Chicago, IL

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Chicago which includes street scenes, a city and a skyscraper

A modern metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan that’s defined by a love for fine art, baseball and the blues.

Stroll museums and parks filled with art, and catch live blues any night of the week in Chicago’s bustling Downtown district. Or catch a lively sports game in this home to the Cubs and White Sox baseball teams, and the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

This metropolis is the third largest city in America, but getting around is easy thanks to the efficient above ground train, the ‘L’. Get your bearings from the tallest skyscraper in the US, Willis Tower, which defines the city’s skyline. The viewing platform, 1,353 feet (412 meters) above the busy streets, offers unparalleled vistas of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and other main attractions.

Lincoln Park, just north of downtown, has beaches, sporting grounds and landscaped gardens. Soak up the history of the Windy City at the Chicago History Museum, located on the southern end of the park. Take a stroll through the indoor gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or spend an afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This public zoo houses more than 1,000 animals. Brookfield Zoo, 12 miles west of the city center, is more than double the size and features dolphin displays, big cats, a variety of primates and more.

Head back into the Loop district downtown for some of the best shopping in the city, along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. It’s a good place for lunch or dinner, or people watching while you sip a coffee or beer. Just south of the Magnificent Mile is the expansive Art Institute of Chicago well worth a visit for its collection of European and American masterpieces that include Monet, Van Gogh, and much more. Nearby is Millennium Park, a meeting place with public art and spectacular summer concerts.

Chicago’s Museum Campus is located in the South Loop, just a few miles by car or a few stops on the “L” from downtown. The Field Museum is filled with natural history, while the Museum of Science has interactive exhibits such as a mock coal mine and an airplane.

Some of America’s most influential figures came from Chicago. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum and House, where the famous writer was born. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first house is in the pretty Oak Park neighborhood (called the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio). He designed many houses and buildings in the area, including Unity Temple, considered one of his best. On your way back into town, stop off at the Garfield Park Conservatory, an urban oasis of rare and exotic plants.

No trip to Chicago would be complete without catching a baseball game at the legendary Wrigley Field. At night, head to Navy Pier, packed with lively bars and restaurants. Another option is to head out for a night of blues at one of Chicago's legendary clubs. Check out B.L.U.E.S. near downtown on Chicago's north side or Kingston Mines a few miles north near Lincoln Park. Both of these long established venues have music every night of the week.

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Where to stay in Chicago

Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥12,585 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts Building ...
3.7/5Good! (4,136 reviews)
"the showers should have more pressure in the water"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Congress Plaza Hotel
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥26,295 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,170 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Regency. Staff was friendly and the building was clean. Check in was smooth and the staff constantly made sure we had everything we needed."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Hyatt Regency Chicago
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥15,929 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Michigan Avenue, Chicago Riverwalk, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Ann and Robert H. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,521 reviews)
"Great place to stay!!"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago - Schaumburg
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago - Schaumburg
3 out of 5
815 East American Lane, Schaumburg, IL
The price is ¥13,752 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Woodfield Mall, Ned Brown Forest Preserve, and Legoland Discovery Center. Schaumburg ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"I loved the location and the price for what you get. It’s right by the mall and plenty of parks to take the kids or restaurants if you want to go out. Breakfast could use some work, but it wasn’t bad. They should hire a southerner for the kitchen and you might have something there."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago - Schaumburg
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
3 out of 5
59 E. 11th Street, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥14,483 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in The Loop, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street and Grant Park. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (792 reviews)
"Very nice and clean! View was nice also!"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
3 out of 5
110 West Huron St, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥16,780 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in River North, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chicago Theatre, Millennium Park, and Art Institute of Chicago. Navy Pier and John G. Shedd ...
4.3/5Excellent! (746 reviews)
"I loved the neighborhood. It was close to shopping and had great restaurants."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
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