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Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60605

3.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (11,360 reviews)

Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.

€115
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago 60601

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (7,481 reviews)

This Magnificent Mile hotel is located among Chicago's world-class shopping, restaurants and attractions. The Navy Pier, …

€186
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

230 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60601

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (4,889 reviews)

On Michigan Avenue and across from Millennium Park, this rock-inspired hotel occupies the 36-story, Art Deco-style Carbide an …

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Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

162 E Ohio St, Chicago 60611

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (5,296 reviews)

Inn of Chicago is a half-block from the Magnificent Mile and 2 blocks from the landmark Tribune Tower. Millennium Park, Nav …

€87
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago 60654

4.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,771 reviews)

Situated in Chicago, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Holy Name Cathedral, John Hancock Center, and Chicago Water …

€114
Travelodge Hotel Downtown
Travelodge Hotel Downtown

65 E Harrison St, Chicago 60605

2.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (3,507 reviews)

Located a half-block from Grant Park and 4 blocks from South Loop Shopping, this downtown Chicago hotel is a half-mile from …

€82
Kimpton Hotel Allegro
Kimpton Hotel Allegro

171 W Randolph St, Chicago 60601

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3,445 reviews)

Located in the Loop's theater and business districts, Kimpton Hotel Allegro is next to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 4 block …

€112
Best Western At O'Hare
Best Western At O'Hare

10300 W Higgins Road, Rosemont 60018

3.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (1,850 reviews)

This hotel is 4 blocks from Allstate Arena (DePaul Blue Demons; Chicago Wolves) and 2 miles from O'Hare Airport; complimentar …

€71
Hyatt Place Chicago/River North
Hyatt Place Chicago/River North

66 W Illinois St, Chicago 60654

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,291 reviews)

Three blocks from the river, Hyatt Place Chicago/River North is on a lively street in downtown Chicago. It's just north of th …

€129
Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport
Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport

10249 Irving Park Road, Schiller Park 60176

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (2,614 reviews)

This smoke-free hotel is 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from O'Hare International Airport, the Donald E. Stephens Convention …

€109

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Pocket Guide: Chicago

With its famous skyline of tall buildings, and its breathtaking natural surroundings, the Midwestern metropolis of Chicago is a truly dramatic location. Home to the highest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere, the Sears Tower, yet close to Lake Michigan, a body of water bigger than some European countries, the Windy City is a place where urbanisation meets nature.

"The Windy City"

The channelling of strong gusts between Chicago's skyscrapers may make it seem like it's windier here than anywhere else in the US, but there's another reason why Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City. Chicagoans are crazy about sport, from the Chicago Bears (football) to the Blackhawks (hockey) and the Bulls (basketball). Nearby Cincinnati is equally competitive and the term Windy City was probably first used by Cincinnati newspapers covering the rivalry between the two cities.

Reaching for the sky

Chicago is known for its architecture, not at all surprising when you consider that 10 of the 50 tallest buildings in the world are located here. The Illinois capital has been at the forefront of progressive architecture and tall buildings since the late 19th century when large parts of the city were rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871. While two of the most prominent buildings, the Sears Tower and the Aon Centre, date back to the 1970s, the boom continues. Donald Trump's luxury apartment complex was completed recently and the 2000-foot Chicago Spire is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

It's not sheer height alone that makes the city's architectural face so interesting; some of America's greatest architects have left their mark on Chicago, including Solon S. Beman, Walter Burley Griffin, and perhaps the greatest of all, Frank Lloyd Wright. A Chicago Card gives you admission to the city's best-known skyscrapers and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Society, and includes architectural walking tours.

Chicago and the arts

One of the best-known American paintings, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, is exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago. Next to Hopper, the museum houses an impressive collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and American paintings. Also worth a visit is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which focuses on visual art from 1945 to the present day with emphasis on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography, and works by Chicago-based artists.

Chicago is serious about culture and you'll find museums dedicated to everything from Swedish-American life to Science and Industry. A definite must-see for young and old is the Field Museum - home to "Sue", the world's largest and most famous Tyrannosaurus Rex. To get a comprehensive overview of what the city has to offer, opt for a half-day sightseeing tour, which includes museum admission as well as a trip up Hancock Tower to see the city from above. However much time you spend exploring during the day, make sure you keep some time aside for a night out in Chicago. It's not called the home of the blues for nothing, and venues like the Chicago Blues Bar on North Halsted pay tribute to that seven nights a week.