Chicago is a large, vibrant city that attracts millions of tourists every year. There are hundreds of lodging options to choose from for your time in the city: hotels, hostels, bed & breakfasts, Airbnb locations, dorms, and more! You can always find lodging in Chicago by doing a basic Internet search, and of course considering recommendations from friends and family.
We have a few other local lodging options of which summer students can take advantage, listed below. Some have special rates for Second City students. While we recommend these options as a courtesy to our students, The Second City Training Center is not affiliated with these businesses, and you must contact them directly for information and reservations.
More and more of our students are going the Airbnb route. While we can’t recommend specific units and we urge students to read reviews, research neighborhoods, and use caution when choosing a place to stay, this option can be a great way to get the most for your money while you’re here. We aren’t able to set up housing for students, but please feel free to call our Student Services Representatives at 312-664-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about locations, need advice, etc. The closest neighborhoods to look would be the Old Town, Lincoln Park, and Gold Coast areas.
The Second City Training Center
The Second City Training Center is located at 230 W North Avenue, Chicago IL 60610 at the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street.
The neighborhood in which we are located is called Old Town and is a busy area with lots of restaurants, shops, bars, and residences.
Public transportation is the easiest way to get around in Chicago; most people who live here don’t have cars! The city has an expansive and user-friendly elevated train system (we call it “the El”) as well as a ton of bus lines.
Nearest El station: Sedgwick (Brown Line)
Nearest bus routes: #72 North Ave, #22 Clark, #36 Broadway/State, #151 Sheridan, #156 LaSalle, #11 Lincoln
For directions on public transportation to the Training Center from any location in the city, please check out the CTA website, www.transitchicago.com, and select the “Trip Planner” option.
Hostelling International Chicago
Reservations: (312) 360-0300
Located in downtown Chicago, Hostelling International (“H.I.”) is one of the world’s finest hostels! H.I. Chicago offers comfortable dormitory rooms (most with ensuite bathrooms), in-house restaurants, free wifi internet, and a free continental breakfast. The hostel is conveniently located by public transportation, and is open 24 hours a day (no curfew).
Rates: $36/night + tax in shared dorm room*; $3 membership fee is waived
*This is a special rate for Second City students. Please use promotional code “CITY” when reserving online or over the phone.*
The Hostelling International Chicago is located at 24 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago IL 60605.
The HI Chicago is easily accessible to the SCTC by the El or bus.
Chicago Getaway Hostel
Reservations: (773) 929-5380
This friendly hostel with a great atmosphere will offer 10% off all their rates regardless of room type. Must call directly to take advantage of discount and bring proof of participation (printing out your registration confirmation will be fine).
Chicago Getaway Hostel is located at 616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, IL 60614.
Broughton Hotels of Chicago
The Broughton Hotels of Chicago are a network of three neighborhood boutique hotels located in Chicago’s vibrant Lakeview. All three hotels are located in charming historic buildings that are close to public transportation and minutes from downtown. See below hotel descriptions and rates on how to make a reservation at any three of the hotels:
The Willows Hotel
555 West Surf Street www.willowshotelchicago.com Reservations: 18007873108
Public Transportation from Second City to Hotel: 20 minutes
City Suites Hotel
933 West Belmont www.chicagocitysuites.com Reservations: 18002489108
Public transportation from Second City to Hotel: 16 minutes
The Majestic Hotel
528 West Brompton www.majesticchicago.com Reservations: 18007275108
Public transportation from Second City to Hotel: 26 minutes
To make a reservation at any three of the Broughton Hotels of Chicago:
- Visit www.cityinns.com
- Choose one of the hotels
- Click on the “Reservations” tab located in the top right corner
- Click on the “Corporate Rates” tab located in the top left corner
- Type the corporate rate access code: CORP or Second City
- Select month then arrival and departure date on the left hand side
- Choose room type available and follow instructions to make your reservation
Or call the hotel directly and request the “Second City Training” corporate rate when speaking with the Front Desk Agent.
Cancellation Policy and Terms/Conditions: Cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to arrival date to avoid a late cancellation charge of one night’s room and tax charge; Rates subject to availability and blackout dates.
Reservations (312) 337-1000 and use promotion code PERKS
The James is a brand of ideally situated, residentially styled luxury boutique hotels, as embodied in its first property, The James Chicago. Representing the very best of what Chicago downtown hotels have to offer, it delivers an artful blend of handcrafted design, seamlessly intuitive service and personalized comfort. Located on Ontario Street, right off the Magnificent Mile, this Mag Mile hotel is just minutes away from Chicago’s world renowned shopping, dining and nightlife destinations, as well as its celebrated cultural institutions like Navy Pier and The John Hancock Center. Click to see Photos of The James Chicago
Rates: 10% off or more off our most flexible rate anytime when using the code PERKS.
Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace
Reservations: (888) 860-3400
Stay close. Stay at the best! The Best Western Hawthorne Terrace, a boutique hotel located close to Second City at the lakefront and just minutes from downtown, is the place to stay in Chicago. Hawthorne Terrace offers beautiful accommodations, with all of the amenities travelers need in a classic setting. Enjoy complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, wifi internet, cable TV, inroom refrigerators and microwaves. The hotel is conveniently located by public transportation, and in the heart of the Lakeview nightlife, dining, and entertainment.
*30% off standard rates. This is a special rate for Second City students. Please mention that you are Second City summer student when making your reservation over the phone.*
The Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace is located at 3434 N. Broadway, Chicago IL 60657.
Direct link to booking: https://www.jdvhotels.com/book/reservations/LPK?%20&promo_type=corporateid&promo_code=WBLPKSCTY
Reservations: (855) 514-8112
Discount Rates: Second City Students are offered the “Lowest Preferred Rate” or “Negotiated Rate”
$179.00 range on weekdays; weekend prices may vary based on occupancy.
*Check the Direct Link for rates on specific days. Blackout dates do apply.
The Hotel Lincoln is located right around the corner from the Second City Training Center at 1816 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614.
Direct link to booking: http://goo.gl/eskOUj
Reservations: (877) 8-INDIGO
Hotel Indigo Front Desk: (312) 787-4980
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The Hotel Indigo is 0.7 miles away from the Second City in the nearby Gold Coast area at 1244 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610.
Information & Reservations: http://chicagosummerhousing.com (877) 4-UCCINFO
Located in downtown Chicago, the University Center offers unique weekly housing options for summer travelers. Guests choose either a shared 4-person semi-suite, or a 4-person apartment (both with shared bathrooms). All rooms include an extra-long twin bed, desk and chair, bookcase, closet with organizer, Internet access, linens, and weekly housekeeping services. Apartments include private bedrooms, a common living/dining room, and a full kitchen. Weekly housing includes the use of the common recreation area, fitness center, outdoor terrace, and dining area. Guests also have the added benefit of access to a kitchen, laundry facilities and bike storage. The weekly contract fee is based on a Sunday through Sunday stay and cannot be prorated. University Center is conveniently located in the heart of the Loop: close to public transportation, shopping, and nightlife. Please visit the University Center website for additional information and reservations.
Quad Semi-Suite (Double Occupancy) Weekly Housing: Rates available at UC website
Quad Semi-Suite (Single Occupancy) Weekly Housing: Rates available at UC website
4-Bedroom Apartment (Private Bedroom) Weekly Housing: Rates available at UC website
The University Center is located at 525 S. State St, Chicago IL 60605.