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Chicago

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

Downtown Chicago which includes a city

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago
The Loop - Downtown showing a river or creek

The Loop

4.5/5Wonderful!(187 area reviews)

The Loop
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile
Gold Coast which includes street scenes as well as a couple

Gold Coast

Gold Coast
Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Lincoln Park
South Loop showing a skyscraper and a city

South Loop

3/5(3 area reviews)

South Loop

Top hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

This family-friendly Chicago hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Michigan Avenue. Water Tower ...

4.1/5Very Good! (11,337 reviews)

"This visit I received an upgrade to a beautiful room with a Michigan Ave view. It was lovely."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
4.5 out of 5
323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
€113
per night
6 Apr-7 Apr

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Aon Center are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,870 reviews)

"The "Urban Experience Fee" is a bit much. I mean, either add that amount into the room rate, make it optional or don't charge it. LOCATION is great! Staff attentive!"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Swissotel - Chicago
The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
€76
per night
22 Apr-23 Apr

Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps away from 900 North Michigan Shops, John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place. Michigan Avenue and State ...

4.1/5Very Good! (10,039 reviews)

"I liked the vintage charm with a modern twist. It was a great location within walking distance of Michigan Avenue and all the stores."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

The Whitehall Hotel

Popular things to do in Chicago

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

4/5(125 reviews)

A ferris wheel, shopping, restaurants and more can be found in this waterfront  entertainment district.

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Tour the iconic grounds and catch a game March through September at Chicago’s beloved baseball stadium.

Millennium Park
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Millennium Park

4.5/5(147 reviews)

A landmark gathering place for locals and visitors who come to admire the unique art, architecture and landscape.

McCormick Place
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McCormick Place

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Attend an event at the United States’ largest convention center, which features hyper-modern facilities and huge exhibition spaces connected by promenades and sky bridges.

Willis Tower
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Willis Tower

4.5/5(81 reviews)

Visit the Skydeck and gaze down over the Chicago cityscape from a dazzling 1,353 feet above the sidewalk.

Art Institute of Chicago
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Art Institute of Chicago

4.5/5(66 reviews)

Explore a massive collection of works celebrating different cultures and historical times, from ancient Egypt to modern installations.

Top activities in Chicago

Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions

94% of travellers recommend
€99
Per adult
Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower
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Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower

84% of travellers recommend
€24
Per adult
Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions
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Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions

80% of travellers recommend
€74
Per adult
Art Institute of Chicago
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Art Institute of Chicago

92% of travellers recommend
€32
Per adult
Helicopter Flight Experience
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Helicopter Flight Experience

96% of travellers recommend
€151
Per adult
The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour
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The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour

92% of travellers recommend
€17
Per adult

Reviews of Chicago

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Lincoln Park area stunning.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

NickH

4 Feb 2020

An exceptional city that personally trumps NYC.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Jan 2020

A lot of homeless and beggars.

5/5 - Excellent

Christian

2 Jan 2020

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

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