Chicago

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Visit Chicago

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

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Where to stay in Chicago

Downtown Chicago which includes a city

Downtown Chicago

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

Downtown Chicago
The Loop - Downtown showing a river or creek

The Loop

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

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

The Loop
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

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

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

Gold Coast

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

Gold Coast
Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park

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

Lincoln Park
South Loop which includes a skyscraper and a city

South Loop

South of downtown Chicago, this neighborhood features cultural activities, sports and convention centers and a great dining and nightlife scene.

South Loop

Top hotels in Chicago

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Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
P4,774
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

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

4.1/5Very Good! (10,904 reviews)

"Loved the location of the hotel but disappointed that there was no operational bar and no suggestions of drinks in the area."…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Warwick Allerton - Chicago
The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
P2,810
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30

Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps away from 900 North Michigan Shops, John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place. Michigan Avenue and State ...

4.1/5Very Good! (9,661 reviews)

"THE Hotel Was Amazing Nothing Was Wrong About It!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

The Whitehall Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
P3,779
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Located in The Loop, this hotel is steps away from Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography and Auditorium Building and Theatre. Fine Arts ...

3.7/5Good! (6,315 reviews)

"Nice place Convenient Next door to my daughter's school"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

Congress Plaza Hotel

Popular things to do in Chicago

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

A waterfront entertainment strip with fun diversions for both young and old, with shops, restaurants and even a Ferris wheel.

Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

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

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

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

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

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

Top activities in Chicago

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)

P1,124

At 360 CHICAGO, the guest experience begins at the ground floor with a museum-style exhibition celebrating Chicago’s history and nine of its culturally rich neighborhoods.

Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour
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Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour

P2,041

Explore Chicago's seedy underworld on this guided bus tour of its most famous gangsters and mobsters. Investigate the former haunts of legends like Al Capone, The Untouchables, and John Dillinger as you explore the sites of major crimes, violent deaths, and shocking trials on this guided excursion.

Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Chicago Attractions

P5,500

Enjoy huge savings on admission to Chicago's must-see attractions with CityPASS tickets. Take your time and enjoy each attraction, with up to 9 consecutive days to use your tickets.

Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower
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Skydeck & The Ledge Tickets at Willis Tower

P1,324

Take in the view from the sky-high heights of the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the United States. From the 103rd floor, look out over 4 states and the Windy City's urban sprawl, and then test your vertigo on a glass balcony to peer down at the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago beneath your feet.

Architecture River Tour from Michigan Ave.
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Architecture River Tour from Michigan Ave.

P2,104

Equal parts boat and buildings, this river cruise gives you a from-the-water perspective of Chicago skyline and up-close views of its most iconic structures. Board an open-roofed vessel and float with the current as an architecture expert shares the fascinating history behind the Windy City's most renowned buildings.

Volo Auto Museum Admission
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Volo Auto Museum Admission

P810

Visit: Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073-9613 Sprawled out over 35 acres, the Volo Auto Museum is home to over 33 exhibits and display attractions including a camper museum, military museum, train tours, cars of the rich and famous, a Batmobile collection, muscle cars, classic cars, vintage bicycles, and much more.

Reviews of Chicago

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Aug 6, 2019

It's a place good to visit every now and then. Love the architecture of its buildings especially along the river.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 19, 2019

Downtown Chicago had several homeless and crazy people just like any big city. Just be aware of your surroundings and don’t go too far from the touristy parts of the city.

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Chicago Playlist – Great Music by Musicians from Chicago
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Chicago Playlist – Great Music by Musicians from Chicago

Whether it’s hip-hop, gospel, jazz or rock, Chicago’s contributed to the best of each genre. This playlist pays tribute to the great musical heritage of the White City.

How to Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
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How to Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago.

10 True Crime Vacation Destinations in the US
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10 True Crime Vacation Destinations in the US

For true crime fans, there’s nothing quite like standing in the spot of an infamous murder or strolling the streets once stalked by serial killers.

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