Chicago is known for a lot of things. The Blues. Deep dish pizza. Sports fanatics. Chicago is all of that, and so much more! A modern skyline, gorgeous lake views, vibrant nightlife, amazing cultural and culinary experiences, and incredible entertainment make Chicago a must-see city.

Known as the Windy City, you will blow in to Chicago and not be able to find many reasons to leave!

There is a lodging option for every taste and travel budget in Chicago. From affordable and dependable chain hotels to trendy boutique hotels to hotels offering the height of luxury, accommodations run the entire spectrum. Find a place that suits your needs, and you will be close to plenty of attractions, restaurants, parks, and transportation for exploring the rest of the city.

Small but stylish rooms are the hallmark of the Hotel Burnham. Located in a renovated office building that was constructed in 1895, the cozy rooms are elegantly appointed and comfortable despite the absence of a lot of space. There is a popular eatery, the Atwood Cafe, located on the ground floor, and the hotel is in a great location.

Luxury defined, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago offers guests everything you’d expect from the name. Large, comfortable, and luxurious rooms feature spa bathrooms with Chinese marble, the service is impeccable, and the views of the city are stellar.

The Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago is a bit of an anomaly. This hotel is more resort in the city, featuring swimming pools, game room, an outdoor jogging track, a movie screening room, and verdant outdoor terraces. You almost forget that you are in a large and bustling city centre! The staff is attentive and friendly to boot. This is a perfect lodging option for families with kids.

Chicago is a foodie’s paradise, with delicacies like loaded hot dogs and delicious deep dish pizzas on every block. There are plenty of hometown favourites to visit, and there are plenty of interesting eateries to experience.

Ask any local, and they will be happy to tell you where to get the best meal of your life.

There is a reason that even the locals sign up months in advance to dine at Alinea. Though it’s not easy on the wallet, the restaurant and its menu are both easy on the eyes and the stomach.
The ever-changing menu is unique, to say the least, and features a veritable cornucopia of tastes, smells, and textures. The 18-course tasting menu will set you back $200, but the experience is definitely worth having once in your life.

Rustic decor and an open kitchen make Girl and the Goat seem homey and welcoming. This Mediterranean restaurant serves up clever menu items, heavy on goat as well as flavor. The dessert menu is an experience in itself.

Hot Doug’s is a local landmark, and a visit there is almost a requirement when you visit Chicago. They don’t serve your run of the mill hot dog. They serve up unique and homemade sausages from every conceivable meat – lamb, crawfish, chicken, even antelope. They are world famous for the duck fat fries, served on the weekends. Expect to wait in a very long line, but you can also expect to leave feeling full and very satisfied.

Chicago is home to incredible museums, scenic neighbourhoods, and plenty of family friendly attractions. At night, there are plenty of clubs – Chicago is renowned for its comedy scene – and bars that will satisfy an urge to party. Whether you spend your day at a gallery, the zoo, or simply strolling along the lakefront, you will love all that Chicago has to offer.

The Art Institute of Chicago is renowned for its stellar collection of Impressionist and Old Masters works. The museum is a work of art in it s own right, and should not be missed.

Take the kids to the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Brookfield Zoo, both well worth the trips.

Enjoy the many garden oases nestled among the urban jungle that is Chicago. Stroll through Millennium Park, attend an outdoor concert at Ravinia Park, or enjoy the beautiful 500-acre Cantigny Park, featuring beautiful gardens, and interactive museum, and a stately mansion.

Take in a baseball game at Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, or an NFL football game at Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears.

For the best weather and not quite so heavy crowds, visit Chicago in

April-May or September-October. The summer months are very popular for visitors so you can expect plenty of crowds and higher prices all over the city.

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