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Chicago, IL
Travel Guide

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

Swissotel - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
4.5 out of 5
323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥13,681 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Aon Center are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,832 reviews)

"The hotel was beautiful, I was a small bit upset with the response to service requests from the staff. I.E. I requested some fresh towels and that the dirty ones be picked up....that was never done. Otherwise, it was a great weekend trip...I suggest doing it for the cheap price of the great ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Swissotel - Chicago
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Downtown
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Downtown
3 out of 5
1 S Franklin Street, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥7,707 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge. Chicago Riverwalk and Cadillac Palace Theatre are also within 10 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,006 reviews)

"Staff was friendly and the rooms were clean. Definitely worth what you pay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Downtown
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥13,322 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Clark-Lake ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,666 reviews)

"Hotel was absolutely beautiful! The beds are extremely comfortable and we had a really relaxing stay. My only complaint is that the elevators are really difficult. It took forever for us to get to our 10th floor room when everyone was heading up to the rooftop bar. Regardless, I would definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
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.
Staybridge Suites Chicago - Glenview
Staybridge Suites Chicago - Glenview
3 out of 5
2600 Lehigh Ave, Glenview, IL
The price is ¥9,035 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated in Glenview, this golf aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kohl Children's Museum, Glenview Park Golf Club, and The Glen Club. Northbrook Sports Complex ...

4.4/5Excellent! (704 reviews)

"I like that it was very clean and that the pool was open. Also the peoples at the front desk was nice and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Staybridge Suites Chicago - Glenview
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
4 out of 5
1140 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥25,871 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

This family-friendly Chicago aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of State Street, Second City, and Michigan Avenue. John Hancock Center ...

4.4/5Excellent! (50 reviews)

"Very accommodating , clean and good views. I will use them again"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
3 out of 5
100 Barclay Blvd, Lincolnshire, IL
The price is ¥7,436 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest College, and Chicago Botanic Garden. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (538 reviews)

"It felt like its own little studio with a mini kitchen and all. Very clean and cozy! Even came with shampoo and conditioner."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
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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