The Hawthorne Terrace Hotel in Chicago doesn't feel like a chain hotel, it's what you'd call a "boutique" hotel.
At 3434 North Broadway Avenue.
It was only a two minute walk and then a ten minute express bus ride to the skyscrapers of downtown. And for baseball fans, it's only a ten minute walk from Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs.
Really nice neighborhood, with lots of restaurants. And if you have kitchen facilities in your room like we did, there are two large grocery stores within walking distance.
Also, only a five minute walk from the shoreline of Lake Michigan and many walking and biking paths.
And, they have the best included breakfast I've ever seen in a hotel. Lots of different cereal choices, fresh fruit, yogurts, waffles, muffins, egg and sausage on a bun. Or you can just grab an apple or an orange on your way out the door!
I went to go take a picture of the fantastic exercise room with whirlpool and sauna but there were people there and I didn't want to invade their privacy. But it's one of the best exercise rooms I've ever seen in a hotel as well. And the people working there were always friendly and helpful, even the housekeeping staff had a smile for us when we saw them.
Thanks Best Western Hawthorne Terrace, you're the best!