From the 1850s to the 1950s, the area known today as Burbank, IL was mostly unpopulated. Plans to develop the region were laid out several times and unfortunately abandoned. In the late 19th Century, A. B. Stickney, a railroad investor, set plans in place for a railroad transfer center encompassing the northern part of modern-day Burbank. The 1893 depression, however, meant that his plan came to a standstill and was unrealized. In 1920, Burbank, IL became a popular site for real estate developers but drainage systems were not present, and the Great Depression of 1920 impeded development.
When Burbank finally became part of the Stickney Township in 1952, construction occurred rapidly, and the population crossed the 20,000 mark by 1960. Burbank today meets Chicago’s city limits at Ashburn at its Eastern end. Burbank is also within 2 miles from the Chicago Midway International Airport.
Stay at one of the best hotels in Burbank and be adjacent to the 'Windy City' and Midway
The hotels in Burbank, IL and the surrounding locations of Oak Lawn and Bedford Park offer great amenities from free parking to free Wi-Fi. Relax and enjoy your stay for business or pleasure in the comfortable hotels in Burbank; they are ideal if you have a connecting flight the next morning. Prominent hotels in Burbank and the immediate area include the Best Western Inn & Suites, the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn, and the New Relax Inn.
Faithful to the Hilton name, the Hilton Chicago is top ranked by online reviewers for hotels in Burbank, IL, and adjoining suburbs. The convenient Hilton offers a breathtaking view of Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and Museum Campus. The 'campus' is a 57-acre park encompassing the Shed Aquarium, the Chicago Bear's NFL stadium Soldier Field, the Museum of Natural History, and the humongous Lakeside Center - McCormick Place.
And that’s just the start! It’s the ideal Burbank hotel for business executives and leisure travelers. Host your gatherings in luxurious style at the Hilton Chicago, as there is plenty of space for corporate or private events. Get excellent catering service and the help of one of 10 certified event planners to arrange for your personalized event. Choose from 50 breakout rooms along with three spacious ballrooms, and enjoy ample meeting space for conferences, exhibits, arts and craft shows, mitzahs, or weddings.
The in-house dining venues offer an unlimited selection of entrées. Start at the Kitty O'Shea's, an Irish pub with live entertainment while you select from a wide array of authentic food and drink options. If you’re just looking for a quick bite, try the Herb ‘N Kitchen. For all American favorites like steaks, head to South Bar & Grill.
The rooms are beautiful and clean, providing a classic vibe owing to the comfortable and contemporary furnishings. Amenities at this 1,544 unit property such as free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs are available for your entertainment and business needs. Plus, there are 12 specialty suites, so you don’t have to think anything but rest relaxation and rejuvenation. Upgrade to gain access to the in-house fitness facilities from a gym, pool and indoor running track for an event more uplifting stay. The best part, the Hilton is also a pet-friendly hotel.
There aren’t many hotels in Burbank, IL and the adjoining areas that match the level of the Hilton Chicago but these are still quite nice
The New Relax Inn
Located just two miles from Burbank, The New Relax Inn is one of the best area hotels. It’s a bargain for the price and is far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city. Hotel rooms are clean with comfy beds and you'll appreciate the fridge and a microwave, so you can warm up your food and easily chill beverages. Enjoy a relaxed stay, dine at adjacent restaurants, or shop at the local grocery stores. It’s ideal if you desire to save money on lodging to spend more of your budget on the local attractions. There’s no trouble getting an Uber to explore the sights nearby.
The Best Western Inn & Suites
The Best Western Inn and Suites is one of the Burbank, IL hotels that offer much convenience and comfort at a low price. If you have had a long flight or have a connection flight in the next 24 hours, this hotel is the one of choice for an overnight stay. There are always concerts or special events happening at Toyota Park, making it convenient to attend events at this venue.
Wi-Fi is complimentary in the rooms, so catch up on emails, the news, or enjoy a movie right in the comfort of your hotel room. Receive a complimentary continental breakfast, utilize the business center and stay in shape with the fitness center.
There are plenty of fun things to do in Burbank, IL!
Burbank Park District
For starters, Burbank is right next to the bustling metropolis of Chicago, and there are ample parks and green space. Visit one of many parks in the Burbank Park District which keeps up over 101 acres of park space in the community. Depending on which park you choose, you may find amenities such as playgrounds, walking paths, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts and football fields. Parks offer seasonal bathrooms and fountains, picnicking space, and Stevenson Park at 6100 85th Street has a waterpark, pool, and concessions.
Haunted Trails Amusement Park
One of the enjoyable things to do in Burbank, IL is to visit the Haunted Trails Amusement Park. This “creepy” themed fun park has everything for the family including go-karts, twisting and turning rides, and a ton of games with prizes. Or, challenge your colleagues, friends, and family with a challenging game of 18-hole miniature golf. During the month of October, don't miss 'Frightmare', a two-story haunted house which is one of Chicagoland's best seasonal haunts.
If you are willing to go a bit further than Burbank venture into Chicago, where opportunities for entertainment are vast
Willis Tower Sky Deck
Take an amazing selfie with your friends or significant other overlooking the Chicago city Skyline at the Willis Tower. Formerly known as the Sears Tower and built in the early 1970's, the observation deck opened in 1974 to the public. The cloud-kissing sincludes 110 floors and is one of the highest skyscrapers in America. Averaging 25,000 visitors daily, the 106 elevators move 1,200 feet per minute. Stop by and marvel at the breathtaking view!
Chicago Ridge Mall
Shop til you drop at the Chicago Ridge Mall which has a large movie theater to watch the latest flicks and there's a year-round European style carousel for your little ones to enjoy. There are plenty of full-service restaurants along with a food court, and the typical array of clothing, shoe, jewelry and specialty stores.
Art Institute of Chicago
Let your love for art take over at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the oldest museums in the United States. View hundreds of the greatest impressionist artworks outside of Paris from the extensive collection of the Art Institute at Chicago. For special exhibits, check the calendar on the institute's website and before you leave, be sure to pick up a memento of your trip!
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