ChicagoUnited States of America

4.6/5Top Destination

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

Discover sightseeing, shopping and sports in Chicago. Illinois’ largest city has a cultural scene that is as impressive as its skyline on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Within downtown Chicago’s Loop, visit galleries and restaurants. Snap a photo of Cloud Gate, known as The Bean, the iconic silver sculpture in Millennium Park. See the city unfold beneath you from the glass-bottomed ledge of Willis Tower.

Explore the neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Sunbathe on the namesake park’s public beaches, visit the animals in the Lincoln Park Zoo and discover exotic plants in the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Ride the Ferris wheel in the waterfront Navy Pier district. Go shopping along the Magnificent Mile, the city’s famed shopping strip.

At Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, tour the childhood home of one of America’s most enduring authors. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio for a peek into the legendary architect’s life and work. Nearby, see the self-proclaimed “jewel” that Wright designed, Unity Temple.

Team spirit is strong in Chicago. Watch the Chicago Bears play on their home turf at Soldier Field. Root for a home run for the Chicago Cubs at iconic Wrigley Field.

Visit Chicago’s many outstanding museums. See ancient Mesopotamian carvings and art by Claude Monet at the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn about the city’s past at the Chicago History Museum. Check out the Apollo 8 spacecraft and other fascinating exhibits at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. See dinosaur bones and Egyptian mummies at Field Museum of Natural History.

Transport yourself to an African savannah, the Australian outback and the Arctic tundra at the Brookfield Zoo.

Explore beyond Downtown Chicago and visit Shedd Aquarium. Farther afield, the North Suburbs, West Suburbs and Aurora offer a break from the city bustle. Visit LEGOLAND in Schaumburg or see a polo match in Oak Brook. Spin through dozens of roller coasters and rides at Six Flags America in Gurnee.

Known for

Museums, Theaters and Architecture

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Where to stay in Chicago

Downtown Chicago
Downtown Chicago showing a city

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
Magnificent Mile - River North

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
The Loop - Downtown which includes a river or creek

The Loop

Known for Urban, Architecture, Museums

4.5/5(7,717 reviews)

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

O'Hare
O'Hare, Illinois, United States of America

O'Hare

Known for Dining, Friendly People, Excursions

4/5(580 reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Grandparents Park while getting to know O'Hare, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Cumberland Station or Rosemont Station to see more of the area.

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

River North

Known for Architecture, Shopping, Urban

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

Lincoln Park
Chicago History Museum showing interior views and signage

Lincoln Park

Known for Zoo, Urban, Lakes

4.5/5(257 reviews)

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

Top Hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
$93
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18
3.7/5Good! (5,638 reviews)

"The incredible view out the window! Exceptional- felt so lucky to watch the Buckingham Fountain...gorgeous! Thank you so much!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Congress Plaza Hotel
Hotel Essex Chicago
Hotel Essex Chicago
4 out of 5
800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
$86
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.4/5Excellent! (525 reviews)

"Very modern. Beautiful windows and views. Perfect location"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Hotel Essex Chicago
Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel
Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
$117
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,172 reviews)

"The refrigerator in the room made noise. Otherwise liked it"…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel

Popular things to do in Chicago

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(1,918 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(6,458 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(1,557 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(3,034 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(2,967 reviews)

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(308 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Chicago

Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier
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Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier

$41

Equal parts boat and buildings, this river cruise gives you a from-the-water perspective of Chicago skyline and up-close views of its most iconic structures. Board an open-roofed vessel and float with the current as an architecture expert shares the fascinating history behind the Windy City's most renowned buildings.

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)

$22

At 360 CHICAGO, the guest experience begins at the ground floor with a museum-style exhibition celebrating Chicago’s history and nine of its culturally rich neighborhoods.

Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour
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Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour

$40

Explore Chicago's seedy underworld on this guided bus tour of its most famous gangsters and mobsters. Investigate the former haunts of legends like Al Capone, The Untouchables, and John Dillinger as you explore the sites of major crimes, violent deaths, and shocking trials on this guided excursion.

Chicago CityPASS: Save on Chicago's 5 Best Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Save on Chicago's 5 Best Attractions

$108

Chicago CityPASS® tickets include premium admission to Chicago’s top attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.

Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower
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Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower

$25

Take in the view from the sky-high heights of the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the United States. From the 103rd floor, look out over 4 states and the Windy City's urban sprawl, and then test your vertigo on a glass balcony to peer down at the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago beneath your feet.

Chicago's Premier Escape Room!
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Chicago's Premier Escape Room!

$38

Itinerary Guests have the chance to save the world, break out of a bank, escape from prison or perhaps escape a serial killer. Most importantly, they will bond with all of their teammates. Stop At: • Fox in a Box Chicago, 47 W Polk St Suite L5, Chica

Reviews of Chicago

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

We loved Chicago! The Miracle Mile area was very walkable and safe. We saw 3 museums and thouroughly enjoyed them. Chinatown was small, but fun to visit. We spend 3 days, but could have easily spent a week.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Try chicago pizza! Eat at Fados Irish Pub(excellent), take the architectural cruise and the Wrigley stadium tour

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Great city. Love millennium park, great food, best marathon city. Public transportation affordable and convenient. I expect more from a Hyatt property. Will stay at The Palmer House property next time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

The architectural river tour was really awesome!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

I love Chicago!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Very windy, need to wear hat and jacket in October

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Chicago

The Best Cheap Eats in Chicago
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The Best Cheap Eats in Chicago

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The Best Galleries and Art Museums in Chicago
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The Best Galleries and Art Museums in Chicago

Our pick of the best galleries and art museums in Chicago

Best Day Trips from Chicago
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Best Day Trips from Chicago

Pack a bag and discover day trip locations a short drive past the city limits.

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