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Travel Guide

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

River Hotel
River Hotel
4 out of 5
75 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is €105 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps away from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Clark-Lake ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,364 reviews)
"Near some nice restaurants and Michigan Ave. plus walking distance to Institute of Art"

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

River Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
The price is €71 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps away from 900 North Michigan Shops, Water Tower Place and Michigan Avenue. John Hancock Center and State ...
4/5Very Good! (3,038 reviews)
"Perfect for a couple escape days n the Chicago city."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

The Whitehall Hotel
Loews Chicago Hotel
Loews Chicago Hotel
4.5 out of 5
455 North Park Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is €163 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Grant Park ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,367 reviews)
"Very beautiful and clean hotel, I highly recommend this hotel"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Loews Chicago Hotel
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.
Cimarron 1 Bedroom Cabin
Cimarron 1 Bedroom Cabin
3 out of 5
171 Hickory Bend, Hickory Hills, IL
Situated in Hickory Hills, this cabin is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Chicago Ridge Shopping Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of SeatGeek Stadium and Water's Edge Golf ...
Cimarron 1 Bedroom Cabin
Steps From Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 Allstar Suite
Steps From Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 Allstar Suite
3619 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL
Located in Lakeview, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre. Briar Street Theatre and DePaul University-Lincoln Park are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (7 reviews)
"Was quick and easy to get in and settled. The owner very accommodating for our last minute rental. A few more essentials would have been nice ( wine bottle opener). There are no services during the stay which is totally fine, but as there is a specific service fee added to the rental, The TO DO list ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2019

Steps From Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 Allstar Suite
Pittsfield Apartments + Suites
Pittsfield Apartments + Suites
2.5 out of 5
55 E Washington St., Chicago, IL
Located in The Loop, this aparthotel is steps away from Chicago Cultural Center, Grant Park and Millennium Park. Chicago Theatre and Michigan Avenue are also ...
3.1/5 (1,265 reviews)
"I did not stay there because I was told by security management shout down the building which my family I was able too check in our room, he would not allow us to speak with any one else about the matter (ALL OVER A FACE MASK) ruined my night.. I try calling front desk no one would answer I WOULD ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2020

Pittsfield Apartments + Suites
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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15 Mar 2020

Lincoln Park area stunning.

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12 Mar 2020

We’ve vacationed in 13 states and this was the first time in Illinois more specifically Chicago. I would go as far as to say this is now my favourite US city. I’d recommend to anyone thinking of making the trip and definitely choose the Godfrey.

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11 Mar 2020

Chicago was a fantastic City to visit, loads yo do for everyone

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4 Feb 2020

An exceptional city that personally trumps NYC.

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15 Jan 2020

A lot of homeless and beggars.

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2 Jan 2020

Can get very busy, we explored a lot around Christmas, which helped a lot with the crowds.