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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.

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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 $134 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
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! (4,168 reviews)
"Excellent service"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Congress Plaza Hotel
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is $195 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
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. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,185 reviews)
"The view was breathtaking, but before we even got checked in the staff made us feel so welcomed. It was a great location. Walking distance to shopping and great restaurants and bars. Exceptional service all around."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Hyatt Regency Chicago
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 $163 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
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! (1,486 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
3 out of 5
59 E. 11th Street, Chicago, IL
The price is $132 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in The Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street and Grant Park. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (769 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel. Room was large. Full size fridge, microwave and cook top. Some basic dishes and a dishwasher! Nice large shower. 1 block walk to Grant Park or the El. The view of the lake was amazing. Definitely my new #1 hotel in Chicago."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
2.5 out of 5
110 West Huron St, Chicago, IL
The price is $146 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 8
Located in River North, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chicago Theatre, Millennium Park, and Art Institute of Chicago. Navy Pier and John G. Shedd ...
4.3/5Excellent! (716 reviews)
"My husband & I stayed here for 5 nights on our honeymoon! We loved this hotel so much! Stayed on the top floor with a perfect view of the city. I wouldn’t change a thing about this hotel!!! Everything was clean upon arrival. No complaints!!"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
3 out of 5
40 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is $152 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in River North, this aparthotel is steps from Michigan Avenue and State Street. Chicago Riverwalk and House of Blues Chicago are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)
"Want to thank Jeremy for his amazing hospitality. He made my week and appreciated how friendly and caring he was during my family's stay. You are very lucky to have such amazing person working with your company. Thanks Jeremy for all you do! ❤"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton 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.

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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Reviews of Chicago

4.6

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 4.762165117550574%
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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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