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Built in 1895, The Alise Chicago, a former State Street office building, is now a boutique hotel within 1 block of the Loop theaters. Millennium Park is 2 blocks ...
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The Silversmith Hotel is conveniently located within 1 block of Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park; Theatre District, Art Institute of Chicago, Soldier Field ...
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With its prime riverfront location on Wacker Drive off Michigan Avenue, this club-like hotel with spectacular views of the skyline is just a short walk to the ...
Club Quarters Hotel, Wacker at MichiganAU$135Club Quarters Hotel, Wacker at MichiganAU$135
Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Downtown Chicago, Willis Tower, and Skydeck Ledge. Millennium Park and Ford Center for the Performing ...
La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago DowntownAU$159La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago DowntownAU$159
Club Quarters is a club-like hotel in the center of the Loop, Chicago’s central business district. A short walk to Symphony Center, the Art Institute, Board ...
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Across from the greenery and attractions of Grant Park, the Essex Inn is 3 blocks from the Loop business district and Lake Michigan, 4 blocks from the Art Institute, ...
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Favored for its location across from Grant Park, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, and Northerly Island, the Best Western Grant Park is also 1 mile from Millennium ...
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Travelers to Chicago give high marks for the popular theater scene, interesting architecture, and renowned art. Vibrant and scenic, this city will delight tourists with its monuments, museums, and entertainment choices. Top sights in the city include Millennium Park, Willis Tower, and Skydeck Ledge.
Known for its theaters, art, and museums, the city's cultural venues include Chicago Cultural Center, Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre, and Chicago Theatre. Attractions like Skydeck Ledge, Six Flags Great America, and Navy Pier are fun for kids of all ages. The city is notable for its monuments and landmarks like Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, and Buckingham Fountain.
In Chicago, there are 995 hotels and other lodging accommodations so you'll have ample places to choose from for a perfect vacation. Below are highly ranked ones based on our user reviews:
Other favorite sights in Chicago include Millennium Park, McCormick Place, and Wrigley Field.
With so many transportation options, exploring Chicago is a breeze. Take advantage of metro transit at Monroe Station, Monroe Station, and Adams-Wabash Station. If you want to journey outside of the city, ride aboard a train from Millennium Station, Chicago Van Buren Street Station, or Chicago Union Station.
With its famous skyline of tall buildings, and its breathtaking natural surroundings, the Midwestern metropolis of Chicago is a truly dramatic location. Home to the highest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere, the Sears Tower, yet close to Lake Michigan, a body of water bigger than some European countries, the Windy City is a place where urbanisation meets nature. While getting around the city is easy by food, train & bus, parking is not, so consider looking for a hotel with free parking when planning your trip.
"The Windy City"
The channelling of strong gusts between Chicago's skyscrapers may make it seem like it's windier here than anywhere else in the US, but there's another reason why Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City. Chicagoans are crazy about sport, from the Chicago Bears (football) to the Blackhawks (hockey) and the Bulls (basketball). Nearby Cincinnati is equally competitive and the term Windy City was probably first used by Cincinnati newspapers covering the rivalry between the two cities.
Reaching for the sky
Downtown Chicago is known for its architecture, not at all surprising when you consider that 10 of the 50 tallest buildings in the world are located here. The Illinois capital has been at the forefront of progressive architecture and tall buildings since the late 19th century when large parts of the city were rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871. While two of the most prominent buildings, the Sears Tower and the Aon Centre, date back to the 1970s, the boom continues. Donald Trump's luxury apartment complex in the River North district was completed recently and the 2000-foot Chicago Spire is scheduled to be completed soon.
It's not sheer height alone that makes the city's architectural face so interesting; some of America's greatest architects have left their mark on Chicago, including Solon S. Beman, Walter Burley Griffin, and perhaps the greatest of all, Frank Lloyd Wright. A Chicago Card gives you admission to the city's best-known skyscrapers and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Society, and includes architectural walking tours.
Chicago and the arts
One of the best-known American paintings, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, is exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago. Next to Hopper, the museum houses an impressive collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and American paintings. Also worth a visit is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which focuses on visual art from 1945 to the present day with emphasis on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography, and works by Chicago-based artists.
Chicago is serious about culture and you'll find museums dedicated to everything from Swedish-American life to Science and Industry. A definite must-see for young and old is the Field Museum - home to "Sue", the world's largest and most famous Tyrannosaurus Rex. To get a comprehensive overview of what the city has to offer, opt for a half-day sightseeing tour, which includes museum admission as well as a trip up Hancock Tower to see the city from above. However much time you spend exploring during the day, take some time to relax in one of Chicago's hotels with a pool and make sure you keep some time aside for a night out in Chicago. It's not called the home of the blues for nothing, and venues like the Chicago Blues Bar on North Halsted pay tribute to that seven nights a week.
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