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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.

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Where to stay in Chicago

Downtown Chicago showing a city

Downtown Chicago

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning river views, and gorgeous architecture, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Chicago. Top attractions like Chicago Theatre and House of Blues Chicago are major draws. Catch the metro at State Station or Clark-Lake Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Chicago
The Loop - Downtown which includes a river or creek

The Loop

4.5/5Wonderful!(9,480 area reviews)

Millennium Park and Grant Park are a few top attractions in The Loop. Hop around the city on the metro at Adams-Wabash Station or Jackson Station (Red Line) and check out the area's fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries.

The Loop
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

Water Tower Place and Chicago Water Tower are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Magnificent Mile. Travelers also love the fascinating museums, panoramic lake views, and popular shops.

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

River North

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

River North
Gold Coast featuring street scenes as well as a couple

Gold Coast

The abundant dining options and lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Gold Coast. A stop by Michigan Avenue or Oak Street Beach might round out your trip.

Gold Coast
Lakeview featuring a park

Lakeview

4.5/5Wonderful!(847 area reviews)

Known for its great bars and fantastic lake views, there's plenty to explore in Lakeview. You can visit top attractions like Wrigley Field and Vic Theatre, and jump on the metro at Addison Station (Red Line) or Belmont Station (Red Line) to see more of the city.

Lakeview

Top Hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is $129 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Clark-Lake ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,406 reviews)

"We were met by a friendly staff member who went out of his way to help us feel welcome and informed about how the elevator system worked. He even escorted us up to the check in desk upstairs. Awesome experience from start to finish!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
4.5 out of 5
20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL
The price is $143 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 23

Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street, Water Tower Place, and John Hancock Center. Chicago Water Tower and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,774 reviews)

"Amazing experience! Nice location and amazing beds!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is $59 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grant Park and Columbia College Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,007 reviews)

"Location is the best feature. Lots of restaurants, museums, train stations nearby"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Best Western Grant Park Hotel

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.

Popular places to visit in Chicago

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

A Ferris wheel, shopping, restaurants and more can be found in this waterfront entertainment district.

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

Tour the iconic grounds and catch a game March through September at Chicago’s beloved baseball stadium.

McCormick Place
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McCormick Place

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.

Millennium Park
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Millennium Park

A landmark gathering place for locals and visitors who come to admire the unique art, architecture and landscape.

Union Station
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Union Station

Learn about the history of Union Station, a well-known monument in Chicago. Amble around this vibrant area's riverfront or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Soldier Field
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Soldier Field

Events center, NFL stadium and historic landmark all in one, this waterfront field is one of Chicago’s most popular destinations.

Top things to do in Chicago

Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions
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Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions

$83
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions

$109
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)

$25
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Architecture River Tour from Michigan Ave.
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Architecture River Tour from Michigan Ave.

$40
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour
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Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour

$40
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago
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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

$27
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Chicago

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
11767
5 - Excellent 64.339220296353%
4 - Good
5468
4 - Good 29.897752747553174%
3 - Okay
871
3 - Okay 4.762425501667669%
2 - Disappointing
103
2 - Disappointing 0.5631800535841216%
1 - Terrible
80
1 - Terrible 0.4374214008420362%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 8, 2020

Had riots. Some locations i worked at i didnt feel safe. Going to get food was a challenge. But these are trying times.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

I was born and raised in Chicago. It will always be my favorite city.

4/5 - Good

Dee

May 31, 2020

Being that most of everything was still closed the scenery was beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

None

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Loved going up to Chicago and would stay at this hotel again. I was called home do to a death in the family so I left a day early -- they were to send a refund to Expedia -- will that be credited to my charge card?? call me Rex Camp 317/507-4048

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Hell of a town! Luv it!

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