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Chicago, Illinois, Travel Guide

The Windy City. Don’t let the nickname fool you.  Chicago isn’t just about the breeze off the lake or the love of deep-dish pizza.  This is a city that is truly one-of-a-kind and the hotels in Chicago live up to the same standards.  From functional, to affordable, to living in luxury – and even a few that will bring fantasy to life – any and all travelers are sure to find a place to call home while visiting this amazing city.

Music, Marathons, and Meetings

Chi-town calling your name for one of its music festivals like Lollapalooza, Blues Festival, or a trip to Ravinia? Or, is it the beaches, zoo, culture, or sporting events that draws you to this comfortable city?  Perhaps it is more of a convention and boardroom business meeting type of visit that has you looking at hotels in Chicago.  Maybe you are one of the 40,000 plus individuals that come to run the Chicago Marathon.  No matter the time of year or of the purpose of your trip, you are in for a treat.

Spring and summer are beautiful in Chicago – serving up festival after festival, farmers’ markets, outdoor concerts in Grant Park, fireworks at Navy Pier, and gorgeous days at the beach. Fall and winter may bring colder temperatures, but that doesn’t slow the city down.  See one of the many concerts, plays, shows, or musicals.  Explore the world of food that Chicago has to offer. And, don’t forget to fit in some fall baseball with a Cubs or White Sox game or catch the Stanley Cup champs, the Blackhawks, at the United Center for some hockey fun.

A Little History

It is no surprise that Chicago is full of character with a history such as it has.  Dating back to the 1800s with the nomination of Abraham Lincoln into presidency, the Great Fire in 1871 that destroyed the majority of the city, and then the world’s first skyscraper appeared on the skyline shortly after. If that wasn’t enough to give the city, and everyone in the world, something to talk about, the 1900s certainly spiced things up.  Enter the gangsters, speakeasys, and crime. Remember Al Capone – yup, Chicago was his home.

Chicago continues to be on the forefront of setting standards for the world with its architecture, museums, universities, events, and over 30 Fortune 500 companies making the choice to call Chicago and its ‘burbs their home. Hotels in Chicago are your gateway into experiencing the history and modern day achievements of this city.

Food – Not Just Pizza and Hotdogs

Although known for its deep-dish pizza and famous Portillo’s hotdogs, Chicago’s food scene is not to be dismissed so quickly.  You could build a trip solely around experiencing the world of food as put on by Chicago.  Many of the hotels in Chicago house the best of the best restaurants. Within the Trump Hotel you will find Sixteen, known for its eclectic menu that revolves around multi-course tasting experiences, all while serving up a panoramic view of the city.  Or, you could choose a hotel near Chicago’s Restaurant Row, on Randolph Street in the West Loop, and make your way through local popular spots such as Au Cheval, Vivo, or Perez to name just a few.  Of course if you are looking for a local spot to watch a game or grab a pint of one of the many local brews, you won’t have to go far in any Chicago neighborhood.

Places to Go & Things to Do

Grant Park, located right in the middle of downtown, spans over 300 acres and provides endless adventures year-round.  Venture to the northern tip and you’ll find Millennium Park.  Home of the “Bean,” a not to be missed Chicago attraction.  Are you looking for educational experiences? No problem.  Check out options like the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium, all located on Museum Campus in the southern tip of Grant Park. In the middle of Grant Park, you’ll find Buckingham Fountain – a site to visit at night in the warmer months when the fountain is lit and often live music is nearby. Although the park is a little bigger than the average stroll, you can easily get from site to site via cab, Divvy rental bikes (in the warmer months), or city bus. It’s understandable why many of the hotels in Chicago border this beautiful park along the lake.

Wander down to Navy Pier and experience the festivities that this floating wonderland has to offer.  In the summer months, you can ride the Ferris wheel or carousel, catch a boat tour, or enjoy the park.  There is shopping, the Children’s Museum of Chicago, the Shakespeare Theatre, as well as large convention center that hosts many events throughout the year.

The neighborhoods of Chicago offer up mini cities within the city each offering its own personality and charm.  If you are a sports fanatic, head up to Wrigleyville and take a tour of Wrigley Stadium – the century old stadium and home to the Cubs.  If boutiques, old homes, and a local’s neighborhood are more your style, Lincoln Park is your place.  Home to the Lincoln ParkZoo (open year round and free), this neighborhood is a joy to wander through with gorgeous homes, small local eateries, and pubs along with the famous entertainment of Second City. Art galleries, restaurants, and some nightlife all rolled into the historical feel of Chicago interest you? River North it is. Just across the river from downtown, River North has all the history rolled into one place.  It’s the site of the Great Fire and where you can find Trump Towers and the Green Door Tavern (one of the oldest bars in Chicago).

Getting Around

Having two major airports service the Chicago area – O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport – it should be no problem getting in and out of the city.  Both airports are within easy driving distance to downtown should you choose to rent a car.  If a rental car isn’t in your plans, plenty of taxis are available, as well as public transit, to get you where you need to go. Many hotels in Chicago are within walking distance of downtown attractions, but if you should choose to stay by the airport or want to wander farther than walking distance, the Metra trains travel from downtown out to many of the suburbs while the L, Chicago’s subway, can bring you all around downtown.