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Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

230 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60601

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (5,711 reviews)

On Michigan Avenue and across from Millennium Park, this rock-inspired hotel occupies the 36-story, Art Deco-style Carbide an …

£95
Virgin Hotels Chicago

Virgin Hotels Chicago

203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago 60601

4.5 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (1,276 reviews)

Centrally located in downtown Chicago’s Loop business district, this upscale hotel is a 10-minute walk from the iconic Bean …

£119
Staypineapple at The Alise Chicago

Staypineapple at The Alise Chicago

1 W Washington St, Chicago 60602

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (1,255 reviews)

Built in 1895, The Alise Chicago, a former State Street office building, is now a boutique hotel within 1 block of the Loop …

£87
The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile

The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile

55 East Ontario Street, Chicago 60611

4.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (3,345 reviews)

Right on Magnificent Mile, The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile puts guests in the middle of Chicago's famed shopping distric …

£119
Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop

Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop

111 West Adams Street, Chicago 60603

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (6,743 reviews)

Club Quarters is a club-like hotel in the center of the Loop, Chicago’s central business district. A short walk to Symphony …

£79
The Langham, Chicago

The Langham, Chicago

330 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago 60611

5.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (603 reviews)

Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wrigley Building, Chicago Theater, and Tribune …

£231
Hotel Lincoln

Hotel Lincoln

1816 N Clark Street, Chicago 60614

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (2,120 reviews)

Located in Lincoln Park, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Second City and Lincoln Park Zoo. John Hancock …

£79
Hotel Versey - Days Inn Chicago

Hotel Versey - Days Inn Chicago

644 West Diversey Parkway, Chicago 60614

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (2,502 reviews)

In Chicago's lively Lakeview neighborhood, this award-winning Days Inn is about 1 mile from Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Zo …

£72
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago 60611

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (1,682 reviews)

Located in Near North Side, this family-friendly Chicago hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wrigley Building and Tribune Towe …

£214
Kimpton Hotel Allegro

Kimpton Hotel Allegro

171 W Randolph St, Chicago 60601

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3,862 reviews)

Located in the Loop's theater and business districts, Kimpton Hotel Allegro is next to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 4 block …

£104

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Pocket Guide: Chicago

Dubbed the Windy City, this great American city is one of the world’s foremost centres for sport, music and modern art. Located in the ‘Prairie State’ of Illinois, Chicago is the metropolitan giant of the Midwest and the third largest city in the States, standing tall and proud on the edge of Lake Michigan. Home of Willis Tower,, the nation’s tallest skyscraper, you can see the Great Lake and many of the other famous sights across the city from its viewing platform, which stands a dizzying 412 metres above ground.

"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

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 was completed recently and the 2000-foot Chicago Spire is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

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 Go 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, 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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