Chicago, IL

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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.

Where to stay in Chicago

Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
The price is $152 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
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! (3,891 reviews)
"建物が歴史があって重厚感があります。部屋も清潔にしてあって広かったです。"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Congress Plaza Hotel
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
4 out of 5
55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
The price is $189 per night from May 30 to May 31
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (646 reviews)
"With one elevator down, it took almost 35 min for me to finally get a way to get downstairs. This was on multiple occasions. Was told by front desk you just have to wait. I think in this situation maybe opening up thr service elevator may have been considered, or at least signage on the broken ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

21c Museum Hotel Chicago
Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
4 out of 5
71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is $199 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Chicago. Enjoy room service, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,830 reviews)
"Very good"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
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.
WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
2.5 out of 5
991 E. Lake Street, Addison, IL, 60101
The price is $79 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Addison. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.2/5 (112 reviews)
"Overall Everything was nice..But the smell of WEED in the entire building/room was aweful...."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
The Chicago Hotel Collection - Millennium Park
The Chicago Hotel Collection - Millennium Park
2.5 out of 5
55 E Washington St., Chicago, IL, 60602
The price is $134 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this aparthotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in our reviews. ...
2.9/5 (36 reviews)
"Read the reviews beforehand was nervous about my stay there but I made sure to take all the necessary essentials in case you need anything there is a Walgreens near by. Self check in and self check out was simple and easy. I had an amazing stay there."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

The Chicago Hotel Collection - Millennium Park
Sonder South Wabash
Sonder South Wabash
3.5 out of 5
1419 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and concierge services. Popular attractions Soldier Field and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (54 reviews)
"It had everything. Needs parking lot around the building."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Sonder South Wabash
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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