When planning a trip to Chicago, most people debate on whether to get a hotel room downtown or near the airport. Those hotels can be expensive and impersonal, and are often far away from the most popular attractions in the city. Instead of paying a lot of money to stay in a cookie-cutter hotel room, why not try one of Chicago’s historic bed and breakfasts? The Wheeler Mansion offers many of the same amenities as those large hotels, and it provides a distinct look into Chicago’s past.
The Wheeler Mansion is located in Chicago’s historic Prairie District. According to its website, it is one of the last mansions standing that survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. It is listed as a Chicago and National Landmark. Located south of downtown, it is close to Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, Northerly Island (part of Chicago’s park district), and the museum campus. The Museum campus is home to The Field Museum of Natural History, The Shedd Aquarium, and The Adler Planetarium. Downtown attractions such as The Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, The Art Institute, and premier shopping along the Magnificent Mile are just a quick cab or bus ride away. For those people who are in town for a convention, the McCormick Place Convention Center is a quick walk from the front steps of the Wheeler Mansion.
The Wheeler Mansion has eleven different rooms to choose from, including two suites and two junior suites. Each room has its own private bathroom. Suites at the Wheeler Mansion include gas fireplaces. All rooms are furnished with beautiful antique furniture, giving them a vintage, historic feel. There is plenty of Internet access, as well as public fax machine and computer rental. In a city where parking can be expensive and difficult to find, the free parking is a welcome offering. In true B & B style, there is a complimentary gourmet breakfast offered daily.
Staying at the Wheeler Mansion in Chicago’s Prairie District offers visitors a taste of old Chicago that is unique and inspiring.