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  • Chicago city guide

    America's third-largest city rightly earns its nickname 'Chicagoland.' There are enough world-class museums, ethnic eateries and outdoor concerts in this sprawling Illinois city to keep the culture fans happy, while sports addicts shouldn't leave without seeing the Cubs on home turf at Wrigley Field. After a long day shopping the Mag Mile, catch a comedy show at Second City or hang with the hipsters in Wicker Park/Bucktown and fully understand why this approachable, ambitious city sticks in the mind, long after you've left.

    Travel information

    Chicago has two major airports, Midway (MDW) and O'Hare International Airport (ORD). O'Hare is about 45 minutes northwest of downtown Chicago, while Midway is much smaller and slightly closer at just 25 minutes away. Both are connected to the 'L', Chicago's impressive public transport system: Midway to the orange line, and O'Hare to the blue line.

    Where to stay? Chicago neighborhoods

    The Loop

    Downtown, or "The Loop," is a packed with skyscrapers, including Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings on the planet. Hotels here land you in striking distance of Millennium Park, the Planetarium and the Art Institute.

    Mag Mile/Near North

    Shoppers will make their way up and down Chicago's Magnificent Mile, home to major retailers like Nike, Ralph Lauren, American Girl Place, Burberry and H&M, along with plenty of restaurants and cafes in which to rest those weary soles. Hotels range from classic to modern, and most are within walking distance of Navy Pier, Oak Street Beach and Lake Michigan.

    River North

    Best known for the sheer volume of art galleries within its boundaries, River North makes sight-seeing inspirational -- from the design district chock-full of contemporary interior stores, to the Merchandise Mart. The area is also brimming with trendy restaurants and late-night clubs, which cluster around Hubbard Street.

    Lincoln Park/Lakeview

    Lincoln Park has more of a hip, local vibe, with its vibrant park, legendary zoo, boutique shops and the ever-present college pack. Neighboring Lakeview is home to Wrigley Field, and dotted with independent theaters and a buzzing nightlife scene.

    Things to see and do

    Wrigley Field

    Built in 1914, the home of the Cubs seats over 41,000 and has bragging rights as one of the countries oldest ballparks, second in age only to Boston's Fenway Park. Even if you can't score tickets to a game, you can still take a tour during baseball season, but book in advance to get your mitts on a limited ticket.

    Art Institute of Chicago

    Though you'll probably check out 'American Gothic' with the rest of the art crowds, don't neglect the impressive collection of Renoirs, Rossettis and Hoppers here, along with brilliant indigenous art from India to Africa. If your taste leans more modern, pay a visit to the super sleek Modern Wing, designed by Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.

    Millennium Park

    Summer months are a magnet to this city gem, where you can enjoy outdoor concerts at Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavillion, play with your reflection at Cloud Gate (aka 'The Bean'), or splash in the Crown Fountain, two interactive sculptures with playful "spitting" images.

    Museum Campus

    An ambitious walk along the Lakefront Trail will bring you to Museum Campus, where you can spend an afternoon with T.rex 'Sue' at the Field Museum, stargazing at the Planetarium, or watching dolphin shows and marine life at Shedd Aquarium.

    John Hancock Center

    A permanent fixture in the Chicago skyline, this slick black tower has great places to shop, eat and drink, but it's the dizzying heights at 360 CHICAGO that pulls in the visitors. The latest hair-raising addition is Tilt, a glass-panel platform that slowly tilts outward, giving downward-facing views of the city.

    Events and entertainment

    Lollapalooza is probably Chicago's biggest claim to fame as far as music festivals go, with a cutting-edge line-up of huge rock and indie names playing every summer in Grant Park. Blues fans should make the Chicago Blues Festival top of their list in June, as well as being the biggest celebration of the city's music scene, it's also free.

    June also sees the city slip on its dancing shoes for Chicago SummerDance: eleven weeks of professional lessons and outdoor shindigs. In July, fervent foodies won't want to miss Taste of Chicago, where you can sample the best of the city's cuisine. The festivities continue through the fall and winter, with everything from beer tasting to film festivals to the lighting of Michigan Avenue.

