Printers Row in Chicago, Illinois, didn't start as a publishing mecca. Rather, this southern section of the city began as a seedy offshoot of the red-light district. Only after police raids shut down the less savory elements in the early 20th century did Printers Row actually become, well, Printers Row. Today, Printers Row hotels stand in one of Chicago's artsiest areas, a close-knit community still connected to its publishing past.
Visiting Printers Row
After making your way from O'Hare airport via taxi or shuttle (the two fastest options), consider selecting Printers Row car rentals. After all, Chicago is a big place! Still, you won't have a hard time finding ways to occupy yourself around Printers Row whether you're staying locally or checked in at another one of the hotels in Chicago. Start out at Printers Row Park, a meditative space in the center of the neighborhood that sets the tone for the area. You may even get to sample fresh produce at the farmers market if you show up anytime from June to October. Stroll down South Dearborn Street and pick up a mug of joe before checking out a little local history. Peruse the Chicago Transportation Building or the Donahue Building, towering edifices that once housed the neighborhood's many printing companies. South Dearborn also houses a number of quaint bookstores offering everything from independent fare to antiquarian collectibles. During early June, the Printers Row Lit Fest brings in major writing talent for talks and round-table discussions. Hotels in Printers Row aren't far from Museum Campus, and families with children should trek to it to see the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. To close out your day, swing back by South Dearborn to sample a slice of deep-dish pizza or an overstuffed potbelly sandwich.
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