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ChicagoUnited States of America

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

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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 Chicago Riverwalk 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!(9,479 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 Chicago Riverwalk and Merchandise Mart are major draws. Catch the metro at Chicago Station (Brown Line) or Merchandise Mart Station to see more of the city.

River North
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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
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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 $109 per night

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,262 reviews)

"Really enjoyed my stay at London House.... I have not one complaint!!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
The price is $90 per night

Located in River North, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of State Street, Michigan Avenue, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago Riverwalk ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,607 reviews)

"Very nice place but no microwave for guests to use. Unheard of"…"

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
Best Western Grant Park Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1100 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is $64 per night

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! (3,170 reviews)

"The staff is always nice and helpful. The rooms are always clean! I normally enjoy my stay when I’m here! Great property!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 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.


Popular places to visit in Chicago

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

4.5/5(4,867 reviews)

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

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(2,125 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(7,196 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(1,802 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(3,367 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(3,408 reviews)

Explore a massive collection of works celebrating different cultures and historical times, from ancient Egypt to modern installations.

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

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

94% of travellers recommend
$109
Per adult
Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower
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Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower

84% of travellers recommend
$26
Per adult
The Field Museum
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The Field Museum

92% of travellers recommend
$26
Per adult
Art Institute of Chicago
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Art Institute of Chicago

92% of travellers recommend
$35
Per adult
Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Show
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Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner Show

90% of travellers recommend
$67
Per adult

Reviews of Chicago

4.6

Top Destination

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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!

4/5 - Good

Jeremy

May 29, 2020

Due to Covid restrictions many things are closed or limited. If you find yourself here anyway you can still eat very well with carry out or delivery. Can still buy some retail with curbside pickup if you need it. On the plus side traffic is down.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Gorgeous city and I would definitely come visit again.

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