Downtown Chicago, IL

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

Filled with some of America’s best museums, parks and art, Downtown Chicago is a tourist’s playground. Downtown, sometimes called the Chicago Loop, shows visitors Chicagoan hospitality and attractions. Stroll along the lakefront, go shopping, learn about art, history and culture or relax in the area’s famous restaurants.

No matter the weather, Downtown Chicago’s incredible collection of museums offers unlimited ways to spend an afternoon. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s renowned Impressionist collection and stand in awe before Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks.

Gape at Sue, the large Tyrannosaurus rex at the Field Museum of Natural History. See piranhas, turtles, otters and seals at the Shedd Aquarium or fly high on Navy Pier’s 196-foot (50-meter) Ferris wheel. Get even higher at the Willis Tower Skydeck, a whopping 1,475 feet (450 meters) in the air.

Spend time outside in the area’s manicured public parks, featuring diverse gardens and public art. Watch the spectacular light show at Buckingham Fountain, an art deco construction that is one of the biggest fountains in America. Take Chicago’s classic tourist selfie in front of the reflective curves of Cloud Gate, “the Bean,” near the shores of Lake Michigan.

Shop, dine or stroll along the Magnificent Mile, a commercial district popular with tourists and locals. Catch a Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field or play on Grant Park’s fields.

Downtown Chicago is located on Chicago’s eastern border, along Lake Michigan. Drive here in 45 minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which serves various locations throughout the region and the world. Downtown Chicago is the most frequented part of the city and is quite safe. Parking can be expensive and difficult to find, so walking is best for exploring this bustling district.

At the end of a long day of museums and touring, nothing can beat a picnic under the Frank Gehry-designed arches of Millennium Park as the sun sets behind Chicago’s iconic skyline.


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The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL, 60611
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $110 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in ...
3.9/5 Good! (3,272 reviews)
"It is an older hotel in the city. The elevator and halls were outdated (not as luxurious as other places which is fine). The room was clean, comfortable, and nice. For the cost I highly recommend."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

The Whitehall Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
The price is $161 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.7/5 Good! (3,954 reviews)
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"I read news. It says haunted hotel. Well we stay at the south tower. North tower room 13 they says haunted room. But thank God we not stay in thr north tower. Thank you. Was nice the hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Congress Plaza Hotel
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is $226 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (3,298 reviews)
"This property was in a great location. The rooms were clean and nice. The staff were very friendly as well. I would definitely stay at the London House Again!"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
4 out of 5
55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $134 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,024 reviews)
"Great location really interesting modern art a lot of fun staff was very helpful overall a good place"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

21c Museum Hotel Chicago
Hotel Saint Clair- Magnificent Mile
Hotel Saint Clair- Magnificent Mile
3.5 out of 5
162 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $125 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,317 reviews)
"The hotel is good, I liked it because there was no carpet on the floor, everything was very clean, unfortunately we couldn't see our view from the window because the glass was extremely dirty. The AC wasn't working well, we were lucky that the temperature wasn't too high, otherwise we would feel ..."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Hotel Saint Clair- Magnificent Mile
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $120 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Chicago. Enjoy WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,577 reviews)
"Hotel is well located. I had a few issues with the room but they were quickly corrected. They were prompt with additional towels, coffee, etc. staff was friendly."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Warwick Allerton - Chicago
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