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Situated right in the heart of the American Midwest and nicknamed the ‘Windy City’, Chicago is bound to blow you away. From towering skyscrapers offering panoramic views over the vast Lake Michigan to world-famous museums, America’s third-largest city has something for everyone.

In terms of architecture, it’s hard to know where to look first when you’re in Chicago. You can’t miss 875 North Michigan – previously known as the John Hancock Center. At 1,500 feet tall, it looms large over the city and was one of the world’s tallest buildings when it was completed in 1969. Other buildings of note include the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower – which has fragments of the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat and the Great Pyramids embedded in its exterior – and the Prairie-style Robie House.

The multitude of museums and art galleries found here is arguably the jewel in Chicago’s crown. The big hitters are the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, but there are others which are well worth a visit. Head to the Adler Planetarium for a chance to see high-tech astronomy exhibits, or explore the vibrant National Museum of Mexican Art.

If lip-smackingly good food and hefty portions is your thing, then you’re going to need to loosen your belt. From deep-dish pizza washed down with lager to spicy beef sandwiches and peanut butter and banana waffles, Chicago is a culinary powerhouse.

Tonight

From $119 per night

This weekend

From $664 per night

Next weekend

From $393 per night

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Average weekend price $203 per night
Average weekday price $213 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

Chicago's skyscrapers are definitely Architectural...

October 2, 2023

Chicago's skyscrapers are definitely Architectural Wonders! There are plenty of Tourist Spots to visit like the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Arts, & Willis Tower! One must try the Boat Ride for an informative overview of Chicago's best buildings. You must also watch a Musical at one of the theatres, we saw Hamilton at the Nederlander. There are plenty of restaurants including the 5 storey Starbucks Reserve & Roastery. Plus shopping spree along Michigan avenue, State road, or try the Chicago Fashion Outlet! Definitely had a wonderful time in the Windy City!😍

Anonymous
10

I've been to Chicago about 20 times.

September 30, 2023

I've been to Chicago about 20 times. It's one of the best places for the Arts , museum, concerts, shopping. There's always something fantastic going on in Chicago. I'm 5 hours away but it's a great getaway every time .

Anonymous
10

Chicago is a great place to visit.

September 22, 2023

Chicago is a great place to visit. I go there for the museums and cultural activities. It is a great city for walking, especially around the Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier areas. I love the variety of restaurants and places to shop. As big cities go, Chicago is a favorite of mine.

Allyn
Allyn United States of America
8.0

The hotel was very clean.

September 18, 2023

The hotel was very clean. The staff was very friendly. They offered valley parking which was great. Be aware however that parking is an additional $50 per day and there are no free parking options. Breakfast was delicious with many hot breakfast choices. Coffee was delicious. Rooftop patio was very nice with a great view of the city. They offered gas fire tables which was very nice along with drinks served on the patio. Rooms were clean and spacious. I would highly recommend for a work or leisure.

First Church of God
First Church of God
10

Chicago is beautiful.

September 15, 2023

Chicago is beautiful. The food was incredible. The people seem friendly. I got to see the amazing skyline from the sunset cruise. Must do: Walk Millionaire mile (shopping) Giordano’s Pizza Garrett’s Popcorn Robinsons BBQ

Audrey
Audrey United States of America
10

Chicago is a very walkable city.

September 13, 2023

Chicago is a very walkable city. There are a lot of vibrant neighborhoods with their own character, offering a variety of small vintage shops, and coffee places. There are many things to do as trying new foods/drinks, attending festivals/concerts, going to the beach, or visiting museums. For a view and good cocktails, you can visit Cindy's Rooftop. After some exploration of the neighborhoods, you can stop at Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery for variety of beers. For music, dances, and a fun environment check out the Navy Pier calendar. You might be lucky to attend the fireworks show as well! If you are into art and architecture go to the Art Institute of Chicago and take an architecture board tour. I definitely recommend Chicago (in summer especially)! Very lively and warm (but windy) city!

Anjela
Anjela Georgia

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