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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
Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
River North
12 minutes ago 4 stars $169
Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago
Magnificent Mile
56 minutes ago 4 stars $119
Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile
58 minutes ago 4 stars $122
Hotel Felix
River North
1 hour ago 4 stars $109
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile
1 hour ago 4 stars $143
The Talbott Hotel
Magnificent Mile
1 hour ago 4 stars $175
Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park
The Loop
2 hours ago 3 stars $125
Raffaello Hotel
Magnificent Mile
3 hours ago 4 stars $119
Club Quarters Central Loop
The Loop
3 hours ago 3 stars $80
W Chicago - City Center
The Loop
3 hours ago 4 stars $179

Recently Rated Chicago Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
InterContinental CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE
Magnificent Mile
4.0 / 5
230 reviews
4 stars $144
River Hotel
The Loop
3.9 / 5
352 reviews
3 stars $80
The Silversmith Hotel Chicago
The Loop
4.2 / 5
218 reviews
3 stars $149
Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago
River North
4.6 / 5
35 reviews
5 stars $316
Crowne Plaza CHICAGO METRO DOWNTOWN
The Loop
3.9 / 5
98 reviews
3 stars $152
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Magnificent Mile
4.8 / 5
22 reviews
5 stars $307
Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport
3.9 / 5
119 reviews
4 stars $99
Rodeway Inn Chicago
2.4 / 5
5 reviews
1 star $75
Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago
Magnificent Mile
4.0 / 5
580 reviews
4 stars $119
Kinzie Hotel (formerly the Amalfi Hotel)
River North
4.4 / 5
751 reviews
4 stars $159

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Featured Chicago Hotels

From $125

1 Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

3 stars
3.3 / 5 1070 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 location, for the money
Location is perfect to walk to museum district, millennium park, art institute, and good restaurants near by. only issue we had was sink in the room was not working,
Aug 15, 2014
From $175

2 The Talbott Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 1158 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

Great Hotel. Great Price.
Friendly staff. Free wifi. Centrally located. Overall ver pleasent.
Aug 16, 2014
From $126

3 Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 214 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

Location,locatio,location
The location couldn't have been better. Michigan ave.was just around the corner and we could walk to almost everything we wanted to see.Hotel staff were polite and helpful.The hotel needs a bit of...
Aug 12, 2014
From $122

4 Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile

4 stars
3.9 / 5 77 reviews

160 E. Huron St. Map

Picture-perfect location near Michigan Avenue shopping and restaurants A visit to Chicago wouldn't be complete without a stroll along the Magnificent Mile, so the properties closest to the grand... More

Perfect location
This hotel is in the perfect location. Walking distance to everything, Navy Pier, Rush Street bars and restaurants and Michigan Street shopping. The rooms have spectacular views and are big and...
Aug 13, 2014
From $135

5 Hyatt Regency Chicago

4 stars
4.1 / 5 723 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

birthday vay kay
We were more than pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and style of this hotel. The only gripes I have are the elevators, mini bar, and our room bill. We spent 4 nights hanging out in Chicago...
Aug 12, 2014
From $109

6 The Palmer House Hilton

4 stars
4.1 / 5 658 reviews

17 East Monroe Street Map

Rate includes Breakfast

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

Guilded Aged Gem
If elegance is your thing, then the Palmer House is the place for you. It is old; remodeled to not lose its grandeur. Centrally located to Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Marshall Fields. Rooms...
Aug 15, 2014
From $119

7 Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago

4 stars
4.0 / 5 580 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

Warwick
Great location!! Clean hotel. Just wish they had bottle water in the room along with a pen to write with. Views were minimal if any.
Aug 17, 2014
From $159

8 Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 311 reviews

171 W. Randolph St. Map

Save 30% on your stay

The belle of Chicago's theater districtWhen Broadway shows comes to town, the Hotel Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, is the first place that comes to mind for lodging. The Cadillac Palace Theater... More

Convenient Stay
The service at this hotel is OUTSTANDING! This hotel is very clean. This hotel seems committed to pleasing the guests. Beds were comfortable. Room temperate. Location convenient. We had a regular...
Jul 21, 2014
From $159

9 The Drake Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 180 reviews

140 East Walton Place Map

From its beginning on New Year's Eve 1920 to today, The Drake Hotel has defined elegance and hospitality. Set in the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood at the start of the Magnificent Mile, this... More

Most Enjoyable Stay
We had a wonderful stay at the Drake Hotel. The location could not be better and the staff was top rate! I highly recommend this hotel!
Aug 6, 2014
From $119

10 Raffaello Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 247 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

Chicago Reprieve
The Raffaello is in a great location. One block from John Hancock. Great breakfast/lunch nook on bottom level of JH - l'appetito. Also Cheesecake Factory located in same area. Not far away 2-3...
Aug 3, 2014
From $152

11 The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

4 stars
4.3 / 5 50 reviews

127 W Huron Map

Godfrey means peace and welcome; welcome to The Godfrey Hotel Chicago. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago offers unforgettable style from the Cubist-influenced facade to the chic accommodations, each... More

Excellent!
We stayed for three nights. The location was great, close to metro stops and restaurants. We did not make it to the rooftop, though there was always a line to get in at night, so it must've been...
Aug 3, 2014
From $175

12 Swissotel Chicago

4 stars
4.1 / 5 297 reviews

323 E Wacker Dr Map

Book early and save 10% on your stay

An all-glass triangular hotel, wedged into the confluence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, has spectacular wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Grant Park. Swissotel Chicago offers 661... More

Absolutely wonderful!
The hotel is beautiful and the beds are the most comfortable beds I've slept on at a hotel! Everyone was so nice and helpful! We loved our stay!
Aug 6, 2014
From $116

13 The Whitehall Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 1191 reviews

105 E. Delaware Place Map

Save 20% on non-refundable with advance purchase

The independently-owned Whitehall Hotel is Chicago's answer to the quirky boutique hotel, with a prestigious list of past guests that includes Katharine Hepburn and Mick Jagger. The Whitehall has... More

Training/Family Getaway
My family and I stayed at the Whitehall while I trained at the Westin Hotel. The location was great; not a long walk to Walgreens, food, entertainment, and the beach/Navy Pier! Staff was very...
Aug 16, 2014
From $80

14 Club Quarters Central Loop

3 stars
4.1 / 5 522 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

Comfortable for business travel
Comfortable room, friendly and helpful staff. I'll stay again. Only negative is that it is hard to find an ironing board.
Aug 15, 2014
From $159

15 dana hotel and spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 214 reviews

660 N State St Map

Modern retreat for healthy living in downtown ChicagoThe dana hotel and spa in Chicago's River North neighborhood balances the beauty of natural elements with the latest technology to create a... More

Upbeat and sassy hidden treasure
This is my first stay at any hotel in Chicago while visiting my girlfriend, so of course I want it to be perfect. This hotel fit everything we wanted it for. A friendly staff, clean and modern room...
Aug 12, 2014