Chicago

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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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Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
The price is £86 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in River North, this romantic hotel is steps away from Chinese Consulate and State Street. Michigan Avenue and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are also ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,966 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

Eurostars Magnificent Mile
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
The price is £88 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chicago Theatre, Michigan Avenue, and Chicago Riverwalk. Grant Park and Millennium Park ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,913 reviews)
"We loved our stay! The property is walking distance from just about everything and the staff was wonderful."

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
The price is £90 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Michigan Avenue, Chicago Riverwalk and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Grant Park and State ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,780 reviews)
"Very quiet!!"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
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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 £71 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in The Loop, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Street and Grant Park. John G. Shedd Aquarium and Columbia College Chicago are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,026 reviews)
"Clean, updated room with space for a family. Walking distance to museums and restaurants, plus our room had an awesome view and my kids loved pointing out landmarks from the window. Will stay here again!"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
3 out of 5
110 West Huron St, Chicago, IL
The price is £87 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Located in River North, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chicago Theatre and Millennium Park. Art Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (917 reviews)

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place
3 out of 5
123 E. CERMAK ROAD, Chicago, IL
The price is £78 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Located in South Loop, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wintrust Arena and McCormick Place. Soldier Field and Grant Park are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (199 reviews)
"Easy access to amenities, clean rooms and property!"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place
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