  • Chicago Neighborhood Highlights

    Gold Coast
    • Designer stores (Hermes, Prada) and luxury boutiques on Oak Street
    • Rush and Division St. nightlife; fine dining at Carmine's, Gibson's Steakhouse
    • Walkable to Oak Street Beach and the Mag Mile; easy access to Lake Shore Drive
    • Locals Know: Weekends lure cougars and daddies to the "Viagra Triangle."
    Downtown
    • Windy City landmarks: Willis Tower, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, "The Bean"
    • State Street shopping, Chicago Theatre, Orchestra Hall and the Art Institute
    • Easy access to taxis, buses, Metra and the L
    • Locals Know: During summer, take a water taxi along the Chicago River.
    Magnificent Mile
    • Major retailers, Hancock and Wrigley buildings, Tribune Tower
    • Pedestrian-friendly streets; easy access to the L and Lake Shore Drive
    • Gut-busting eateries from Lawry's prime rib to Billy Goat Tavern "cheeseborgers"
    • Locals Know: Hit the Signature Room in the Hancock for drinks with a view.
    Museum Campus
    • World-class exhibits at the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium
    • Stroll through Grant Park; Soldier Field, McCormick Place, Northerly Island
    • Easy access to taxis, CTA buses and Lake Shore Drive
    • Locals Know: Gasp over the sparkling skyline views from the planetarium.
    O'Hare Airport
    • Convenient to the Allstate Arena, Rosemont Theatre and western suburbs
    • Minutes from the convention center in Rosemont
    • 45-minute train ride from downtown via the CTA blue line
    • Locals Know: Check out the huge Brachiosaurus dinosaur in Terminal 1.
    River North
    • Popular and trendy dining: Ed Debevic's, Lou Malnati's, Quartino, Topolobampo
    • Late-night clubs near Hubbard St, Blue Chicago and Redhead Piano Bar
    • Walkable to the Loop and Mag Mile; easy access to the L and 90/94 expressways
    • Locals Know: Load up on glam goods and antiques near the Merchandise Mart.

Recently booked Chicago hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Club Quarters Wacker at Michigan
The Loop
18 minutes ago 3 stars $80
Raffaello Hotel
Magnificent Mile
33 minutes ago 4 stars $149
Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park
The Loop
37 minutes ago 3 stars $125
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Millennium Park
1 hour ago 4 stars $199
River Hotel
The Loop
1 hour ago 3 stars $98
Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel
Magnificent Mile
1 hour ago 3 stars $125
Omni Chicago Hotel
Magnificent Mile
2 hours ago 4 stars $189
dana hotel and spa
River North
2 hours ago 4 stars $189
Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
The Loop
3 hours ago 4 stars $143
Red Roof Inn Chi Downtown Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile
3 hours ago 2 stars $124

Recently Rated Chicago Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
Millennium Park
4.2 / 5
209 reviews
4 stars $186
Hyatt Place Chicago River North
River North
4.3 / 5
52 reviews
4 stars $180
Omni Chicago Hotel
Magnificent Mile
4.3 / 5
279 reviews
4 stars $189
Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront
Magnificent Mile
4.1 / 5
444 reviews
3 stars $159
Crowne Plaza CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE
Magnificent Mile
3.9 / 5
97 reviews
4 stars $162
Central Loop Hotel
The Loop
4.0 / 5
482 reviews
3 stars $98
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Millennium Park
4.4 / 5
27 reviews
4 stars $200
The Westin Chicago River North
The Loop
3.9 / 5
97 reviews
4 stars $254
Park Hyatt Chicago
Magnificent Mile
4.6 / 5
19 reviews
5 stars $293
Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel
Magnificent Mile
3.4 / 5
247 reviews
3 stars $125

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Featured Chicago Hotels

From $125

1 Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel

3 stars
3.4 / 5 247 reviews

162 East Ohio Street Map

Contemporary style, European charm in ChicagoIn the Roaring '20s, this boutique Streeterville hotel hosted celebrities and showgirls. While those times have faded, the air of glamour remains at the... More

Great Affordable Location
I would say that the location was superb! The hotel staff was friendly and they have a nice personal touch through their text messaging service. The room was clean, but not decorated fancy and the...
Jul 7, 2014
From $125

2 Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

3 stars
3.4 / 5 1498 reviews

520 South Michigan Ave Map

Save 10% on your stay

With its neon-red sign standing out against the Chicago skyline, its vaulted Italianate ceilings, and glimmering 'Gold Room' banquet hall, the Congress Plaza Hotel makes an imposing first... More

Good for the price
The hotel is definitely a little out of date and past its prime but still has a nice old charm to it. The pillows were not very comfortable and the TV wasn't too great but you can't beat the price...
Jul 7, 2014
From $149

3 The Palmer House Hilton

4 stars
4.1 / 5 1085 reviews

17 East Monroe Street Map

Step into the lobby of Palmer House® A Hilton hotel and gaze at the famous frescoed ceiling of this landmark Chicago, Illinois hotel. This AAA four-diamond rated hotel has been hosting visitors to... More

Weekend Getaway
Great location. Great amenities. Steps away from museums and attractions, public transit, restaurants and shops. Shops and food within the building as well. Overall, a wonderful weekend.
Jul 7, 2014
From $159

4 Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago

4 stars
4.0 / 5 863 reviews

701 North Michigan Avenue Map

Stay 4 Nights and Save 22%

As one of the first high-rises to grace Chicago's fashionable Michigan Avenue, the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago became synonymous with high style, luxurious hotel accommodations and impeccable... More

nice location
Cozy small room with modern interior. Close by attraction and shopping.
Jul 7, 2014
From $149

5 Raffaello Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 312 reviews

201 E. Delaware Place Map

Stay 1 night, Save 30%

Menin Hospitality operates several luxury boutique hotels in Miami and a single hotel in Chicago, the Raffaello Hotel. This cozy boutique hotel is situated right on Michigan Avenue, very close to... More

Raffaello
I just returned from my stay at the Raffaello and it was virtually perfect for my needs. The room was not only clean but aesthetically pleasing with lovely antique molding on ceiling and textured...
Jul 3, 2014
From $167

6 Thompson Chicago

4 stars
4.4 / 5 24 reviews

21 East Bellevue Place Map

Save 25% on your stay

Original boutique hotel in the heart of the Gold CoastThe Thompson Chicago offers top tier facilities with understated elegance to leisure and business travelers alike. This four diamond property... More

Best Hotel in Chicago
From the staff, to the rooms, to the location , this is by far your best bet if you want to be in downtown Chicago. The shopping is a few steps away as well as Chicago's top restaurants. Nice...
Jun 15, 2014
From $175

7 The Talbott Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 1449 reviews

20 E. Delaware Map

Last Minute Deal!

