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

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 $103 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 6
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! (2,868 reviews)
"Location is amazing. Property has a lot to offer would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is $135 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,264 reviews)
"Great location. Close to major attractions!"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
4.5 out of 5
323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is $116 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within 15 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,050 reviews)
"Great location and room, nice view, and helpful staff"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Swissotel - Chicago
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 River North
Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
3 out of 5
110 West Huron St, Chicago, IL
The price is $84 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 9
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! (867 reviews)
"Loved the room had everything you needed for a home stay. Hated the elevators was being used by guess and staff and took forever to get on it. This property would be better with an added staff elevator."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
3 out of 5
40 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is $93 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in River North, this aparthotel is steps from Michigan Avenue and State Street. Chicago Riverwalk and House of Blues Chicago are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,062 reviews)
"It was in a perfect location for a shopping getaway. Staff was helpful, room was clean and quiet and lots of parking options nearby."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
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 $93 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
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! (965 reviews)
"Kids enjoyed"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

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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