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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

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,876 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

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! (1,664 reviews)

"Party hotel. Great place to host a birthday party or any celebration."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront
Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront
4 out of 5
71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥11,292 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in The Loop, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Michigan Avenue and Chicago Theatre. Chicago Riverwalk and House of Blues Chicago are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,478 reviews)

"Will book again it was clean convenient staff was good"…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront
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 ¥6,969 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,014 reviews)

"I liked everything didn’t really see a lot of problems"…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Downtown
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

WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
2.5 out of 5
991 E. Lake Street, Addison, IL
The price is ¥5,811 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in the heart of Addison, this aparthotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Bloomingdale Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Odeum Sports and Expo Center and Ned ...

3.3/5 (77 reviews)

"Very best rates i have seen so far! Our stay was great and amazing! This place is so clean!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
4 out of 5
1140 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥24,831 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

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! (46 reviews)

"The property was very nice and the staff communicated with me very well"…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
3 out of 5
100 Barclay Blvd, Lincolnshire, IL
The price is ¥6,804 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

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! (531 reviews)

"Everything was good... we enjoyed it all. No complaints"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 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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