Chicago, IL

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Watch a baseball game at Wrigley Field, snap photos of your reflection in Cloud Gate and explore the Windy city’s fascinating museums.

Discover sightseeing, shopping and sports in Chicago. Illinois’ largest city has a cultural scene that is as impressive as its skyline on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Within downtown Chicago’s Loop, visit galleries and restaurants. Snap a photo of Cloud Gate, known as The Bean, the iconic silver sculpture in Millennium Park. See the city unfold beneath you from the glass-bottomed ledge of Willis Tower.

Explore the neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Sunbathe on the namesake park’s public beaches, visit the animals in the Lincoln Park Zoo and discover exotic plants in the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Ride the Ferris wheel in the waterfront Navy Pier district. Go shopping along the Magnificent Mile, the city’s famed shopping strip.

At Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, tour the childhood home of one of America’s most enduring authors. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio for a peek into the legendary architect’s life and work. Nearby, see the self-proclaimed “jewel” that Wright designed, Unity Temple.

Team spirit is strong in Chicago. Watch the Chicago Bears play on their home turf at Soldier Field. Root for a home run for the Chicago Cubs at iconic Wrigley Field.

Visit Chicago’s many outstanding museums. See ancient Mesopotamian carvings and art by Claude Monet at the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn about the city’s past at the Chicago History Museum. Check out the Apollo 8 spacecraft and other fascinating exhibits at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. See dinosaur bones and Egyptian mummies at Field Museum of Natural History.

Transport yourself to an African savannah, the Australian outback and the Arctic tundra at the Brookfield Zoo.

Explore beyond Downtown Chicago and visit Shedd Aquarium. Farther afield, the North Suburbs, West Suburbs and Aurora offer a break from the city bustle. Visit LEGOLAND in Schaumburg or see a polo match in Oak Brook. Spin through dozens of roller coasters and rides at Six Flags America in Gurnee.

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Where to stay in Chicago

Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL
The price is $100 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
Located in River North, this romantic hotel is steps from Chinese Consulate and State Street. Michigan Avenue and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are also within ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,950 reviews)
"Nice view and very clean."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 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 $108 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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! (2,890 reviews)
"This was a very nice hotel indeed. Definitely will recommend."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 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 $101 per night from Jan 12 to Jan 13
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! (1,763 reviews)
"The Hot House restaurant … fresh ingredients and hospitality perfectly coincide … I loved it."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile
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.
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 $87 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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! (194 reviews)
"Great place to stay with family! A lot of thing to do around"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place
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 $101 per night from Jan 12 to Jan 13
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! (902 reviews)
"Excellent location Wonderful price Large room - very convenient space Adorable fire patio outside to enjoy the outdoor space even in the cold Great breakfast Restaurant called Etta downstairs is wonderful food !!"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
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 $89 per night from Jan 12 to Jan 13
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! (1,000 reviews)
"muy bueno para Familia"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
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.

Getting around Chicago

Public transportation in Chicago is comprehensive. Visitors can get just about anywhere in the city by combining various modes of transport, including the "L" train, CTA buses, taxis, rideshares, bicycle stations and walking. To visit Chicago's suburbs, the Metra Rail connects downtown with other Chicagoland hubs. This travel guide should provide more detailed answers concerning inter-city transportation options. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website. Browse Chicago rental cars.


Best time to visit

For warm temperatures that aren’t too hot, relatively minimal lines at popular attractions and a good range of festivals and cultural activities, try to visit Chicago between April and May or between September and October. With the highest temperatures reaching around 87 F (30 C), July is the hottest time to visit, but also one of the busiest. Avoid August if you don’t like rain, as this is the wettest month.

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