Independently-owned and with a dedication to green practices, The Talbott Hotel has been a fixture in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood since 1927. The hotel mingles old-world sophistication with... More

Would come back!
I travel to Chicago at least once every year. I stay at a different hotel every time. This is the first hotel I would stay at again! The room is very spacous! We had a great view of Delaware...
Jul 7, 2014
From $169

8 Kinzie Hotel (formerly the Amalfi Hotel)

4 stars
4.4 / 5 1219 reviews

20 West Kinzie Street Map

Occupying the first six floors of Dearborn Plaza, the newly revamped Amalfi Hotel changed its name to the Kinzie Hotel Chicago in February 2014, as a tribute to John Kinzie, one of the city's... More

Super modern and super clean
This isn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill hotel. It has a modern decor and they definitely used the limited space very well so the rooms felt bigger than they were. So if you like ultra modern...
Jul 6, 2014
From $159

9 Hyatt Regency Chicago

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1100 reviews

151 East Wacker Dr Map

Free High-Speed Internet, Free Valet Parking

Experience the mid-city excitement of Chicago with a stay at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, a pillar of The Windy City's urban landscape. Expansive open-plan areas are flanked by sloping staircases and... More

Fantastic stay
The rooms were comfortable, the staff went out of their way to be helpful and location was perfect. Will definitely stay here again on my next trip to Chicago.
Jul 7, 2014
From $116

10 Club Quarters Central Loop

3 stars
4.1 / 5 819 reviews

111 West Adams Street Map

Business traveler headquarters in Chicago's LoopThe Club Quarters Central Loop hotel might be mistaken for an office building with its subdued presence. A black awning marks this discrete spot and... More

4th of July getaway
Good location, just a few blocks from the Union Station from which we took the train to Chicago. The Hotel arrangement was Excellent - walked in and gave name and they said everything all set....
Jul 7, 2014
From $186

11 Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

4 stars
4.2 / 5 209 reviews

200 North Columbus Drive Map

Summer Offer – Save 15% on your stay

The Fairmont Chicago makes the most of its Fairmont Hotels pedigree by offering an 11,000-square-foot spa, impressive suites, spacious boardrooms, and a reputation for throwing chandelier-lit... More

July 4th weekend
The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park was wonderful. The room was big with a great view. Very clean and comfortable. Located within walking distance to Millennium Park, State Street, Michigan Ave.,...
Jul 7, 2014
From $80

12 Club Quarters Wacker at Michigan

3 stars
4.0 / 5 855 reviews

75 E Wacker Drive Map

Business hotel just off the Magnificent MileThe Club Quarters Wacker at Michigan Avenue hotel attends to the needs of the business traveler. Perched at a picturesque curve of Wacker Drive near the... More

4th of July Weekend Getaway
The location was perfect since I was traveling by SOUTHSHORE, rooms were very clean and modern, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. I have every intention of making this my "go to"...
Jul 6, 2014
From $180

13 Hyatt Place Chicago River North

4 stars
4.3 / 5 52 reviews

66 West Illinois Street Map

Save 15% on your stay

Hyatt Place Chicago River North with 212 contemporary suites is located just north of the Loop in the citys most spectacular neighborhood to shop, dine, play and stay. In terms of Chicago River... More

Great hotel in River North
Beautiful spacious hotel room for the city. Nice little seating area with couch. Great location to walk to restaurants, bars and shopping. Plenty of cabs available outside hotel for venturing out....
Jul 7, 2014
From $189

14 Omni Chicago Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 279 reviews

676 North Michigan Avenue Map

Save 10% on your stay

The Omni Chicago is the only all suite luxury hotel on Michigan Avenue. Located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile it is surrounded by world class shopping and exciting entertainment as well as... More

4th of July getaway!
This hotel is located right off Michigan Ave. in the heart of the shopping district and not far from restaurants. My husband and I went to a concert on Northerly Island which is a 2 mile walk at...
Jul 7, 2014
From $163

15 Hotel Lincoln a Joie de Vivre Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 85 reviews

1816 N Clark Map

Save 15% on your stay

The new Hotel Lincoln is a window to the most dynamic part of Chicago's North Side, Lincoln Park. Like the neighborhood, the hotel is historic yet fresh, fun though eccentric, active but relaxed.... More

Great "staycation"
We're from the area, but we had never spent time exploring Lincoln Park. We decided to stay at the Hotel Lincoln because it seemed like a lovely establishment in an excellent location. The hotel is...
Jun 14, 2014