Chicago

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Chicago showing a city, street scenes and a high-rise building

Chicago is a modernmetropolis on Lake Michigan's shores with a pronounced fondness for art,baseball and blues. Stroll through the museums and parks during the day, andwhen the sun goes down, take in an evening of live blues in the bustling heartof Downtown Chicago. Or why not experience alively sporting event and check out the hometown baseball teams, The Cubs andWhite Sox or the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

In this metropolis, which is the third largest cityin America, public transport is efficient to say the least. It’s easy topinpoint exactly where you are at any time too using just the skyline - simplylook to the tallest skyscraper in the USA: Willis Tower. Its viewing platform,at 412 meters above the busy street level, offers an amazing view of LakeMichigan, Navy Pier and other major attractions.

In Lincoln Park, just north of downtown, offersbeaches, sports fields and landscaped gardens. On the south side of the park isthe ChicagoHistory Museum, which tells complete the history of the Windy City,including tales of notorious gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Strollthrough the gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or spend the afternoon atthe Lincoln Park Zoo, which houses more than 1,000 animals. Then there’sBrookfield Zoo, 19 kilometres west of the city centre; it’s more than twice aslarge and houses big cats, several species of primates and even dolphins.

Head back toward Michigan Avenue's MagnificentMile and you’ll find the best shops in the city. It's a good placefor lunch or dinner, or to watch people while sipping a coffee or a beer. Justsouth of the Magnificent Mile is the great Art Institute of Chicago, which isdefinitely worth a visit. The collection includes European and Americanmasterpieces by greats such as Monet and Van Gogh. Nearby is the MillenniumPark, a meeting place with public art and spectacular summer concerts.

Chicago has been (andis) home to some very influential people. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum andHouse, where the famous writer was born. You’ll also find the first house of architectFrank Lloyd Wright in the beautiful district of Oak Park (Frank Lloyd WrightHome and Studio). He designed number of houses and buildings in the area,including Unity Temple which is considered one of his best designs. Stop at theGarfield Park Conservatory on your way back to the centre, a city oasis withrare and exotic plants.

A trip to Chicagowouldn’t be complete without a game at legendary Wrigley Field. In the eveningvisit the Navy Pier with its lively bars and restaurants, or opt for a night ofblues or jazz in one of the legendary clubs of Chicago. Try BLUES, just northof the centre of Kingston Mines a few kilometres to the north to Lincoln Park.

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Where to stay in Chicago

Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is €120 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps away from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts ...
3.7/5Good! (4,087 reviews)
"The historic features; awesome. Elevator doors, mail chute drop box, beautiful lobby with the antique White House donated President's chair, very friendly doormen. They said they would not clean room while we were there, came in and did things not needed anyway. Brought extra coffee at our request; ..."

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2021

Congress Plaza 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 €145 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Michigan Avenue, Chicago Riverwalk and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Ann and Robert H. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,546 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is €238 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,115 reviews)
"Location was amazing!!! The views and so close to everything!"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2021

Hyatt Regency Chicago
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago - Schaumburg
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago - Schaumburg
3 out of 5
815 East American Lane, Schaumburg, IL
The price is €114 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Woodfield Mall, Ned Brown Forest Preserve and Legoland Discovery Center. Schaumburg ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"I loved the location and the price for what you get. It’s right by the mall and plenty of parks to take the kids or restaurants if you want to go out. Breakfast could use some work, but it wasn’t bad. They should hire a southerner for the kitchen and you might have something there."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago - Schaumburg
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 €130 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
Located in The Loop, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street and Grant Park. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (805 reviews)
"Very clean- nice staff"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 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 €153 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Located in River North, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chicago Theatre, Millennium Park and Art Institute of Chicago. Navy Pier and John G. Shedd Aquarium ...
4.3/5Excellent! (755 reviews)
"Overall, we had a short yet lovely stay. It's unfortunate the parking garage is not on property and not included in the stay but it was still very manageable. The hotel was very quiet and staff was friendly and informative on site."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 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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