Chicago

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Chicago featuring a high-rise building, street scenes and a city

A modern metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan that’s defined by a love for fine art, baseball and the blues.

Stroll museums and parks filled with art, and catch live blues any night of the week in Chicago’s bustling Downtown district. Or catch a lively sports game in this home to the Cubs and White Sox baseball teams, and the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

This metropolis is the third largest city in America, but getting around is easy thanks to the efficient above ground train, the ‘L’. Get your bearings from the tallest skyscraper in the US, Willis Tower, which defines the city’s skyline. The viewing platform, 1,353 feet (412 meters) above the busy streets, offers unparalleled vistas of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and other main attractions.

Lincoln Park, just north of downtown, has beaches, sporting grounds and landscaped gardens. Soak up the history of the Windy City at the Chicago History Museum, located on the southern end of the park. Take a stroll through the indoor gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or spend an afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This public zoo houses more than 1,000 animals. Brookfield Zoo, 12 miles west of the city center, is more than double the size and features dolphin displays, big cats, a variety of primates and more.

Head back into the Loop district downtown for some of the best shopping in the city, along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. It’s a good place for lunch or dinner, or people watching while you sip a coffee or beer. Just south of the Magnificent Mile is the expansive Art Institute of Chicago well worth a visit for its collection of European and American masterpieces that include Monet, Van Gogh, and much more. Nearby is Millennium Park, a meeting place with public art and spectacular summer concerts.

Chicago’s Museum Campus is located in the South Loop, just a few miles by car or a few stops on the “L” from downtown. The Field Museum is filled with natural history, while the Museum of Science has interactive exhibits such as a mock coal mine and an airplane.

Some of America’s most influential figures came from Chicago. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum and House, where the famous writer was born. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first house is in the pretty Oak Park neighborhood (called the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio). He designed many houses and buildings in the area, including Unity Temple, considered one of his best. On your way back into town, stop off at the Garfield Park Conservatory, an urban oasis of rare and exotic plants.

No trip to Chicago would be complete without catching a baseball game at the legendary Wrigley Field. At night, head to Navy Pier, packed with lively bars and restaurants. Another option is to head out for a night of blues at one of Chicago's legendary clubs. Check out B.L.U.E.S. near downtown on Chicago's north side or Kingston Mines a few miles north near Lincoln Park. Both of these long established venues have music every night of the week.

Where to stay in Chicago

Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
The price is HK$1,063 per night from 8 Jun to 9 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.7/5 Good! (3,853 reviews)
"建物が歴史があって重厚感があります。部屋も清潔にしてあって広かったです。"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Congress Plaza Hotel
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
21c Museum Hotel Chicago
4 out of 5
55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,484 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (652 reviews)
"With one elevator down, it took almost 35 min for me to finally get a way to get downstairs. This was on multiple occasions. Was told by front desk you just have to wait. I think in this situation maybe opening up thr service elevator may have been considered, or at least signage on the broken ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

21c Museum Hotel Chicago
Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
4 out of 5
71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is HK$1,798 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Chicago. Enjoy room service, a 24-hour fitness centre and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,821 reviews)
"Very good"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown
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WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
2.5 out of 5
991 E. Lake Street, Addison, IL, 60101
The price is HK$620 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Addison. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.2/5 (112 reviews)
"Overall Everything was nice..But the smell of WEED in the entire building/room was aweful...."

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2022

WoodSpring Suites Chicago Addison
The Chicago Hotel Collection - Millennium Park
The Chicago Hotel Collection - Millennium Park
2.5 out of 5
55 E Washington St., Chicago, IL, 60602
The price is HK$982 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this aparthotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in their reviews. ...
2.9/5 (37 reviews)
"Read the reviews beforehand was nervous about my stay there but I made sure to take all the necessary essentials in case you need anything there is a Walgreens near by. Self check in and self check out was simple and easy. I had an amazing stay there."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2022

The Chicago Hotel Collection - Millennium Park
Sonder South Wabash
Sonder South Wabash
3.5 out of 5
1419 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and concierge services. Popular attractions Soldier Field and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (56 reviews)
"Excellent, location is perfect!"

Reviewed on 24 May 2022

Sonder South Wabash
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.

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