By Nina Kokotas Hahn
On Oct. 9, I’ll be running the 2011 Chicago Marathon — that’s just four weeks away, but whose counting? I’ve trained, woke up bleary-eyed to run in the dark, iced ‘till my skin was numb and stretched, even while reading to my kids. I’m a native Chicagoan who has run and volunteered for this race before, so I know the 29-neighborhood course like the back of my hand. I am ready. Heck, I’ve even done the one thing I seem to forget year after year: made a hotel reservation.
Every year, Chicago hotels book up wickedly fast in the months leading up to the Chicago Marathon. If you haven’t yet scored a room, consider reserving one of these top five Chicago hotels today. Each was selected based on location (within .8 miles or less of the race start at Columbus and Balbo), star rating, on-site convenience and availability (available for a two-night stay from Friday to Sunday at the time this blog was published).
Top 5 last-minute hotels for the 2011 Chicago Marathon
Nina Kokotas Hahn is a contributing travel writer and editor. Globetrotting since infancy, she’s the daughter of a travel agent and knows a thing or two about finding great travel deals.