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ChicagoUnited States of America

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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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
The price is £82 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in River North, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of State Street, Michigan Avenue, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago Riverwalk ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,591 reviews)

"Love everything! The hotel was nice and staff was generous."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
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 £101 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is steps away from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Clark-Lake ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,587 reviews)

"Great location. Walking distance to many Chicago sites! Beautiful river/city view from our room. Check-in and checkout were quick and can be contactless. The rooms are also very clean! Going to be staying here next time I’m in Chicago :)"…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel
Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
The price is £77 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in River North, this romantic hotel is steps away from Chinese Consulate and State Street. Water Tower Place and Michigan Avenue are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,756 reviews)

"It was amazing, everyone was professional and nice just all around good place to stay"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2020

Eurostars Magnificent Mile, previously Dana Hotel
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Chicago

LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
4 out of 5
1140 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL
The price is £171 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

This family-friendly Chicago aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of State Street, Second City and Michigan Avenue. John Hancock Center ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (43 reviews)

"The staff was very attentive and nice the place was real clean. I Would definitely stay again and would recommend."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

LEVEL Chicago – Old Town
Staybridge Suites Chicago - Glenview
Staybridge Suites Chicago - Glenview
3 out of 5
2600 Lehigh Ave, Glenview, IL
The price is £62 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Situated in Glenview, this golf aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kohl Children's Museum, Glenview Park Golf Club and The Glen Club. Northbrook Sports Complex ...

4.4/5Excellent! (674 reviews)

"It was fine. We only stayed one night and weren't there most of the time."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Staybridge Suites Chicago - Glenview
Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
3 out of 5
200 Royce Blvd, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
The price is £66 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Oakbrook Center Mall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Drury Lane Theater. College of Dupage ...

4.3/5Excellent! (730 reviews)

"It was clean with plenty of room. Staff was great. Not much parking so we did end up parking on the street 2 of our 3 nights but definitely not a deal breaker-we’d go back."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2020

Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook Terrace
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.

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