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Chicago

Chicago is a modern metropolis on Lake Michigan's shores with a pronounced fondness for art, baseball and blues. Stroll through the museums and parks during the day, and when the sun goes down, take in an evening of live blues in the bustling heart of Downtown Chicago. Or why not experience a lively sporting event and check out the hometown baseball teams, The Cubs and White Sox or the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

In this metropolis, which is the third largest city in America, public transport is efficient to say the least. It’s easy to pinpoint exactly where you are at any time too using just the skyline - simply look to the tallest skyscraper in the USA: Willis Tower. Its viewing platform, at 412 meters above the busy street level, offers an amazing view of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and other major attractions.

In Lincoln Park, just north of downtown, offers beaches, sports fields and landscaped gardens. On the south side of the park is the Chicago History Museum, which tells complete the history of the Windy City, including tales of notorious gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Stroll through the gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or spend the afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo, which houses more than 1,000 animals. Then there’s Brookfield Zoo, 19 kilometres west of the city centre; it’s more than twice as large and houses big cats, several species of primates and even dolphins.

Head back toward Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile and you’ll find the best shops in the city. It's a good place for lunch or dinner, or to watch people while sipping a coffee or a beer. Just south of the Magnificent Mile is the great Art Institute of Chicago, which is definitely worth a visit. The collection includes European and American masterpieces by greats such as Monet and Van Gogh. Nearby is the Millennium Park, a meeting place with public art and spectacular summer concerts.

Chicago has been (and is) home to some very influential people. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum and House, where the famous writer was born. You’ll also find the first house of architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the beautiful district of Oak Park (Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio). He designed number of houses and buildings in the area, including Unity Temple which is considered one of his best designs. Stop at the Garfield Park Conservatory on your way back to the centre, a city oasis with rare and exotic plants.

A trip to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without a game at legendary Wrigley Field. In the evening visit the Navy Pier with its lively bars and restaurants, or opt for a night of blues or jazz in one of the legendary clubs of Chicago. Try BLUES, just north of the centre of Kingston Mines a few kilometres to the north to Lincoln Park.


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Congress Plaza Hotel

Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
3.4
of 5, from 390 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.

£96
Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop

Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop

111 West Adams Street, Chicago
4.2
of 5, from 2,043 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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 of Trade, Willis Tower, Grant Park and the Riverfront, the Theatre District and Magnificent Mile.

£145
Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

17 E Monroe St, Chicago
4.2
of 5, from 2,556 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 1925 Beaux Arts-style Chicago hotel is steps from Millennium Park, 2 blocks from Macy's and the Art Institute, and 1 mile from Lake Michigan, Magnificent Mile shopping, and Wrigley Tower.

£117
The Whitehall Hotel

The Whitehall Hotel

105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago
4.1
of 5, from 2,116 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1927, this Chicago hotel is one block from Michigan Avenue shopping and Rush Street restaurants and nightlife; Lake Michigan is within five blocks.

£86
Chicago's Essex Inn

Chicago's Essex Inn

800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
3.6
of 5, from 1,351 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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, and a mile from Loop theaters.

£100
Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel

Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel

5300 N River Rd, Rosemont
4.4
of 5, from 697 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Rosemont hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Rosemont Theatre, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. MB Financial Park at Rosemont and Rivers Casino are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£94
Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago

Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago

701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
4.0
of 5, from 2,508 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located on Michigan Avenue in the middle of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, this 1920s Italian Renaissance hotel is surrounded by fashionable shops, 1 mile from Lake Michigan and the Art Institute.

£95
Hotel Felix Chicago

Hotel Felix Chicago

111 W Huron St, Chicago
4.0
of 5, from 1,316 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Felix Chicago is 5 blocks from the Magnificent Mile, one of America’s most dazzling thoroughfares. It’s a 7-minute cab ride to the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, whose 40 gondolas command unmatched skyline and lake views. Chicago-Red Metro Station is a 6-minute walk from the hotel.

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