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ChicagoUnited States of America

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

Top Hotels in Chicago

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 ¥11,944 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (2,579 reviews)

"I cannot stress this enough, this hotel is amazing. The staff is so nice, friendly & helpful. It is literally in the middle of everything. Walking distance to restaurants & other stores. It is worth every penny."…"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2020

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥8,782 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22

Located in River North, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of State Street, Michigan Avenue, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago Riverwalk ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,590 reviews)

"Beautiful, boutique hotel in the middle of the action. Well managed and staff is well trained. Priced well also"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The St. Clair Hotel – Magnificent Mile
The St. Clair Hotel – Magnificent Mile
2.5 out of 5
162 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥7,109 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Art Institute of Chicago. Navy Pier and Cloud Gate are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1,291 reviews)

"Front desk was friendly, parking was a breeze, and the room was very clean"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

The St. Clair Hotel – Magnificent Mile
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.

Vacation Rentals in Chicago

Staybridge Suites Chicago - Glenview
Staybridge Suites Chicago - Glenview
3 out of 5
2600 Lehigh Ave, Glenview, IL
The price is ¥7,944 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

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! (674 reviews)

"It was fine. We only stayed one night and weren't there most of the time."…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

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 ¥18,274 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (43 reviews)

"The staff was very attentive and nice the place was real clean. I Would definitely stay again and would recommend."…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2020

LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
3 out of 5
100 Barclay Blvd, Lincolnshire, IL
The price is ¥7,547 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

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! (507 reviews)

"Free upgrade when asked for new room because of loud music in nearby rooms"…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

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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Reviews of Chicago

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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 8, 2020

Had riots. Some locations i worked at i didnt feel safe. Going to get food was a challenge. But these are trying times.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

I was born and raised in Chicago. It will always be my favorite city.

4/5 - Good

Dee

May 31, 2020

Being that most of everything was still closed the scenery was beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

None

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Loved going up to Chicago and would stay at this hotel again. I was called home do to a death in the family so I left a day early -- they were to send a refund to Expedia -- will that be credited to my charge card?? call me Rex Camp 317/507-4048

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Hell of a town! Luv it!

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