ChicagoUnited States of America

Chicago which includes street scenes, a city and a skyscraper

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Explore Chicago: its theater, architecture, monuments, and more!

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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Museums, Theaters and Architecture

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Where to stay in Chicago

Downtown Chicago
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Downtown Chicago

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Architecture

The heart of the Midwest’s glittering metropolis has many offerings, from shopping and dining to parks, museums and exciting contemporary public art.

Magnificent Mile
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Magnificent Mile

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Architecture

Shopaholics need look no further this glittering street packed with boutique and luxury shops, famous department stores and cafes.

The Loop
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The Loop

Urban, Architecture, Museums

4.5/5 (7,399 Ratings)

Bordered roughly by the surrounding elevated train circuit, this Chicago neighborhood has restaurants, galleries, parks and a giant silver bean.

Lincoln Park
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Lincoln Park

Zoo, Urban, Lakes

4.5/5 (241 Ratings)

Both a neighborhood and a park, this northern Chicago area has gorgeous scenery, residential streets lined with stately homes and extensive shopping and dining.

South Loop
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South Loop

Museums, Skyscrapers, Urban

4.5/5 (512 Ratings)

South of downtown Chicago, this neighborhood features cultural activities, sports and convention centers and a great dining and nightlife scene.

Gold Coast
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Gold Coast

Known for Shopping, Dining, Lakes

Enjoy upscale shopping, varied dining experiences and waterfront walks at this affluent suburb set on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Top Hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
NT$4,386
per night
Sep 26 - Sep 27
3.7/5Good! (5,373 reviews)

Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts Building ...

3.7/5Good! (5,373 reviews)

"This property is located perfectly for tourists. Located on S Michigan Ave with an awesome view. Rooms are spacious. Initially we had a few issues with our room but the manager moved us to a room with a much nicer bathroom and WiFi that worked. This move made our experience perfect. Thank you. I ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/18

Congress Plaza Hotel
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Hotel Essex Chicago
4 out of 5
800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
NT$3,631
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.4/5Excellent! (451 reviews)

Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps from Lakefront Trail and Grant Park. State Street and Columbia College Chicago are also within 5 minutes. Harrison Station ...

4.4/5Excellent! (451 reviews)

"We were told this hotel was recently renovated and you can tell. Everything is new and super chic we loved it. My favorite thing in the room was the blue tile in the shower. The bed was big and comfy. Would definitely go back"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/17

Hotel Essex Chicago
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The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
NT$3,453
per night
Oct 7 - Oct 8
4.1/5Very Good! (9,182 reviews)

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

4.1/5Very Good! (9,182 reviews)

"The property was in a great location. Close to nearby shops and in the heartbeat of the city. The hotel itself is a nice hotel. The staff are really friendly and the rooms are clean and suitable for all parties. Would highly recommend!!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/17

The Whitehall Hotel

Popular things to do in Chicago

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5 (1,862 Ratings)

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 (6,313 Ratings)

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 (1,516 Ratings)

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 (2,979 Ratings)

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 (2,913 Ratings)

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

Six Flags Great America
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Six Flags Great America

4.5/5 (299 Ratings)

Spend a day at this sprawling theme park to enjoy an array of thrilling roller coaster rides, a water park and entertainment for kids of all ages.

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Free Things to Do in Chicago with Kids
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Free Things to Do in Chicago with Kids

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