The area that now comprises Burbank was largely undeveloped until the 1920s. Although the land drew substantial interest from real estate developers during that era, their plans for the area were waylaid by the Great Depression--including plans for a large railroad depot. In the 1950s, the land was absorbed as part of Stickney Township and its population tripled to more than 20,000 residents in less than a decade. Burbank wasn't officially incorporated until 1970. Today, the population includes just under 30,000 residents. Notably, Burbank is home to largely Polish and Hispanic populations.
When to Visit Burbank, IL
Spring and fall are the ideal time to visit cities in the Chicago metro area, including Burbank. Not only are hotel and airfare prices more affordable than in the peak summer season, but the weather is more moderate, and attractions are less crowded. U.S. News and World Report recommends traveling to this area in April, May, September, or October. In addition to avoiding high prices, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy some of Chicago's most exciting events and festivals. In the spring, Mayfest kicks off the festival season and is quickly followed by the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo and the Chicago Improv Festival. In the fall, you can celebrate Oktoberfest Chicago, dance the night away at the city's jazz festival, catch amazing new films from all over the world at the Chicago International Film Festival, or even participate in the Chicago Marathon.
Temperatures are generally too chilly to visit Burbank in the winter, unless you like the cold. Expect highs of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit in spring and fall, and a peak high of 84 in July if you plan to travel in the summer.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Burbank, IL:
Burbank by Star Rating
Below are 3 charts demonstrating mean price trends by star rating class in Burbank, IL. You can use these illustrations to calculate the most cost effective dates to stay in Burbank throughout the year.
Luxury Hotel Options in Burbank, IL
4 Star Average Prices: $113.29
The Residence Inn Chicago Midway Airport is one of the highest-rated hotels near the Burbank area. This non-smoking Marriott property offers plenty of perks including free transportation to and from the airport, complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, and free wireless internet. Reviewers note the incredibly friendly, welcoming staff who made their stay a special experience. The rooms are clean, spacious, well-appointed, and recently remodeled. If you want to save money on restaurants and take-out food, opt for a studio room with a full kitchenette. Pets are welcome, which makes this the best hotel in the area for animal lovers. Special touches include a picnic area, coffee and tea service, valet grocery shopping and dry cleaning service, and room service. Three nights a week make new friends at the Residence Inn Mix, a fun social hour with complimentary themed food and drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Affordable Hotel Options in Burbank, IL
3 Star Average Prices: $110.12
While Burbank proper is home to just one hotel, its location just two miles away from Midway Airport provides many affordable lodging options just outside city limits. If you're on a budget, we recommend the New Relax Inn in Bridgeview, just a mile from downtown Burbank. While the rooms are nothing fancy, reviews say that the hotel is clean and well-kept, especially for the price. All rooms are non-smoking and offer air conditioning and free wireless internet access. You can enjoy a comfortable and quiet stay with easy access to the airport, public transit, restaurants, and shops.
Another nearby budget option is the Super 8 Bridgeview/Chicago area, located in the same vicinity as the New Relax Inn. This hotel provides a great value for the money, offering free breakfast, free wireless internet, and free parking. It offers shuttle transportation to and from Midway Airport. Reviewers praised the clean, quiet environment and spacious guest rooms at the Super 8.
2 Star Average Prices: $90.53
Where are the real discounts in Burbank
The Best Western offers discounts for AAA members, while the Residence Inn offers discounts for both AAA members and government and military employees and veterans. The Super 8 offers a 10 percent discount for AARP and AAA members as well as 15 percent off room rates for active and retired military members.
Value Hotel Options in Burbank, IL
Although Best Western Inn & Suites Midway Airport is the only hotel located within Burbank proper, it's also a great deal for travelers who want a nice place to stay without spending an arm and a leg. Despite its budget-friendly price, it offers a fitness center, wireless internet, and complimentary continental breakfast. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations, so if you're planning a stay for a few months out, it's the perfect time to enjoy the Best Western's all-new facilities.
Best Attractions in Burbank, IL
A family amusement park called Haunted Trails is rated as a top attraction in Burbank by visitors. Despite its spooky name, Haunted Trails offers fun for those of all ages. Activities at the park include go-kart racing, an exciting tornado ride, mini golf, laser tag, batting cages, mini roller coasters, games, and prizes.
If you travel to Burbank during the summer, check out the Burbank Water Park, managed by the city's parks department. It's open from May to September and features two water slides, two diving boards, and an aquatic playground for young children.
Those who love authentic food from around the world will be pleased by the dining options in Burbank, IL. Standouts include Cajun and Creole standards at Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe, Polish fare at Mabenka, and Middle Eastern food at Al Bawadi, in addition to Thai, Italian, Mexican, and American options.
Chances are if you're staying in Burbank you're here to experience all the wonders of the Windy City. Luckily, downtown Chicago is just a short jaunt from the hotels on this list. To get into the city via public transit, take the hotel shuttle to Midway Airport, then jump on the CTA Orange Line which will take you straight into downtown via elevated rail.
Your first stop? Shop til you drop at the Magnificent Mile, a span of Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Lakeshore Drive that offers some of the world's best window shopping. Luxury department stores, first-class hotels, and gourmet eateries line block after block; for the most incredible experience, consider visiting during the holiday season if you can bear the cold, when all the windows are immaculately dressed with festive decorations. While you're shopping, note some of Chicago's most iconic buildings, including the Chicago Water Tower, the Tribune Tower, and the Wrigley Building.
If museums are more your speed, check out the highly rated Art Institute of Chicago to see one of the world's largest impressionist and post-impressionist art collections along with more than 300,000 international works of art. When you're ready to get outside, stroll over to Millennium Park, where you can experience even more public art, sculpture gardens, flowers, and prime people-watching. In fact, this is where the world-famous Bean sculpture is located. If you are here during the summer, try to catch an outdoor concert on the vast green lawn.
Located in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, the Museum of Science and Industry is housed in the only remaining building from Chicago's 1893 World's Fair. Spanning a staggering 14 acres, it's one of the world's largest science museums. Notable exhibits include a 40-foot tornado, a real World War II German submarine, a human-sized hamster wheel, a replica of a coal mine, a functioning eco-friendly home, and a 13-foot model of a beating heart. This interactive museum is fun for kids and adults alike.
Get an incredible birds-eye view of Chicago at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, located more than 1,000 feet above the city on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. Feeling brave? Try the TILT thrill ride, which provides an even more breathtaking vantage point by tilting you out over the city. When you've caught your breath, explore the interactive displays about Chicago's neighborhoods and enjoy a snack and a cocktail at the cafe and bar.
If you want to get active, rent a bike and hit the city's Lakefront Trail, spanning 22 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Along the way, you'll travel through some of the city's most venerated parks and attractions like Lincoln Park's free zoo. Stop and enjoy the view at one of the many beaches along the trail, which travels all the way to the Indiana border.
One of the best ways to spend a warm day in Chicago is by strolling through the Garfield Park Conservatory. In addition to 12 acres of incredible outdoor gardens, the conservatory houses thousands of plants in eight rooms inside its two-acre facility. But it's more than just sightseeing: this cultural attraction offers events and demonstrations like free yoga classes, beekeeping seminars, an annual flower show, tasting events, and lectures.
You'll find plenty to do during your visit to Burbank. Book your accommodations today and start planning your Illinois vacation.