Chicago to Minneapolis, available hostels
January 14, 2012 7:46 PM Subscribe
Traveling from Chicago to Minneapolis to be with a loved one, staying for a week-- cheaply?
posted by stoneandstar to Travel & Transportation around Minneapolis, MN (12 answers total)
My uncle was recently diagnosed with cancer, and he will be treated in the University of Minnesota hospital facilities in the near future. He has had some chemo, but as it didn't eliminate all of the cancer, he most likely will require surgery. It is looking like he will be hospitalized at UMinn for a week, from January 30th to February 4th.
My mom and aunt are driving him from northern Minnesota to UMinn on the 30th. My mom will be staying with him for the week by herself. I currently go to school in Chicago and I'd like to travel there and be with her and my uncle for as much of the week as possible. I'll be taking the Megabus to Minneapolis. I really have three questions:
1) What is the best option for getting from the Megabus stop to UMinn hospital? I've taken the Megabus to the Minneapolis stop before but was picked up by car. Will there be a safe/simple way to take public transportation?
2) My mom doesn't have a lot of available income and we don't know anyone in the Cities, so where we will stay is an issue. My mom's plan was to be at the hospital as much as possible and drive back and forth home (a 3.5 hour drive) because she can't afford a hotel. This would be difficult, but is (from her perspective) out of necessity. Is there some kind of cheap (but clean) hostel or other facility that would make traveling to and from the hospital much more convenient? My mom doesn't know much about hostels and is unfamiliar with cities, so I am doing as much research as possible to find an affordable place we could stay.
3) Basically any logistical info would be really helpful-- for instance, how we might manage public transportation back and forth from an available hostel to the hospital. I'm used to taking the bus/train in the Chicago area but I've never traveled Minneapolis without a car.
Any help will be very appreciated. I'll try to book housing as early as possible, but due to changing plans I might have to wait until closer to the date. Even staying for a few nights would be more beneficial than driving back and forth.