Chicago-Blue subway station and bus #66 is your best friend when you stay at Brett's apartment. I did my homework including mapping out the itinerary day by day so we know how to get around pretty well. We were two young couples visiting but this place is perfect for families too! Probably NOT FOR COLLEGE kids because I don't want you to ruin Brett's apartment. The pictures speaks for itself and the size and location is just perfect.
We managed to make breakfast and dinner at the apartment to save $$. We were able to relax on a couch at night and watch some TV while also having our own private rooms and bathrooms (thank goodness!). Brett was so sweet he provided us instructions on the counter to the closest grocery stores and restaurants. The neighborhood was absolutely cute!
Towels were available and the place was very clean. Here are some recommendations to people that are looking for a place to day and get to attractions (because I know when you are on vacation, LOCATION is the key!).
Navy Pier: Exit front door, turn right and walk 200 feet to the bus station. Take bus #66 (Eastbound) to the terminal (the bus comes every 6-10mins depends on time of day). Navy Pier is very close to OHIO STREET BEACH. Travel time was about 20mins, the bus basically took us DOOR TO DOOR.
Magnificent Mile: Take 66 (Eastbound) and get off at N. Michigan street. From there you can walk to WATER TOWER, JOHN HANCOCK, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART. Walk north for 10 mins you get to OAK STREET BEACH! Travel time was about 15mins
The Loop: Take Subway from Chicago-Blue and look for the loop (DUH!). Travel time to the loop was 10mins! You can get to pretty much everywhere from the subway! These include WILLIS TOWER (Quincy/Wells Station), MILLENIUM PARK/ ARTINSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (Adam/Wabash).
To Shedd Aquarium/ Field Museum/ Adler Planetarium: Best way to do it is to flip our your phone out and go on google map your way there. We took Bus #146 on state/Jackson and it took us right to Shedd Aquarium!
Get the unlimited bus pass it cost us $28 for 7 days plus a $5 deposit pp. We also got the Go Card too it was totally worth it.
We tried to keep the place clean because it is the right thing to do. We wanted a place to relax and this is it! I WILL DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS TO ALL MY FRIENDS!!!
Security deposit: Brett authorized the refund the very next day after we left! Perfect!!!