Schiller Park, Illinois is 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. While it's a small town with a population of less than 12,000 people, Schiller Park has been an integral part of Chicagoland history, especially during Prohibition and the Roaring '20s. Its location by many of the major freeways in the Chicago metro area make it a great home base for your vacation to the Second City. Especially since you can travel from the best hotels in Schiller Park to Chicago quite easily.
Schiller Park borders O'Hare International Airport to the east and is easily accessible via cabs, hotel shuttles, or the Chicago Metra train line, making Schiller Park hotels an ideal starting point for your trip. You can take a walk through the Schiller Woods Forest Preserve, which has walking and hiking trails from which you can view wildlife or simply find a perfect place for a picnic. Schiller Park was also a big hangout for Al Capone and his Mafia cronies during the Prohibition era, and The Great Escape Restaurant used to be Capone's headquarters during that time. See a piece of Chicago history while dining on a steak or sandwich. From there, you'll want to head into the city, either with a rental car in Schiller Park or on the North Central Line of the Metra train. If you decide to drive, take Interstate 90 east to downtown or take a scenic drive along Irving Park Road into Chicago's North Side. It will take you right by Wrigley Field, so you can catch a Cubs game if you time it right. If not, head south into Old Town and watch a comedy show at Second City, which is where many "Saturday Night Live" comedians got their start.
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