Downtown Chicago

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Downtown Chicago featuring a city
The heart of the Midwest’s glittering metropolis has many offerings, from shopping and dining to parks, museums and exciting contemporary public art.

Filled with some of America’s best museums, parks and art, Downtown Chicago is a tourist’s playground. Downtown, sometimes called the Chicago Loop, shows visitors Chicagoan hospitality and attractions. Stroll along the lakefront, go shopping, learn about art, history and culture or relax in the area’s famous restaurants.

No matter the weather, Downtown Chicago’s incredible collection of museums offers unlimited ways to spend an afternoon. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s renowned Impressionist collection and stand in awe before Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks.

Gape at Sue, the large Tyrannosaurus rex at the Field Museum of Natural History. See piranhas, turtles, otters and seals at the Shedd Aquarium or fly high on Navy Pier’s 196-foot (50-meter) Ferris wheel. Get even higher at the Willis Tower Skydeck, a whopping 1,475 feet (450 meters) in the air.

Spend time outside in the area’s manicured public parks, featuring diverse gardens and public art. Watch the spectacular light show at Buckingham Fountain, an art deco construction that is one of the biggest fountains in America. Take Chicago’s classic tourist selfie in front of the reflective curves of Cloud Gate, “the Bean,” near the shores of Lake Michigan.

Shop, dine or stroll along the Magnificent Mile, a commercial district popular with tourists and locals. Catch a Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field or play on Grant Park’s fields.

Downtown Chicago is located on Chicago’s eastern border, along Lake Michigan. Drive here in 45 minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which serves various locations throughout the region and the world. Downtown Chicago is the most frequented part of the city and is quite safe. Parking can be expensive and difficult to find, so walking is best for exploring this bustling district.

At the end of a long day of museums and touring, nothing can beat a picnic under the Frank Gehry-designed arches of Millennium Park as the sun sets behind Chicago’s iconic skyline.


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Top hotels in Downtown Chicago

River Hotel
River Hotel
4 out of 5
75 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is ₹6,533 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan
₹6,533
per night
1 Jan - 2 Jan
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,535 reviews)
Just wow!
"We lucked out with a 2 bedroom suite for our family but even as a couple we will return here. A slice of old stone elegance sandwiched between glitzy modern hotels. This lovely hotel retains service, comfort and charm like none other we have seen in years. Great location within reach of transport ..."

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2022

River Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ₹8,255 per night from 4 Jan to 5 Jan
₹8,255
per night
4 Jan - 5 Jan
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! (3,838 reviews)
"Walking distance to soldier field, it has many great places for food and it’s very easy to get around.."

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2022

Congress Plaza Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL, 60611
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ₹6,941 per night from 4 Jan to 5 Jan
₹6,941
per night
4 Jan - 5 Jan
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in their ...
3.9/5 Good! (3,160 reviews)
A cosy gem
"Great location.. lovely independent hotel just a sew steps off the Magnificent Mile. Cosy bar area and comfy beds. Decor in rooms is a little bit dated but otherwise a great choice and a refreshing change from the big hotel chains in the city."

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2022

The Whitehall Hotel
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
660 North State Street, Chicago, IL, 60654
The price is ₹7,423 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
₹7,423
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,835 reviews)
"Fantastic hotel. Seems like it is still in the process of renovating. The features that are done are done well. Love the location. The staff are great."

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2022

Eurostars Magnificent Mile
CitizenM Chicago Downtown
CitizenM Chicago Downtown
4 out of 5
80 East Wacker Place, Chicago, IL, 60601
The price is ₹7,992 per night from 5 Jan to 6 Jan
₹7,992
per night
5 Jan - 6 Jan
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Navy Pier and Millennium Park are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (108 reviews)
"This hotel room is like a tiny house. Bed is comfy..no oulets on one side of bed for phone charging..loved the electronic darkening shades..hated the bathroom..no privacy..it is enclosed but with a surround."

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2022

CitizenM Chicago Downtown
The Chicago Hotel Collection - Magnificent Mile
The Chicago Hotel Collection - Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
166 E Superior Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
The price is ₹7,680 per night from 2 Jan to 3 Jan
₹7,680
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Chicago. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness centre and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,014 reviews)
"Got bumped up to a suite which was nice but not sure what the amenity charge was for outside of a couple of sodas and water."

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2022

The Chicago Hotel Collection - Magnificent Mile
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