Dubbed the Windy City, this great American city is one of the world’s foremost centres for sport, music and modern art.

Located in the ‘Prairie State’ of Illinois, Chicago is the metropolitan giant of the Midwest and the third largest city in the States, standing tall and proud on the edge of Lake Michigan. Home of Willis Tower,, the nation’s tallest skyscraper, you can see the Great Lake and many of the other famous sights across the city from its viewing platform, which stands a dizzying 412 metres above ground.

One of the famous attractions you’ll be able to make out is Lincoln Park, a great place to spend many happy hours with beaches, sports grounds and landscaped gardens. To the south side of the park, you can pay a visit to the Chicago History Museum and find out more about the heritage of this legendary all-American city. In the heart of the park, meanwhile, take a stroll through the Lincoln Park Conservatory or explore the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo is home to over a thousand animals. If this whets your appetite, head for Brookfield Zoo19 kilometres west of town, more than twice the size and home to dolphin displays, big cats and all kinds of primates.

In the downtown Loop district, head for Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile for some serious retail therapy, as well as to find plenty of great spots to eat and drink. To the south of the Magnificent Mile, you’ll find the Art Institute of Chicago, which plays host to a remarkable range of masterpieces from America and Europe, with works by Monet, Van Gogh and many other famous artists lining its walls. Nearby Millennium Park also makes a great place to while away some time with public art attracting the crowds – impressive open-air concerts are held here through the summer too.

Head for the South Loop to find Chicago’s Museum Campus, just a short journey from downtown by car or on the Chicago ‘L’ elevated subway, to look around the Field Museum where you’ll find a rich array of natural history exhibits, and the Museum of Science where you can see a mock coal mine and an aircraft among the showpieces.

Chicago has of course made a huge impact on American culture, with huge icons hailing from the great city. Go and see the Ernest Hemingway Museum and House where the famous author was born. In the elegant Oak Park district, you’ll find the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio where the great architect once lived. One of his greatest works Unity Temple stands nearby. As you return into town, take a trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory, a stunning urban garden with rare and exotic plants on display.

There are some attractions for which Chicago is world-famous. Head to Wrigley Field to take in a baseball game, or go and enjoy some blues at a historic venue like B.L.U.E.S. on Chicago’s north side or Kingston Mines near Lincoln Park. Check out Navy Pier with its great bars and restaurants. Perfect for relaxation during your tri

Where to stay in Chicago

Downtown Chicago
Downtown Chicago featuring a city

Downtown Chicago

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Architecture

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

The Loop
The Loop - Downtown featuring a river or creek

The Loop

Known for Urban, Architecture, Museums

4.5/5(159 reviews)

Bordered roughly by the surrounding elevated train circuit, this Chicago neighborhood has restaurants, galleries, parks and a giant silver bean.

Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

Known for Skyscrapers, Urban, Architecture

A dazzling array of boutiques, luxury shops, famous department stores and pleasant cafés, where shopaholics can lose themselves for hours.

River North
Shops at North Bridge featuring street scenes, cbd and a city

River North

Known for Architecture, Shopping, Urban

Known for its fantastic nightlife, stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in River North. Top attractions like Merchandise Mart and Chicago Riverwalk are major draws. Catch the metro at Chicago Station (Brown Line) or Merchandise Mart Station to see more of the city.

Gold Coast
Gold Coast which includes street scenes as well as a couple

Gold Coast

Known for Shopping, Dining, Lakes

Enjoy upscale shopping, varied dining experiences and waterfront walks at this affluent suburb set on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Lincoln Park

Known for Zoo, Urban, Lakes

5/5(4 reviews)

Both a neighborhood and a park, this northern Chicago area has gorgeous scenery, residential streets lined with stately homes and extensive shopping and dining.

Top hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 out of 5
151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
Rs6,483
per night
25 Nov-26 Nov

Located in The Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Grant Park and Chicago Theatre are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (11,713 reviews)

"Very accommodating. Clean. Nicely located in the city."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Rs6,168
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

This family-friendly Chicago hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Michigan Avenue. Chicago ...

4.1/5Very Good! (10,669 reviews)

"It was a clean small room bed was a little hard but I really liked the value and the location"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
4.5 out of 5
323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
Rs6,827
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Located in The Loop, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue. Grant Park and Tribune Tower are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,301 reviews)

"It was beautiful and spacious. Wonderful view, no problems. Will go again when I go to Chicago."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

Swissotel - Chicago

Popular things to do in Chicago

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Chicago’s world-renowned baseball ground, Wrigley Field is an iconic stadium where you can learn about the all-American sport and even catch a game.

Millennium Park
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Millennium Park

4.5/5(137 reviews)

One of Chicago’s main focal points, where locals and visitors flock to see the striking art, architecture and landscape on show.

McCormick Place
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McCormick Place

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Attend an event at the United States’ largest convention center, which features hyper-modern facilities and huge exhibition spaces connected by promenades and sky bridges.

Willis Tower
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Willis Tower

4.5/5(74 reviews)

The Skydeck at Willis Tower offers the best place in Chicago for a bird’s eye view across the breadth of the city and Lake Michigan.

Art Institute of Chicago
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Art Institute of Chicago

4.5/5(63 reviews)

From ancient masterpieces to eclectic modern art, uncover a treasure trove of works from all over the world and throughout history.

University of Chicago
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University of Chicago

4/5(14 reviews)

Enjoy the student vibe around University of Chicago, a top university in Chicago. Amble around this vibrant area's lakeside or experience its acclaimed theatre scene.

Reviews of Chicago

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20 Nov 2019

Would recommend getting the city pass as it will save you lots of money

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

Fun City!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Nov 2019

Great place, friendly people, trains and buses excellent and easy to use very friendly staff.

5/5 - Excellent

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1 Nov 2019

Its beautiful citu definetly would come back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Nov 2019

Architecture boat cruise was excellent!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Brilliant, vibrant city - love it!!

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The Best Cheap Eats in Chicago
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The Best Cheap Eats in Chicago

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The Best Galleries and Art Museums in Chicago
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The Best Galleries and Art Museums in Chicago

Our pick of the best galleries and art museums in Chicago

Best Day Trips from Chicago
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Best Day Trips from Chicago

Pack a bag and discover day trip locations a short drive past the city limits.

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