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Chicago, IL
Travel Guide

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

Aloft Chicago Mag Mile
Aloft Chicago Mag Mile
3 out of 5
243 E. Ontario, Chicago, IL
The price is NT$3,130 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Navy Pier, and Millennium Park. Art Institute of Chicago and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,371 reviews)

"Convenience to downtown"…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/9

Aloft Chicago Mag Mile
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$4,810 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

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! (2,691 reviews)

"The People at the main entrance are great....."…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/9

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Swissotel - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
4.5 out of 5
323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is NT$4,248 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

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. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,859 reviews)

"Everything has to buy Even WiFi is common and free in smallest hotels But swiss hotel charges for that too That was a bit disappointing"…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/10

Swissotel - Chicago
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 mi (10 km) of SeatGeek Stadium and Water's Edge Golf Club. ...

Cimarron 1 Bedroom Cabin
Sierra 1 Bedroom Cabin
Sierra 1 Bedroom Cabin
3 out of 5
695 Hickory Bend Road, Hickory Hills, IL

Situated in Hickory Hills, this cabin is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Chicago Ridge Shopping Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of SeatGeek Stadium and Water's Edge Golf Club. ...

Sierra 1 Bedroom Cabin
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 from Chicago Cultural Center, Grant Park, and Millennium Park. Chicago Theatre and Michigan Avenue are also within ...

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 2020/6/22

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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Reviews of Chicago

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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 8, 2020

Had riots. Some locations i worked at i didnt feel safe. Going to get food was a challenge. But these are trying times.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

I was born and raised in Chicago. It will always be my favorite city.

4/5 - Good

Dee

May 31, 2020

Being that most of everything was still closed the scenery was beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

None

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Loved going up to Chicago and would stay at this hotel again. I was called home do to a death in the family so I left a day early -- they were to send a refund to Expedia -- will that be credited to my charge card?? call me Rex Camp 317/507-4048

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Hell of a town! Luv it!

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