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Add that to the crowds of visitors who make the journey each year. Hitting the tarmac at Midway International Airport? Collect your bags, head 7 miles northeast and you'll be in Near West Side. Upon arrival, you'll be 2 miles from the city's heart.
Chicago Harbor Lighthouse and Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows are a few close by hotspots you'll want to see first. Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum are also highly favored by locals and visitors alike. To experience another side of Chicago, head down to the adjacent neighborhoods Grace Abbott Homes and Robert Brooks Homes.
You will find McCormick Place, one of the most iconic sights in the region, located 3 miles to the southeast.
The Chicago city center is filled with memorable diversions, like Chicago Children's Museum and Navy Pier. John G. Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum of Natural History are also worth a visit.
Second City, Dave & Buster's, Blues on Halstead and Kingston Mines are great excuses to kick back and relax.
Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, Museum of Contemporary Photography and Chicago Cultural Center are ideal for those eager to learn a bit about the local culture in Chicago.
National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago and Fine Arts Building are ideal for art aficionados. Study the artworks or just take five in the calm surroundings.
Keep an eye out for group tours or just wander the halls of Glessner House Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum and Loyola University Museum of Art. These places are perfect for stormy days.
Watch a performance at Arie Crown Theater, Harris Theater, Broadway Playhouse and Lookingglass Theatre. We recommend you pre-book your passes as soon as you can.
For a few family-friendly places, plan visits to Film Row Cinema, Harold Washington Library Center, Newberry Library and Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica.
Your kids won't want to miss out on the many wonderful creatures at Lincoln Park Zoo and Farm-in-the-Zoo.
Head over to Northerly Island Park, Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze and Pump It Up Party Zone. The children can go crazy and you can put your feet up.
Don't forget to experience a few of the outdoor areas, such as Skydeck Ledge, South Pond and Bubbly Creek.
Feel the sand under your feet as you look across the water at a local beach. Recommended ones are Ohio Street Beach, North Avenue Beach and Kathy Osterman Beach.
Lie on the grass, lose yourself in a good book and listen to the birdsong at Lake Meadows Park, Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Millennium Park and Lincoln Park Conservatory.
Find the perfect accessory, grab a bite to eat or just do some people-watching at Maxwell Street Market, 900 North Michigan Shops, Shops at Northbridge and Afrocentric Bookstore.
The nearby historic attractions will give you a better understanding of the region's unique past. Buckingham Fountain, Aon Center, Water Tower Place and Tribune Tower are not to be missed.
Spiritual sites, such as Holy Name Cathedral, S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Pilgrim Baptist Church and Fourth Presbyterian Church, can provide you with a greater understanding of the region. Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere and take a moment to think.
When you're ready for some sports action, check out the Chicago Bulls or the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. If sports are not your thing, you can still come to the stadium at one of the many music concerts staged here.
When a destination is as exciting as Near West Side, it's not surprising that there's a massive range of room and apartment options to select from. You can find 167 Near West Side accommodation options on Expedia's handy website.
The more upmarket Near West Side hotels include The Peninsula Chicago, at 108 East Superior Street, and Waldorf Astoria Chicago, located at 11 E. Walton Street. If you're after more budget-friendly options, the Old Chicago Inn, 3222 N Sheffield Ave, or the Inn at Lincoln Park, 601 West Diversey Parkway, might better serve your needs.
While you are exploring Near West Side you will almost certainly visit McCormick Place, so another option is to stay in the vicinity of this famed attraction. The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is about 0.06 miles away. Another popular choice is the Chicago South Loop Hotel, which is 0.6 miles away.
Located in Near West Side, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of UIC Pavilion, University of Illinois Chicago and United Center. Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Near West Side, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Union Station and Merchandise Mart. Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Near West Side, this romantic hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Union Station, Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge. University of Illinois Chicago and Merchandise Mart are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Near West Side, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of UIC Pavilion, University of Illinois Chicago and United Center. Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This hotel is located in Chicago (Near West Side), close to Union Park, Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge. Also nearby are University of Illinois Chicago and Millennium Park.
Located in Near West Side, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Union Station, Merchandise Mart and Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre. Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This bed & breakfast is located in Chicago (Near West Side), close to United Center.
Located in Near West Side, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of UIC Pavilion and United Center. University of Illinois Chicago and Willis Tower are also within 2 miles (3 km).