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Chicago, IL
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Chicago which includes street scenes, a city and a skyscraper

Watch a baseball game at Wrigley Field, snap photos of your reflection in Cloud Gate and explore the Windy city’s fascinating museums.

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.

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Where to stay in Chicago

Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is $129 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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! (4,585 reviews)
"It is right in the heart of downtown, in a safe area with good security. The hotel had great views and a very interesting aesthetic coming from its age"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Congress Plaza Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
3.5 out of 5
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
The price is $166 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Michigan Avenue, Chicago Riverwalk, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Ann and Robert H. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,338 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is $195 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (3,234 reviews)
"Great location! Friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Hyatt Regency 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.
OP3 Enjoy Oak Park, Walk to Shopping, Dining & Transpo
OP3 Enjoy Oak Park, Walk to Shopping, Dining & Transpo
Oak Park, IL
Situated in Oak Park, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and within 6 mi (10 km) of Brookfield Zoo and Garfield ...
OP3 Enjoy Oak Park, Walk to Shopping, Dining & Transpo
OP6 Oak Park 2BR Apt Near Transit, Shops and Bistro
OP6 Oak Park 2BR Apt Near Transit, Shops and Bistro
Oak Park, IL
Situated in Oak Park, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and within 6 mi (10 km) of Brookfield Zoo and Garfield ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Didn’t like the entrance process. It was confusing and had given us the wrong code"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

OP6 Oak Park 2BR Apt Near Transit, Shops and Bistro
Steps from Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 AllStar Suite
Steps from Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 AllStar Suite
Chicago, IL
Located in Lakeview, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre. Briar Street Theatre and DePaul University-Lincoln Park ...
4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
Great Trip and Location
"The place was very clean and fit the description. Check in process was easy and the location was hard to beat. Carla was very quick to respond and easy to communicate with. Only thing we noticed is that there were only 3 beds in the listed 4 bunk-bed room. Not a huge issue to us since we were ..."

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Steps from Wrigley Field 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Sleeps 7 AllStar Suite
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.

Getting around Chicago

Public transportation in Chicago is comprehensive. Visitors can get just about anywhere in the city by combining various modes of transport, including the "L" train, CTA buses, taxis, rideshares, bicycle stations and walking. To visit Chicago's suburbs, the Metra Rail connects downtown with other Chicagoland hubs. This travel guide should provide more detailed answers concerning inter-city transportation options. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website. Browse Chicago rental cars.


Best time to visit

For warm temperatures that aren’t too hot, relatively minimal lines at popular attractions and a good range of festivals and cultural activities, try to visit Chicago between April and May or between September and October. With the highest temperatures reaching around 87 F (30 C), July is the hottest time to visit, but also one of the busiest. Avoid August if you don’t like rain, as this is the wettest month.

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