Big Money Saver in Suburban Setting
If you really want to save on hotel costs, consider staying farther out of the city near O’Hare Airport. The Holiday Inn and Suites Chicago O’Hare Rosemont is one option. The pros: You’ll spend significantly less on your hotel room. If you’ve procrastinated in booking your hotel, the Holiday Inn may still have availability. You can enjoy famous, delicious Chicago deep dish pizza at the nearby Giordano’s Pizza without the long lines you’ll find in the Loop. The cons: You’ll be in a more suburban setting and will not be close to Chicago’s main attractions. On marathon morning, you’ll want to allot at least 1 hour to 1:15 to make the trek downtown by train (the Blue Line). You may want to spend some of the money you’ve saved by staying in Rosemont on a cab, Lyft or Uber to get you to the starting line.
I’m a proud member of the “One and Done” Marathon Club. I completed the Chicago Marathon in 2011 and count it as a great achievement one that I was happy to cross off my bucket list. I continue to run half marathons. I’ve completed 9 in various locations, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Key West, Monterrey, CA, and Nassau, Bahamas. For training in the Chicago area, I recommend Chicago Endurance Sports.