Carol Stream, Illinois is located 35 miles west of downtown Chicago, giving you access to all of the perks of staying that close to the Windy City. One of only three cities named after the first and last name of a person, Carol Stream has many lush parks, which makes it a nice respite if the pace of Chicago makes you crave some peace and quiet. Because the town is a short drive from Chicago, Carol Stream hotels are a great starting point to your Chicago vacation.
Visiting Carol Stream
Carol Stream is 25 miles west of O'Hare International Airport and 36 miles northwest of Midway Airport. While cabs aren't expensive in Chicago in comparison to other cities, it's best to get a rental car at the airport and drive to Carol Stream. Once you arrive, there's a lot to do around town. Carol Stream is known for its many parks, with Red Hawk Park in particular being a great place to take a walk and the Elk Trail Recreation Center providing beautiful views of Klein Creek. Both are close to the best hotels in Carol Stream. The Carol Stream Ice Rink is a good place to break a sweat, while the Gretna Station Museum outlines the history of the city from the inside of an old train caboose. Once you've had a history lesson, it's time to head into Chicago itself. Carol Stream rental cars are the best way to head into Chicago, and North Avenue provides a scenic route to Chicago from the best hotels in Carol Stream. Take a casual drive east to the north side of Chicago, where you can head to the Lincoln Park Zoo and catch some rays at North Beach along Lake Michigan. From there, take a journey down Lakeshore Drive, view some of the iconic hotels in Chicago, and do some shopping along Michigan Avenue.
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