I'm sorry, but size does matter when it comes to where I'm staying when I go on vacation. I'll never forget our honeymoon when we stayed at this "boutique" hotel in the middle of Paris only to be disappointed how spatially challenged it was. The "elevator" was about the size of a vertically oriented coffin so I had to shove all our luggage in it, press the 3rd floor button, and then run up the circular stairs to try and meet it at the top before the doors closed on me with my luggage still in the elevator. Once we got to our room, it was one of those shoeboxes where you could potentially pull out the dresser drawer and accidentally hip bump your partner out of the window. The bathroom was a shower- toilet-sink, all in one closet contraption so that EVERYTHING was wet after you took a shower. Good times... OK, enough about Paris, as we've all had those experiences. If you're going to Chicago to hit all the shops on the Magnificent Mile wouldn't it be nice to have a 900 or 1,800 square foot apartment to spread your wares and compare your shopping finds with your family or friends!? A typical Magnificent Mile hotel room is around 300 square feet and has no living room to lounge in, or kitchen to fix a snack or drink in, or bedroom door to close. And let's face it, the Magnificent Mile hotel room you'd be in is a Stepford replica of the room next to yours as well as a room anywhere else around the globe in the same hotel chain . If you are traveling with your kids, you'll run into the same issue we do at hotels when you head down to the $40 breakfast buffet just so your child can eat two handfuls of cheerios and then proceed to run under the carving station table playing hide and go seek. $40 for cheerios?? I'd much rather buy the three dollar box and have the kids fix their own bowl in the dining area of a Chicago vacation rental while Mom and/or Dad continues to catch a couple more Z's in the separate bedroom.
Chicago vacation rentals are about living like a local instead of living like a guest. A Chicago vacation rental brownstone is about the privacy, the personal experience, the amenities, the ability to cook if you want, the occasion to open that specially selected bottle of wine while watching the people stroll down a tree-lined neighborhood street, and most of all... the room to share it all with family or friends.
Consider First Class Chicago for your Chicago vacation rental and you'll have the room to tailor your downtown Chicago experience. Size does matter.