Even if you’re coming from the suburbs, traveling into the city for The Air & Water Show can be a real pain in the butt. Make things easy on yourself by reserving a hotel room; a nice, soft, conveniently located bed to find yourself in at the end of the day. Best part: you don’t even have to make the bed after getting up in the morning.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Places

2233 South Martin L. King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616
(312) 567-1234

As a sponsor, Hyatt’s near south side hotel is the suggested stay by The Air & Water Show. With newly remodeled rooms, the accommodations would be more than comfortable, with semi-fair prices. Plus, you’d be near Chinatown, a neighborhood worth exploring, though it’s not quite as centrally located as some of the other hotels downtown.

Travel-wise, it’s within walking distance of both the Red Line ‘L’ and the Metra, so getting around wouldn’t be a problem. It’s also right next to Lake Shore Drive for you car-people.

The Drake

140 E. Walton Place
Chicago, Il 60611
(312) 787-2200

Though The Drake is probably the most expensive hotel on the list, it’s also one of the nicest with the most to offer. Right in the loop, it’s around all the high end shopping and sight seeing you can ask for. Plus, you can do things like have high tea in the afternoon, all fancy-like. They just don’t let anyone (me, for example) enact in the exquisite experiences, ya know.

Conveniently located just off Michigan Avenue, it’s easy to hop on the 151 bus, which would take you within walking distance of North Avenue Beach.

The Belden-Stratford Hotel

2300 Lincoln Park West
Chicago, Il 60614
(773) 281-2900

Actually located in Lincoln Park, The Belden-Stratford Hotel is just a hop and a skip (and probably a few steps too) away from Diversey Harbor, where you can see the entire show with ease. While you’re not downtown, you are right next to fantastic beaches and the Lincoln Park Zoo, which pretty much makes up for lame things nobody cares about (like High Tea).

In case you DO want to go downtown, The Belden-Stratford Hotel is within walking distance of the Fullerton Red / Brown / Purple Line ‘L’ train, as well as a number of buses.

As Tom Waits (and later Scarlett Johansson) said, “Anywhere I lay my head, boys, I will call my home.” So whichever hotel you pick, just make sure it’s good enough to be your home.

Mason Johnson, CBS Local Chicago

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