Thanks, thereyouare, AaronJB, for your very helpful advice. I noticed the price for the MMA/RN hotel I mentioned earlier dropped to $130, and after reviewing earlier posts in the forum, figured that it is most likely James Hotel. I then slearned that the hotel is close to Red Line, which gives a convenient access to two hotels I need to frequent during my stay. In fact, it will probably be easier to commute from James than some other hotels in the DT/MP/GP area where I have to either take an infrequent bus or long walk. Trader Joe's across from the street is also a plus. So, I gave it a shot, and as expected, got James Hotel.
Here is the description:
Price $130 ($390 for three nights + $102.75 tax & fees)
FULL AMENITIES: Free Internet, Pet friendly, Boutique hotel, Fitness center, Restaurant(s), Business center, Internet access, Spa services, Accessible for visually impaired, Accessible for hearing impaired, Accessible path of travel, In-room accessibility, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking, Roll-in shower
The lowest rate at the hotel's website is $180 and hotel.com has it for $212 for this period. I am happy with the deal I got.
Thanks again for all your help. You not only helped me IDing hotels and assess different possibilities, but also made me think what I want to get out of this trip. I was initially just thinking about getting to the event, but why not have some fun in Windy City while I am there ;-)?
And yes, I booked using the HOTWIRE link on the site. Love your Bidding.Helper!