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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.

Where to stay in Chicago

Downtown Chicago showing a city

Downtown Chicago

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning river views, and gorgeous architecture, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Chicago. Top attractions like Chicago Theatre and House of Blues Chicago are major draws. Catch the metro at State Station or Clark-Lake Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Chicago
The Loop - Downtown featuring a river or creek

The Loop

4.5/5Wonderful!(725 area reviews)

Millennium Park and Grant Park are a few top attractions in The Loop. Hop around the city on the metro at Adams-Wabash Station or Jackson Station (Red Line) and check out the area's fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries.

The Loop
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

Water Tower Place and Chicago Water Tower are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Magnificent Mile. Travelers also love the fascinating museums, panoramic lake views, and popular shops.

Magnificent Mile
Gold Coast featuring street scenes as well as a couple

Gold Coast

The abundant dining options and lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Gold Coast. A stop by Michigan Avenue or Oak Street Beach might round out your trip.

Gold Coast
Chicago which includes modern architecture and a city

Lincoln Park

5/5Exceptional!(20 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and fantastic lake views, there's plenty to explore in Lincoln Park. You can visit top attractions like Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Hall, and jump on the metro at Fullerton Station or Armitage Station to see more of the city.

Lincoln Park
South Loop which includes a high-rise building and a city

South Loop

4/5Very Good!(31 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, panoramic lake views, and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in South Loop. Top attractions like Soldier Field and Field Museum of Natural History are major draws. Catch the metro at Roosevelt Station or Cermak-McCormick Place Station to see more of the city.

South Loop

Top Hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $145 per night

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,353 reviews)

"Staff was very helpful and Polite. The rooms were extremely clean and comfortable. We Enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
4.5 out of 5
20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $191 per night

Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street, Water Tower Place, and John Hancock Center. Chicago Water Tower and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,789 reviews)

"The location is great, one block from Michigan Ave, very convenient. The price is reasonable, nice view from the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is CA $82 per night

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grant Park and Columbia College Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,092 reviews)

"Having stayed at the hotel seven days earlier and having been told that check in was at noon, (and checking in at noon) we arrived at noon to check in and were told that check in is at 3. I asked if that had changed in the past week and was told no, that's how it has always been. Because of covid, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

Best Western Grant Park Hotel

Popular places to visit in Chicago

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

4.5/5(459 reviews)

A ferris wheel, shopping, restaurants and more can be found in this waterfront  entertainment district.

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(158 reviews)

Tour the iconic grounds and catch a game March through September at Chicago’s beloved baseball stadium.

McCormick Place
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McCormick Place

4.5/5(141 reviews)

Attend an event at the United States’ largest convention center, which features hyper-modern facilities and huge exhibition spaces connected by promenades and sky bridges.

Millennium Park
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Millennium Park

4.5/5(722 reviews)

A landmark gathering place for locals and visitors who come to admire the unique art, architecture and landscape.

Soldier Field
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Soldier Field

4.5/5(114 reviews)

Events center, NFL stadium and historic landmark all in one, this waterfront field is one of Chicago’s most popular destinations.

Willis Tower
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Willis Tower

4.5/5(277 reviews)

Visit the Skydeck and gaze down over the Chicago cityscape from a dazzling 1,353 feet above the sidewalk.

Top things to do in Chicago

Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions
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Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions

CA $113
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier
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Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier

CA $64
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)

CA $34
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions

CA $148
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

CA $68
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood Street & Public Art Private Tour
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Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood Street & Public Art Private Tour

CA $57
Per adult

Reviews of Chicago

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 66.75392670157068%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 30.715532286212916%
3 - Okay
26
3 - Okay 2.268760907504363%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.17452006980802792%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.08726003490401396%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 21, 2020

Love Chicago at any time of year.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

Love Chicago.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 29, 2020

Food great

5/5 - Excellent

Debbie

Feb 26, 2020

Always love coming here-it's my Happy Place!! Checkout Angry Crab, Eataly, Big Bowl..and Wow Bao!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

very beautiful city, friendly people, transit is good, very clean.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

We all loved it even though it was very cold (February). Nice people, interesting architecture, good food and lots to do.

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