Hillside, Illinois is only about 17 miles from Chicago, and cheap hotels in Hillside can offer you a quiet base for a trip to the Windy City. This small village has attractions to offer in its own right, including two sizable cemeteries with noteworthy statues and monuments—not to mention the final resting places of some notorious crime bosses and local leaders of the Catholic Church. Talk about strange bedfellows (or is that goodfellas?)!
Al Capone, Frank Capone, and Sam Giancana are all buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery—you can see Al's plain headstone next to his mother's. However, Mount Carmel is not just a draw for lovers of American crime history: The cemetery's monuments also include the Bishops' Mausoleum, the final resting place of the bishops and archbishops of Chicago. If you enjoy religious architecture, or just peaceful walks, the adjacent Queen of Heaven Cemetery features a stained-glass-adorned mausoleum by the Shrine of the Holy Innocents.
The cemeteries are on either side of Roosevelt Road—a major thoroughfare through Chicago. Therefore, the neighborhood offers easy access to the city, and Hillside hotels are never too far from where the action is. Hillside car rentals give you the freedom to hop on the Expressway and go into Chicago for the day, or to head to any of the numerous other towns that make up Cook County.
Before you head anywhere, though, grab a bite to eat in Hillside. Check out Butterfield Road for a good selection of American- and Mexican-style restaurants, particularly at the intersections of North Wolf Road and Elm Street. The intersection at Mannheim and Butterfield roads is another good block to find quick eats to take away and to munch on as you explore the neighborhoods and check into any of the hotels near Hillside.
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