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Frequently asked questions
What can a history enthusiast expect from a trip to Chicago?
A trip to the notable monuments in Chicago will be a draw for the historian and history buff. And while you’re here, you can check out the acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums. You can also take time at the popular shops in this vibrant area.
What's the best place to stay in Chicago that's close to historical sites?
Based on our travel expertise, Congress Plaza Hotel is a top 3.5-star hotel for history buffs booking on Expedia, and it features 2 restaurants and free WiFi. Buckingham Fountain is a short walk away. A couple of other options near historic sites include Palmer House a Hilton Hotel and Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago.
How many historically relevant hotels are there in Chicago?
In Chicago, there are 2489 hotel accommodations bookable on Expedia, including 321 historic hotels or hotels close to historic sites.
What are the most important historical places and other sights in Chicago?
Chicago is notable for its monuments and landmarks like Naval Base Great Lakes, Civic Opera House, and Buckingham Fountain. Known for its theaters and museums, cultural venues include Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Theatre, and House of Blues Chicago. Other popular sights include Millennium Park and Navy Pier.
What is a historic hotel like in Chicago?
Guests who choose historic hotels have the opportunity to stay in a place recognized with a national historic designation. Historic hotels throughout the world can take the form of stately homes, palaces or even lodges, old police stations or skyscrapers — as long as it’s of special interest. These types of hotels in Chicago often retain authentic characteristics like traditional architecture and period features in guestrooms or communal spaces.
What is the difference between a historic hotel and a heritage hotel?
They are quite similar. “Historic hotel” is a term often used in the U.S., while you’ll often hear “heritage hotel” in Asia and Europe. Historic hotels tend to focus on the architecture and building. Heritage hotels draw their meaning mainly from the cultural value and how it influenced the community.
Do historic hotels in Chicago have modern facilities?
Yes, efforts are made to preserve historic facades and treasured traditions, while interiors have safety features and modern conveniences. Tourists who book a stay can expect the usual amenities from a contemporary hotel such as Smart TVs, WiFi, and updated bathroom facilities. Booking a historic hotel in Chicago doesn’t mean you’re picking a place that’s uncomfortable for guests or simply rundown.