Chicago or New York.

Old Jan 2, 16, 3:11 pm
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Chicago or New York.

I will add that I have already been to New York and I enjoyed it.

Chicago looks good but it's smaller and i'm not sure there's alot of touristy stuff to do there. I would be worried that i'd have nothing toget up to. It's really cheap though, I can get a excellent hotel for my budget. The only thing putting me off it though is the lack of a dayflight. Last year I took the dayflight from JFK and it was fantastic.

I will say I hated the attitude of some New York shop clerks.

What do you think?
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Old Jan 2, 16, 3:16 pm
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"it's smaller and i'm not sure there's alot of touristy stuff to do there"

It's like 10 times the size of the largest city in Northern Ireland. Would you tell people there's nothing to do there?
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Old Jan 2, 16, 4:06 pm
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It's a big city, that is for sure.

It just doesn't have the same cachet/rep as New York.

I've been once, briefly. I've also been to NY, for a week.

I'd go back to NYC. There are quite a few things I didn't get to do/see first time round, and there are quite a few that I can't wait to do/see again.

There are things in Chicago I do want to see--Wrigley Field, Sears Tower, ride the L--etc.

But given my limited travel budget, it would be NY again ahead of Chicago.

That said, my last trip was Hong Kong and Hanoi. The trip was to Hong Kong, and I went to Hanoi for a couple days because I wanted to see another city in East Asia, one that wasn't identical to Hong Kong, and one that was within my flight budget.

I knew very little about Hanoi, and I loved every minute of my visit. One surprise after another, all of them good.

In short? Try to do both.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 4:10 pm
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I am a student and this will be my last holiday for a while (unless my parents pay) as I have to save for a year abroad in America.

The hotel in Chicago that I have been looking at looks really great. But on the contrary, I loved staying in the financial district in NYC, there's something really nice about it that I just can't put my finger on.

Like you there are a tonne of places in NYC that I have not visited and need to see. But I don't know whether I should spend this trip going somewhere that I have not been to.

The dayflight is really swinging me to New York. I know that is trivial but I cannot stand night tatl flights - they kill me.

I have tried to add New York and Chicago together but it is too expensive with the connecting flights.

I don't have a clue what to do. My budget is very restrictive and I am trying to make the most out of this trip.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Owenc View Post
I am a student and this will be my last holiday for a while (unless my parents pay) as I have to save for a year abroad in America.

The hotel in Chicago that I have been looking at looks really great. But on the contrary, I loved staying in the financial district in NYC, there's something really nice about it that I just can't put my finger on.

Like you there are a tonne of places in NYC that I have not visited and need to see. But I don't know whether I should spend this trip going somewhere that I have not been to.

The dayflight is really swinging me to New York. I know that is trivial but I cannot stand night tatl flights - they kill me.

I have tried to add New York and Chicago together but it is too expensive with the connecting flights.

I don't have a clue what to do. My budget is very restrictive and I am trying to make the most out of this trip.
I find it interesting that you stay in the Financial District in NYC, though I realize that's much more of a tourist destination than it was 16 years ago. What hotel in Chicago?

I'm a NYer (well, NJer) who relocated to Chicago 25+ years ago, so I have experiences with both.

Chicago is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States. What are your interests? Happy to suggest some sights that would meet your requirements.

American Airlines has daytime flights to London. Departs at 8:55 am and arrives at 10:40 pm.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 4:34 pm
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"I have tried to add New York and Chicago together but it is too expensive with the connecting flights."



Book an open-jaw ticket from your originating city to ORD, with a return flight from JFK or EWR. Book the flight from Chicago to New York separately. (Check southwest.com for flights on Southwest Airlines from MDW (Chicago Midway, not Chicago O'Hare) to LGA or EWR.) Or, if you'd like to visit a third city on your trip, check Southwest's fares from MDW to PHL; you can then take Megabus from Philadelphia to NYC -- often for under $10 USD if you book far enough in advance.

Check travelzoo.com for hotel deals in all three cities.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 4:52 pm
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I find it interesting that you stay in the Financial District in NYC, though I realize that's much more of a tourist destination than it was 16 years ago. What hotel in Chicago?

I'm a NYer (well, NJer) who relocated to Chicago 25+ years ago, so I have experiences with both.

Chicago is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States. What are your interests? Happy to suggest some sights that would meet your requirements.

American Airlines has daytime flights to London. Departs at 8:55 am and arrives at 10:40 pm.
Yeah, I stay there because I like the fact that it's quiet, I also like the park around there. The hotels are so expensive though, Holiday Inn wants 1,100 for 8 nights.

I thought my budget would've at least got me a decent hotel.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 5:16 pm
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Owenc, when do you plan to travel? I'm seeing ORD-LGA nonstops on AA and UA for just $62 USD one way in late February. (Add $25 if you need to check a bag.)
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Owenc, I am moving your thread to the FT Chicago Forum. Some of the sharpest people on Flyertalk are from Chicago and I'm sure you will receive some good advice.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 5:34 pm
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Your budget (whatever it is) will go a lot farther in Chicago than in NYC.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 5:50 pm
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I am a student and this will be my last holiday for a while (unless my parents pay) as I have to save for a year abroad in America.

The hotel in Chicago that I have been looking at looks really great. But on the contrary, I loved staying in the financial district in NYC, there's something really nice about it that I just can't put my finger on.

Like you there are a tonne of places in NYC that I have not visited and need to see. But I don't know whether I should spend this trip going somewhere that I have not been to.

The dayflight is really swinging me to New York. I know that is trivial but I cannot stand night tatl flights - they kill me.

I have tried to add New York and Chicago together but it is too expensive with the connecting flights.

I don't have a clue what to do. My budget is very restrictive and I am trying to make the most out of this trip.
AA has a day flight ORD-LHR, it departs ORD at 850am.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 8:03 pm
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Hi, it's not even that. I would just be worried that Chicago wouldn't have enough for me to do.

For example places like times square or the Statue of Liberty
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Old Jan 2, 16, 8:39 pm
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Hi, it's not even that. I would just be worried that Chicago wouldn't have enough for me to do.

For example places like times square or the Statue of Liberty
Chicago has countless tourist activities, but you have to tell us what kinds of things you like to see and why. How much time do you spend in Times Square and are you going to the theater, eating at the (chain) restaurants, surfing the porn stores or just taking photos with the cartoon characters? We don't have Times Square in Chicago, but we have plenty of theater, shopping, etc.

Check out this thread for some Chicago recommendations from insiders.

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Old Jan 2, 16, 8:46 pm
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Well in NYC I spent alot of time around the Financial district eating in the restaurants. There was this place called "le district" we went there alot, also walked along the side road with views to Jersey city. One day was spent shopping and another going to staten island and the central park. I have considered going on a daytrip to Philadelphia or Boston but don't know if that we be too much hassle.

I have tried to get the two combined but the crazy hotel prices make that impossible.

I really don't know what to do, I keep swinging back and forth. On one hand I don't want to miss out on another city but on the otherhand don't want to go somewhere where I could potentially be bored and not have things to do.
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Old Jan 2, 16, 9:10 pm
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"I have tried to get the two combined but the crazy hotel prices make that impossible."

What sites have you been using to check hotel prices? What time of year will you be traveling? Are you amenable to staying outside Manhattan, near a subway station; or is the hotel where you stay an important part of your travel enjoyment?

Provide a little more information, and we can provide better assistance.
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