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Kimpton Hotel Allegro

Kimpton Hotel Allegro

171 W Randolph St, Chicago 60601

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3,799 reviews)

Located in the Loop's theater and business districts, Kimpton Hotel Allegro is next to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 4 block …

₹7,649
Congress Plaza Hotel

Congress Plaza Hotel

520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60605

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (12,431 reviews)

Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.

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The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile

The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile

55 East Ontario Street, Chicago 60611

4.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (3,345 reviews)

Right on Magnificent Mile, The James Chicago-Magnificent Mile puts guests in the middle of Chicago's famed shopping distric …

₹9,894
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile

300 E Ohio St, Chicago 60611

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (4,455 reviews)

Located in the northern part of downtown, Doubletree Chicago Magnificent Mile is 2 blocks from Magnificent Mile shopping an …

₹5,276
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago 60616

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (2,992 reviews)

Connected via enclosed skybridge to the McCormick Place convention complex, the Hyatt Regency is adjacent to a Metro station, …

₹8,595
The Talbott Hotel

The Talbott Hotel

20 E Delaware Pl, Chicago 60611

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Located in Near North Side, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of John Hancock Center and Chicago Water Tower. …

₹8,596
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago 60611

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (5,686 reviews)

The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront offers a newly renovated fresh look and is located two blocks from Navy Pier, …

₹9,180
Kinzie Hotel

Kinzie Hotel

20 W Kinzie St, Chicago 60654

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (4,113 reviews)

Within 2 blocks of Chicago's Magnificent Mile and the theater district, the Kinzie Hotel is located in the convenient River …

₹9,664
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, O'Hare South

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, O'Hare South

777 East Grand Avenue, Bensenville 60106

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (1,932 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cernan Earth and Space Center, Stevenson Park, and Rosemont …

₹4,661
Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

17 E Monroe St, Chicago 60603

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (9,059 reviews)

This 1925 Beaux Arts-style Chicago hotel is steps from Millennium Park, 2 blocks from Macy's and the Art Institute, and 1 mil …

₹9,044

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Pocket Guide: Chicago

With its famous skyline of tall buildings, and its breathtaking natural surroundings, the Midwestern metropolis of Chicago is a truly dramatic location. Home to the highest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere, the Sears Tower, yet close to Lake Michigan, a body of water bigger than some European countries, the Windy City is a place where urbanisation meets nature.

"The Windy City"

The channelling of strong gusts between Chicago's skyscrapers may make it seem like it's windier here than anywhere else in the US, but there's another reason why Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City. Chicagoans are crazy about sport, from the Chicago Bears (football) to the Blackhawks (hockey) and the Bulls (basketball). Nearby Cincinnati is equally competitive and the term Windy City was probably first used by Cincinnati newspapers covering the rivalry between the two cities.

Reaching for the sky

Chicago is known for its architecture, not at all surprising when you consider that 10 of the 50 tallest buildings in the world are located here. The Illinois capital has been at the forefront of progressive architecture and tall buildings since the late 19th century when large parts of the city were rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871. While two of the most prominent buildings, the Sears Tower and the Aon Centre, date back to the 1970s, the boom continues. Donald Trump's luxury apartment complex was completed recently and the 2000-foot Chicago Spire is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

It's not sheer height alone that makes the city's architectural face so interesting; some of America's greatest architects have left their mark on Chicago, including Solon S. Beman, Walter Burley Griffin, and perhaps the greatest of all, Frank Lloyd Wright. A Chicago Card gives you admission to the city's best-known skyscrapers and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Society, and includes architectural walking tours.

Chicago and the arts

One of the best-known American paintings, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, is exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago. Next to Hopper, the museum houses an impressive collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and American paintings. Also worth a visit is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which focuses on visual art from 1945 to the present day with emphasis on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography, and works by Chicago-based artists.

Chicago is serious about culture and you'll find museums dedicated to everything from Swedish-American life to Science and Industry. A definite must-see for young and old is the Field Museum - home to "Sue", the world's largest and most famous Tyrannosaurus Rex. To get a comprehensive overview of what the city has to offer, opt for a half-day sightseeing tour, which includes museum admission as well as a trip up Hancock Tower to see the city from above. However much time you spend exploring during the day, make sure you keep some time aside for a night out in Chicago. It's not called the home of the blues for nothing, and venues like the Chicago Blues Bar on North Halsted pay tribute to that seven nights a week.

"The Windy City"

The channelling of strong gusts between Chicago's skyscrapers may make it seem like it's windier here than anywhere else in the US, but there's another reason why Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City. Chicagoans are crazy about sport, from the Chicago Bears (football) to the Blackhawks (hockey) and the Bulls (basketball). Nearby Cincinnati is equally competitive and the term Windy City was probably first used by Cincinnati newspapers covering the rivalry between the two cities.

Reaching for the sky

Chicago is known for its architecture, not at all surprising when you consider that 10 of the 50 tallest buildings in the world are located here. The Illinois capital has been at the forefront of progressive architecture and tall buildings since the late 19th century when large parts of the city were rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871. While two of the most prominent buildings, the Sears Tower and the Aon Center, date back to the 1970s, the boom continues. Donald Trump's luxury apartment complex was completed recently and the 2000-foot Chicago Spire is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

It's not sheer height alone that makes the city's architectural face so interesting; some of America's greatest architects have left their mark on Chicago, including Solon S. Beman, Walter Burley Griffin, and perhaps the greatest of all, Frank Lloyd Wright. A Chicago Card gives you admission to the city's best-known skyscrapers and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Society, and includes architectural walking tours.

Chicago and the arts

One of the best-known American paintings, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, is exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago. Next to Hopper, the museum houses an impressive collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and American paintings. Also worth a visit is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which focuses on visual art from 1945 to the present day with emphasis on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography, and works by Chicago-based artists.

Chicago is serious about culture and you'll find museums dedicated to everything from Swedish-American life to Science and Industry. A definite must-see for young and old is the Field Museum - home to "Sue", the world's largest and most famous Tyrannosaurus Rex. To get a comprehensive overview of what the city has to offer, opt for a half-day sightseeing tour, which includes museum admission as well as a trip up Hancock Tower to see the city from above. However much time you spend exploring during the day, make sure you keep some time aside for a night out in Chicago. It's not called the home of the blues for nothing, and venues like the Chicago Blues Bar on North Halsted pay tribute to that seven nights a week.