Most central accommodation is oriented toward business and convention trade rather than tourism, but there are still plenty of moderately priced rooms in and around the Loop, to say nothing of the myriad of establishments that are scattered alongside major interstates. Even top-class downtown hotels are, comparatively, not that expensive. Note, however, that a room tax of 16.4 percent is added to all bills, while overnight parking can cost $2 at a modest downtown hotel, and as much as $47 at a fancy one. If you’re stuck, try Hot Rooms, a reservation service offering hotel rooms at discount rates. While they’re not as prominent as elsewhere, B&B rooms are available from around $90/night; the Chicago B&B Association maintains full listings.

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