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We've picked reliable, affordable places to stay in a wide variety of Chicago neighborhoods. Here are ten properties worth considering, from retro inns to apartment-style hotels.

The Rooms Clean and spare. For more, book one of the suites, which have generous sitting rooms adjacent to the bedrooms.

Plus Boutique shops, tiny eateries, and the nearby Vic Theatre make for a lively neighborhood.

Minus The hotel is sandwiched between buildings; you won't have a view.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in all rooms and public spaces.

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover, Diners Club.

Details 933 W. Belmont, 800/248-9108 or 773/404-3400, cityinns.com/citysuites/, doubles from $159.

Hotel Type Hotel.

Relevant Lifestyle Family-friendly, GLBT-friendly.

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THE MARGARITA EUROPEAN INN
'Hood Evanston, two blocks from the Davis stop on the El train's Purple Line and 30 to 45 minutes from downtown Chicago. This suburban hub—known for its dignified mansions and woodsy parks—is anchored by Northwestern University.

First Impression Originally built in 1927 to provide "proper" housing for single businesswomen, this European-style hotel is remarkably well preserved. Entering the Grand Parlor from the lobby is like walking into the past; the room is outfitted with antique furniture, a working fireplace, and shelves lined with blue-and-white porcelain.

The Rooms Charming. Floral-pattern bedspreads and curtains, period-style ceiling fans and light fixtures, and antique dark-wood furniture successfully strike an early-20th-century note.

Plus It's a bargain, after you factor in the free continental breakfast and the rooftop deck, from which you can see downtown Evanston.

Minus Some of the cheaper rooms share a communal bathroom. Be sure to ask about your room's facilities before you book.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in common areas.

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover, Diners Club.

Details 1566 Oak Ave., Evanston, IL, 847/869-2273, margaritainn.com, singles from $79.

Hotel Type Hotel.

Relevant Lifestyle Family-friendly.

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WICKER PARK INN
'Hood Wicker Park, where residents of the area's brownstones can be found chatting in sidewalk cafés, restaurants, and rock clubs.

First Impression The brownstone that houses this B&B shares the urban loft aesthetics of its owners, Mikky and Laura Wright, who formerly ran the hip Alliance Bakery down the street.

The Rooms Each of the eight rooms has a name to match its themed decor. The Cape Cod, for instance, has powder-blue walls, white furniture, and sailing-related artwork. Heads up: The El train runs behind the Blue Line Studio, and the Provence Room requires that you cross a public kitchen on the way to the bathroom. Finally, two of the units are larger, multibedroom apartments that are in a building across the street.

Plus Close to the Damen-O'Hare Avenue and Division Street stops on the El's Blue Line; the downtown Loop's Theater District is less than 15 minutes away.

Minus The cancellation policy. If you fail to give two weeks' notice, and you can't rebook, you'll pay the full rate you were quoted.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in all rooms.

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AmEx.

Details 1329 N. Wicker Park Ave., 773/486-2743, wickerparkinn.com, doubles from $129.

Hotel Type Inn/B&B.

Relevant Lifestyle Hip, GLBT-friendly.

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