile, come up for 278 (which is my cancelable backup & price), when I clicked on it, it offered an upgrade to a 41/2 star mag mile/RN for 248. Pet Pool smoke free fitness restaurant bus center internet access blind access. What are your thoughts? I thought maybe the Omni? What is the location & hotel like for Omni or whatever you do think it is?
No one in our party is familiar with Chicago.