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ChicagoUnited States of America

A modern metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan that’s defined by a love for fine art, baseball and the blues.

Stroll museums and parks filled with art, and catch live blues any night of the week in Chicago’s bustling Downtown district. Or catch a lively sports game in this home to the Cubs and White Sox baseball teams, and the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

This metropolis is the third largest city in America, but getting around is easy thanks to the efficient above ground train, the ‘L’. Get your bearings from the tallest skyscraper in the US, Willis Tower, which defines the city’s skyline. The viewing platform, 1,353 feet (412 meters) above the busy streets, offers unparalleled vistas of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and other main attractions.

Lincoln Park, just north of downtown, has beaches, sporting grounds and landscaped gardens. Soak up the history of the Windy City at the Chicago History Museum, located on the southern end of the park. Take a stroll through the indoor gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or spend an afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This public zoo houses more than 1,000 animals. Brookfield Zoo, 12 miles west of the city center, is more than double the size and features dolphin displays, big cats, a variety of primates and more.

Head back into the Loop district downtown for some of the best shopping in the city, along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. It’s a good place for lunch or dinner, or people watching while you sip a coffee or beer. Just south of the Magnificent Mile is the expansive Art Institute of Chicago well worth a visit for its collection of European and American masterpieces that include Monet, Van Gogh, and much more. Nearby is Millennium Park, a meeting place with public art and spectacular summer concerts.

Chicago’s Museum Campus is located in the South Loop, just a few miles by car or a few stops on the “L” from downtown. The Field Museum is filled with natural history, while the Museum of Science has interactive exhibits such as a mock coal mine and an airplane.

Some of America’s most influential figures came from Chicago. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum and House, where the famous writer was born. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first house is in the pretty Oak Park neighborhood (called the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio). He designed many houses and buildings in the area, including Unity Temple, considered one of his best. On your way back into town, stop off at the Garfield Park Conservatory, an urban oasis of rare and exotic plants.

No trip to Chicago would be complete without catching a baseball game at the legendary Wrigley Field. At night, head to Navy Pier, packed with lively bars and restaurants. Another option is to head out for a night of blues at one of Chicago's legendary clubs. Check out B.L.U.E.S. near downtown on Chicago's north side or Kingston Mines a few miles north near Lincoln Park. Both of these long established venues have music every night of the week.

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Where to stay in Chicago

Downtown Chicago showing a city

Downtown Chicago

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning river views, and gorgeous architecture, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Chicago. Top attractions like Chicago Theatre and House of Blues Chicago are major draws. Catch the metro at State Station or Clark-Lake Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Chicago
The Loop - Downtown which includes a river or creek

The Loop

4.5/5Wonderful!(9,480 area reviews)

Millennium Park and Grant Park are a few top attractions in The Loop. Hop around the city on the metro at Adams-Wabash Station or Jackson Station (Red Line) and check out the area's fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries.

The Loop
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

Water Tower Place and Chicago Water Tower are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Magnificent Mile. Travelers also love the fascinating museums, panoramic lake views, and popular shops.

Magnificent Mile
Shops at North Bridge showing a city, central business district and street scenes

River North

Known for its fantastic nightlife, stunning river views, and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in River North. Top attractions like House of Blues Chicago and Chicago Riverwalk are major draws. Catch the metro at Chicago Station (Brown Line) or Merchandise Mart Station to see more of the city.

River North
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Gold Coast

The abundant dining options and lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Gold Coast. A stop by Michigan Avenue or Oak Street Beach might round out your trip.

Gold Coast
Lakeview featuring a park

Lakeview

4.5/5Wonderful!(847 area reviews)

Known for its great bars and fantastic lake views, there's plenty to explore in Lakeview. You can visit top attractions like Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre, and jump on the metro at Addison Station (Red Line) or Belmont Station (Red Line) to see more of the city.

Lakeview

Top Hotels in Chicago

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is NT$3,743 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Clark-Lake ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,426 reviews)

"Excellent hotel"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/30

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
4.5 out of 5
20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL
The price is NT$3,630 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street, Water Tower Place, and John Hancock Center. Chicago Water Tower and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,777 reviews)

"It was lovely cleaned and great location to get around no complaints"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/29

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is NT$1,824 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grant Park and Columbia College Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,999 reviews)

"The location is wonderful, close to so many things. I didn’t like that there was no blow dryer, mini fridge or microwave"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/29

Best Western Grant Park 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.

Vacation Rentals in Chicago

Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
3 out of 5
100 Barclay Blvd, Lincolnshire, IL
The price is NT$1,998 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest College, and Chicago Botanic Garden. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (492 reviews)

"Free upgrade when asked for new room because of loud music in nearby rooms"…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/31

Staybridge Suites, Lincolnshire
Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
3 out of 5
200 Royce Blvd, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
The price is NT$2,583 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Oakbrook Center Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Drury Lane Theater. College of Dupage ...

4.3/5Excellent! (715 reviews)

"It was clean with plenty of room. Staff was great. Not much parking so we did end up parking on the street 2 of our 3 nights but definitely not a deal breaker-we’d go back."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/4

Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
4 out of 5
1140 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL
The price is NT$8,677 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

This family-friendly Chicago aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of State Street, Second City, and Michigan Avenue. John Hancock Center ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (36 reviews)
#1 in Chicago

"It’s always very clean, quiet and very relaxing to stay at LEVEL"…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/22

LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
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.

Popular places to visit in Chicago

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

4.5/5(4,870 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(2,128 reviews)

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

McCormick Place
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McCormick Place

4.5/5(1,804 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.

Millennium Park
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Millennium Park

4.5/5(7,198 reviews)

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

Union Station
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Union Station

4.5/5(1,343 reviews)

Learn about the history of Union Station, a well-known monument in Chicago. Amble around this vibrant area's riverfront or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Soldier Field
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Soldier Field

4.5/5(1,256 reviews)

Events center, NFL stadium and historic landmark all in one, this waterfront field is one of Chicago’s most popular destinations.

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