Chicago

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Chicago showing street scenes, a skyscraper and a city

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.

Where to stay in Chicago

The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $104 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps from Michigan Avenue, 900 North Michigan Shops, and State Street. John Hancock Center and Water Tower ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (3,327 reviews)
"Very Comfortable"

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

The Whitehall Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $154 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Michigan Avenue, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Chicago Riverwalk. Ann and Robert H. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,604 reviews)
"They were exceedingly helpful."

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $122 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts Building ...
3.7/5 Good! (4,050 reviews)
"Great service and property has loads of charm. Slept great in the comfortable bed and quiet room."

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

Congress Plaza Hotel
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
3 out of 5
40 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $128 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in River North, this aparthotel is steps from State Street and Michigan Avenue. Wrigley Building and Chicago Riverwalk are also within 10 minutes. Grand ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,029 reviews)
"Jovan and the entire reception crew were fabulous, friendly, and went out of their way to assist this guest. The hotel cleaning crew ensures the lobby is clean, and the breakfast team was outstanding"

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
3 out of 5
59 E. 11th Street, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $142 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
Located in The Loop, this aparthotel is steps from State Street and Grant Park. Columbia College Chicago and Roosevelt University are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (870 reviews)
"It was easy walking distance to the museums and restaurants. Because the breakfast buffet was takeout only, additional trash receptacles in the room would have been helpful."

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
3 out of 5
110 West Huron St, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $135 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in River North, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chicago Theatre and Millennium Park. Art Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (799 reviews)
"The property was great… area / location is loud. Bed was dated.. as well as covers. I have stayed at other home 2 suites and the beds were very plush and the covers were very nice. Here not so much!!"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
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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