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Preparing for your trip to Downtown Chicago? Keen for a few pointers about what to see when you're there? That's where we can help!
We couldn't envisage a better place to base yourself than Downtown Chicago. World-renowned attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Willis Tower will be just moments away.
A jam-packed day of sightseeing can be tiring business. Fortunately, you won't have to travel far to get to Navy Pier and the Chicago Cultural Center. These nearby wonders will not disappoint!
If you're bored of dining indoors, grab some takeaway and enjoy a revitalizing lunch among the trees at Millennium Park. There's an excellent range of things to keep you busy in this destination. Those without a head for heights might want to look away, but anyone with a passion for skyscrapers shouldn't miss John Hancock Center. Reaching up towards the heavens, it's a stately fixture of the local area's skyline. Still got time to spare? Skydeck Ledge gives sightseers dazzling vistas as well as some impressive photo opportunities.
It's no secret that you don't take time off work to sit in a cramped plane seat and sleep in a different bed. Traveling is all about the exciting adventures you have while you're away!
Jump-start your trip to Downtown Chicago by trying a few of these activities:
If you'd rather take a look at a full list of activities, head to the Downtown Chicago things to do page.
After a long day of activities, you'll be in need of a comfy bed. Fortunately, there's a wide range of accommodations in Downtown Chicago. Decide between as many as 122 options and kick off your luxury getaway or cheap vacation.
Thinking about where to spend your evenings? Just remember — cheap doesn't have to mean bed bugs and old-fashioned linen! You'll find clean, budget options such as the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago (401 N Wabash Ave) and The St. Clair Hotel (162 East Ontario Street). If Champagne and caviar are more to your liking, grab your designer luggage and head towards the Chicago Premier Suites (540 N State Street) or The Peninsula Chicago (108 East Superior Street).
Downtown Chicago provides some excellent options for those wanting to stay in the vicinity of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both The Langham, Chicago and the JW Marriott Chicago are within an easy walk of this unmissable attraction.
Let's be honest, no one loves wasting time at the airport. However, when you imagine the amazing trip to Downtown Chicago ahead of you, it becomes less of a chore. After all, you'll be only 9 miles (14 km) to the southwest of the neighborhood center when the plane comes in to land at Midway International Airport (MDW).
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This 1925 Beaux Arts-style Chicago hotel is steps from Millennium Park, 2 blocks from Macy's and the Art Institute, and 1 mile from Lake Michigan, Magnificent Mile shopping, and Wrigley Tower.
This Magnificent Mile hotel is located among Chicago's world-class shopping, restaurants and attractions. The Navy Pier, Millennium Park and Art Institute are less than a mile away.
The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile offers a newly renovated fresh look and is located two blocks from Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile shopping, and within walking distance to Millennium Park.
Located in River North, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chinese Consulate, Holy Name Cathedral, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Museum of Contemporary Art and Water Tower Place are also within 15 minutes. Grand Station (Red Line) is only a 2-minute walk and Chicago Station (Red Line) is 7 minutes.
The hotel is a half-block from the Magnificent Mile and an 8-minute walk from Grand/State Metro Station. Many attractions are within a 15-minute walk, including the Wrigley Building and Navy Pier, where guests can hop on a boat cruise to see the city's famous skyscrapers from the water.
Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.
This smoke-free 17-story hotel is 1 block from North Michigan Avenue's boutique and specialty stores, 3 blocks from Lake Michigan, 6 blocks from the State & Grand subway station (Red Line), and 7 blocks from the Navy Pier entertainment center.