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Chicago, IL
Travel Guide

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 ¥12,234 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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! (4,536 reviews)
"There was NO Parking!"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Congress Plaza Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
3.5 out of 5
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥18,324 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 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. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,333 reviews)
"Staff super friendly loved the welcoming with warm cookies."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥21,478 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (3,218 reviews)
"Excellent location!"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Steps from Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 AllStar Suite
Steps from Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 AllStar Suite
Chicago, IL
Located in Lakeview, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre. Briar Street Theatre and DePaul University-Lincoln Park ...
4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
Great Trip and Location
"The place was very clean and fit the description. Check in process was easy and the location was hard to beat. Carla was very quick to respond and easy to communicate with. Only thing we noticed is that there were only 3 beds in the listed 4 bunk-bed room. Not a huge issue to us since we were ..."

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Steps from Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 AllStar Suite
Cimarron 1 Bedroom Cabin
Cimarron 1 Bedroom Cabin
3 out of 5
171 Hickory Bend, Hickory Hills, IL
Situated in Hickory Hills, this cabin is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Chicago Ridge Shopping Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of SeatGeek Stadium and Water's Edge Golf Club. ...
Cimarron 1 Bedroom Cabin
3 Bedrooms 3 King Beds Ideal Refuge During the Crisis
3 Bedrooms 3 King Beds Ideal Refuge During the Crisis
Libertyville, IL
Situated in Libertyville, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of MainStreet Libertyville and Advocate Condell Child Day Center. Lambs Farm and Independence ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Excellent place
"We rented the apartment while we in the area for my son's graduation from Navy Bootcamp. The apartment was super cute and clean and four of us comfortably stayed there. We were able to have his Aunt and Uncle come visit one evening as well and there was plenty of room for the six of us to sit around ..."

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

3 Bedrooms 3 King Beds Ideal Refuge During the Crisis
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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