What is harder to get than tickets to the Grateful Dead's final shows—as in forever—over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago? An affordable hotel room.
Sure they are available, if you are willing to pay. In the tradition and spirit of Grateful Dead shows, fans had requested permits to camp overnight in parking lots—but the city denied them, pushing the demand and cost for lodging even higher.
Travel website Orbitz.com reports the Grateful Dead is having a strong impact on the Fourth for Chicago. The city is the number one destination for the holiday weekend, which has not happened in years, according to Orbitz hotel data. Hotel bookings for July 3, 4 and 5 are up 122 percent year over year and rates are up 77 percent.