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Alternative hotels and B&Bs for visiting friends and family

  • The inn at Longman & Eagle
The inn at Longman & Eagle
November 21, 2013|By Gwendolyn Purdom | For RedEye

As much as they love to be close to you, Mom and Dad would probably appreciate an alternative to your futon when they come to visit for the holidays. Rather than shipping them to a high-rise hotel in the Loop or a room outside O'Hare this time of year, we've scoped out some options that keep your out-of-town family nearby—without having to share your bathroom.
 

LOGAN SQUARE

Longman & Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-276-7110
Hip relations will dig the stylish vibe in the six art-decked rooms above the popular restaurant and whiskey bar with the same name. Located across from the Blue Line's Logan Square stop, the inn gives its guests priority reservation rights at the restaurant and two wooden drink tokens to try out a few of the 100-plus whiskeys behind the bar. Rooms range from $85 to $250. Details: longmanandeagle.com
 

BRONZVILLE

Welcome Inn Manor
4563 S. Michigan Ave. 312-493-2953
Innkeeper Mell Monroe and his staff at this 1893 historic home-turned-B&B will drop your family off at their first destination after breakfast in the morning. Some of the six rooms here, which range from $139 to $169 in the winter, have fireplaces and Jacuzzis, which might come in handy to warm up chilly relatives after a December day in the city. Details: welcomeinnmanor.com
 

GOLD COAST/OLD TOWN

Flemish House
68 E. Cedar St. 312-664-9981
These eight guest apartments include studios, one-bedrooms and one two-bedroom unit priced between $150 to $325 per night. The 1892 Flemish Revival row house provides continental breakfast and easy access to Old Town, River North and Michigan Avenue attractions. Details: innchicago.com


HYDE PARK

Chicago Lake Shore Hotel
4900 S. Lake Shore Drive 800-237-4933
With 184 rooms available, this hotel has views of the lake, free parking, a gym and free wifi, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner (not included) served in the attached Lake Shore Cafe. Rates go from $109 to $149 a night. Details: chicagolakeshorehotel.com


LINCOLN PARK

Villa D'Citta
2230 N. Halsted St. 312-771-0696
For a slightly swankier stay, this 1887 mansion converted into an Italian-style villa has six rooms for rent, with prices ranging from $129 to $399. The cucina (that's kitchen in Italian) stays stocked with snacks and treats (meats and cheeses for panini-making or fresh-made cookies, for example) and is available to guests at all times. A popular pick for DePaul parents, the inn is just around the corner from the Fullerton Brown, Purple and Red Line station. Details: villadcitta.com
 

WEST LOOP/GREEKTOWN

The Parthenon Guest House
310 S. Halsted St. 312-258-1399
OK, this one is technically a hostel, but there are several private rooms in addition to the dorm-style spaces, and with free breakfast and internet in a central Greektown location, more laid-back visitors may not mind the European-style experience. Private rooms run anywhere from $55 to $192. Most guests are international travelers; in fact, the staff has a policy against locals (anyone with a Chicagoland zip code on their ID) staying there, so only true out-of-towners need apply. Details: chicagoparthenonhostel.com


LAKEVIEW

The Old Chicago Inn
3222 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-472-2278
During holiday shopping season, this 10-room B & B offers guests a free gift-wrapping station on Sunday afternoons, complete with ribbons, tags, hot chocolate and cookies. Other perks include free wifi, free access to a nearby gym and a speakeasy-style bar, Room 13, on the garden level. Rates start at $90 and go up to $175 in December. Details: oldchicagoinn.com


ROGERS PARK

Cat's Cradle
7421 N. Sheridan Road 773-764-9851
Your group can rent out one of five rooms or the whole house at this 1919 residence with original woodwork and trim just a block from the lake. December pricing goes from $134 to $199 and includes an extended continental breakfast. Details: catscradlechicago.com


BUCKTOWN

Ray's Bucktown Bed & Breakfast
2144 N. Leavitt St. 773-384-3245
"We don't have any Martha Stewart blue or little-old-lady decorations anywhere in the place," innkeeper Ray Reiss said of his laid-back 11-room accommodations. Instead, the inn has a sauna and steam room; free coffee, tea and bottled water; and made-to-order hot breakfast "from whenever the first person wants it until everybody's fed." Rooms range from $119 to $189 a night and reservations by phone are preferred. Details: raysbucktownbandb.com


WICKER PARK

Ruby Room
1743-45 W. Division St. 773-235-2323
Serenity is a central theme in these eight overnight rooms attached to a spa, so guests are encouraged to totally unplug: rooms don't have TVs or phones (though free wifi is available). The inn has no elevator, but does come with California Kings in each room, steam showers and packages that include spa treatments for an additional charge. Rates go from $130 to $195 a night in December. Details: rubyroom.com/inn


ROSCOE VILLAGE

Roscoe Village Guest House
2100 W. Roscoe St. 773-633-3567
A fully-stocked kitchen and high-def TVs are a few of the home-style amenities available in this contemporary 11-room guest house. Visitors can rent out a room starting at $169 or spend up to $400 for multi-room suites that can accommodate six to eight people. Details: roscoevillageguesthouse.com


BRIDGEPORT

Bridgeport Bed and Breakfast
3322 S. Morgan St. 773-927-1122
In addition to the Sunday gospel brunches chef/owner/innkeeper Dave Samber hosts at his attached restaurant, Polo Cafe, his B&B has four rentable, Chicago-themed rooms (think the Sox Suite and Mayor's Suite) with rates ranging from $200 to $400. Guests receive free parking and shuttle service to the nearby train, too. Details: bridgeportbedandbreakfast.com

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