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Congress Plaza Hotel

Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60605

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (352 reviews)

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

€92
Chicago South Loop Hotel

Chicago South Loop Hotel

11 W 26th Street, Chicago 60616

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (2,669 reviews)

Located in Bronzeville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Illinois Institute of Technology and McCormick Place. US Cellular …

€74
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago 60654

4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (2,016 reviews)

Located in Near North Side, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Holy Name Cathedral, John Hancock Center, and Chicag …

€74
Kimpton Hotel Allegro

Kimpton Hotel Allegro

171 W Randolph St, Chicago 60601

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3,862 reviews)

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

€115
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago 60601

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (8,269 reviews)

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

€114
Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop

Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop

111 West Adams Street, Chicago 60603

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (6,693 reviews)

Club Quarters is a club-like hotel in the center of the Loop, Chicago’s central business district. A short walk to Symphony …

€87
Hotel Felix Chicago

Hotel Felix Chicago

111 W Huron St, Chicago 60654

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (3,631 reviews)

Hotel Felix Chicago is 5 blocks from the Magnificent Mile, one of America’s most dazzling thoroughfares. It’s a 7-minute ca …

€92
Chicago's Essex Inn

Chicago's Essex Inn

800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago 60605

3.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (4,233 reviews)

Across from the greenery and attractions of Grant Park, the Essex Inn is 3 blocks from the Loop business district and Lake …

€76
Best Western Grant Park Hotel

Best Western Grant Park Hotel

1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago 60605

2.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Favored for its location across from Grant Park, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and Northerly Island, the Best Western Grant …

€70
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile

300 E Ohio St, Chicago 60611

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (4,418 reviews)

Located in the northern part of downtown, Doubletree Chicago Magnificent Mile is 2 blocks from Magnificent Mile shopping an …

€111

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Pocket Guide: Chicago

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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.