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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

Downtown Chicago showing a city

Downtown Chicago

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning river views, and gorgeous architecture, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Chicago. Top attractions like Chicago Theatre and Chicago Riverwalk are major draws. Catch the metro at State Station or Clark-Lake Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Chicago
The Loop - Downtown which includes a river or creek

The Loop

4.5/5Wonderful!(9,195 area reviews)

Millennium Park and Grant Park are a few top attractions in The Loop. Hop around the city on the metro at Adams-Wabash Station or Jackson Station (Red Line) and check out the area's fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries.

The Loop
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

Water Tower Place and John Hancock Center are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Magnificent Mile. Travelers also love the fascinating museums, panoramic lake views, and popular shops.

Magnificent Mile
Shops at North Bridge featuring city views, a city and signage

River North

Known for its fantastic nightlife, stunning river views, and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in River North. Top attractions like Chicago Riverwalk and Merchandise Mart are major draws. Catch the metro at Chicago Station (Brown Line) or Merchandise Mart Station to see more of the city.

River North
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Gold Coast

The abundant dining options and lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Gold Coast. A stop by Michigan Avenue or Oak Street Beach might round out your trip.

Gold Coast
Lakeview featuring a park

Lakeview

4.5/5Wonderful!(823 area reviews)

Known for its great bars and fantastic lake views, there's plenty to explore in Lakeview. You can visit top attractions like Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre, and jump on the metro at Addison Station (Red Line) or Belmont Station (Red Line) to see more of the city.

Lakeview

Top Hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
¥7,152
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps from 900 North Michigan Shops, John Hancock Center, and Water Tower Place. Michigan Avenue and State ...

4.1/5Very Good! (9,764 reviews)

"Hotel was in a really nice area and the staff was extremely friendly, they made the whole trip great"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

The Whitehall Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
¥9,442
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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! (6,430 reviews)

"Overall this hotel is pretty good. The rooms are nice, it’s in a great location but it just feels a bit rundown? Shower was a nightmare to operate and the water didn’t run very hot. Heating couldn’t be turned down to anything cooler than absolutely boiling..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Congress Plaza Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
¥7,115
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grant Park and Columbia College Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,899 reviews)

"The lobby smelled clean and fresh. Location was awesome we stayed right on Michigan Ave. The room was cleaned to perfection."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Best Western Grant Park Hotel

Popular things to do in Chicago

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

4.5/5(4,796 reviews)

A ferris wheel, shopping, restaurants and more can be found in this waterfront  entertainment district.

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(2,088 reviews)

Tour the iconic grounds and catch a game March through September at Chicago’s beloved baseball stadium.

Millennium Park
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Millennium Park

4.5/5(7,111 reviews)

A landmark gathering place for locals and visitors who come to admire the unique art, architecture and landscape.

McCormick Place
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McCormick Place

4.5/5(1,766 reviews)

Attend an event at the United States’ largest convention center, which features hyper-modern facilities and huge exhibition spaces connected by promenades and sky bridges.

Willis Tower
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Willis Tower

4.5/5(3,309 reviews)

Visit the Skydeck and gaze down over the Chicago cityscape from a dazzling 1,353 feet above the sidewalk.

Art Institute of Chicago
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Art Institute of Chicago

4.5/5(3,353 reviews)

Explore a massive collection of works celebrating different cultures and historical times, from ancient Egypt to modern installations.

Top activities in Chicago

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)

84% of travellers recommend
¥2,417
Per adult
Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour
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Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
¥4,339
Per adult
Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions

94% of travellers recommend
¥11,853
Per adult

Reviews of Chicago

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

One of my favorite city’s. Wish I didn’t have to go back home!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

It's all about the service, again Thank You

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Chicago is a fantastic city! Check out the Signature Room restaurant and bar on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. If you go during happy hour the drinks are reasonable and the views of the city are phenomenal.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

This is a great hotel to stay at if you want to shop the magnificent mile.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Not a fan of big cities. Went to Subterranean to see Louden Swain. Awesome!

5/5 - Excellent

DTK

Feb 23, 2020

Do yourself a favor and go to the Lyric Opera.

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