ChicagoUnited States of America

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Visit 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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Where to stay in Chicago

Downtown Chicago
Downtown Chicago featuring a city

Downtown Chicago

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Architecture

The heart of the Midwest’s glittering metropolis has many offerings, from shopping and dining to parks, museums and exciting contemporary public art.

The Loop
The Loop - Downtown featuring a river or creek

The Loop

Known for Urban, Architecture, Museums

4.5/5(169 reviews)

Bordered roughly by the surrounding elevated train circuit, this Chicago neighborhood has restaurants, galleries, parks and a giant silver bean.

Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Architecture

Shopaholics need look no further this glittering street packed with boutique and luxury shops, famous department stores and cafes.

River North
Shops at North Bridge featuring street scenes, cbd and a city

River North

Known for Architecture, Shopping, Urban

Known for its fantastic nightlife, stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in River North. Top attractions like Merchandise Mart and Chicago Riverwalk are major draws. Catch the metro at Chicago Station (Brown Line) or Merchandise Mart Station to see more of the city.

Gold Coast
Gold Coast which includes street scenes as well as a couple

Gold Coast

Known for Shopping, Dining, Lakes

Enjoy upscale shopping, varied dining experiences and waterfront walks at this affluent suburb set on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Lakeview
Lakeview, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Lakeview

Known for Lakes, Baseball, Sports

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Known for its lively bars and lake views, there's plenty to explore in Lakeview. Top attractions like Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Addison Station (Red Line) or Belmont Station (Red Line) to see more of the city.

Top hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
£107
per night
25 Dec-26 Dec

Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (11,842 reviews)

"the common areas are nice, happening, bar is great, and nice buffet brunch.. good service"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
4.5 out of 5
323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
£100
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Tribune Tower are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,404 reviews)

"Everything about the property was excellent. The valet was very crowded on check in and took extra time. It appeared there was only one person."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Swissotel - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
£82
per night
16 Dec-17 Dec

This family-friendly Chicago hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Michigan Avenue. Chicago ...

4.1/5Very Good! (10,761 reviews)

"Great property for the price, could have used a refrigerator in the room but all else was perfect especially the location..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Warwick Allerton - Chicago

Popular things to do in Chicago

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(38 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(138 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(35 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(74 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(64 reviews)

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

University of Chicago
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University of Chicago

4/5(14 reviews)

Enjoy the student vibe around University of Chicago, a top university in Chicago. Amble around this vibrant area's lakeside or experience its fascinating museums.

Top activities in Chicago

Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier
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Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier

£36

Equal parts boat and buildings, this river cruise gives you a from-the-water perspective of Chicago skyline and up-close views of its most iconic structures. Board an open-roofed vessel and float with the current as an architecture expert shares the fascinating history behind the Windy City's most renowned buildings.

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)

£19

At 360 CHICAGO, the guest experience begins at the ground floor with a museum-style exhibition celebrating Chicago’s history and nine of its culturally rich neighborhoods.

Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour
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Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour

£15

Explore Chicago's seedy underworld on this guided bus tour of its most famous gangsters and mobsters. Investigate the former haunts of legends like Al Capone, The Untouchables, and John Dillinger as you explore the sites of major crimes, violent deaths, and shocking trials on this guided excursion.

Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower
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Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower

£19

Take in the view from the sky-high heights of the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the United States. From the 103rd floor, look out over 4 states and the Windy City's urban sprawl, and then test your vertigo on a glass balcony to peer down at the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago beneath your feet.

Chicago CityPASS: Save on 5 Must-See Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Save on 5 Must-See Attractions

£84

Enjoy huge savings on admission to Chicago's must-see attractions with CityPASS tickets. Take your time and enjoy each attraction, with up to 9 consecutive days to use your tickets.

A Most Magnificent Mile Tour
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A Most Magnificent Mile Tour

£31

The Magnificent Mile. Considered by many to be one of the great retail boulevards in the world. On this tour, you'll find out why.

Reviews of Chicago

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Dec 2019

Weather is horrible (windy, cold and rainy) in December when i visited. Chicago is a great place in summer and the opposite in winter :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

Loved the city, I would recommend it to anyone

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

Great place great food great shopping

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Dec 2019

Fabulous city which is very walkable

5/5 - Excellent

Ben

30 Nov 2019

Great city !!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

Chicago is a beautiful city. The architecture and development around the river gives it an aesthetic that you would be difficult to find in other big cities.

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