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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

Downtown Chicago
The Loop - Downtown featuring a river or creek

The Loop

4.5/5Wonderful!(187 area reviews)

The Loop
Magnificent Mile - River North

Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile
Gold Coast showing street scenes as well as a couple

Gold Coast

Gold Coast
Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Lincoln Park
South Loop showing a high-rise building and a city

South Loop

3/5(3 area reviews)

South Loop

Top hotels in Chicago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

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! (11,341 reviews)

"This visit I received an upgrade to a beautiful room with a Michigan Ave view. It was lovely."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar,2020

Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
Swissotel - Chicago
4.5 out of 5
323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
SG$180
per night
8 Apr-9 Apr

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

4.4/5Excellent! (4,872 reviews)

"The "Urban Experience Fee" is a bit much. I mean, either add that amount into the room rate, make it optional or don't charge it. LOCATION is great! Staff attentive!"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar,2020

Swissotel - Chicago
The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
SG$100
per night
22 Apr-23 Apr

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! (10,049 reviews)

"I liked the vintage charm with a modern twist. It was a great location within walking distance of Michigan Avenue and all the stores."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

The Whitehall Hotel

Popular things to do in Chicago

Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

4/5(125 reviews)

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

4.5/5(40 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(147 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(36 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(81 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(66 reviews)

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

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

94% of travellers recommend
SG$150
Per adult
Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions
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Go Chicago Explorer Pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Top Attractions

80% of travellers recommend
SG$120
Per adult
Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
SG$68
Per adult
Wendella's 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour
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Wendella's 90-min Chicago River Architecture Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$57
Per adult
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

90% of travellers recommend
SG$93
Per adult
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago

92% of travellers recommend
SG$27
Per adult

Reviews of Chicago

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 70.27863777089783%
4 - Good
87
4 - Good 26.934984520123837%
3 - Okay
9
3 - Okay 2.7863777089783284%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Lincoln Park area stunning.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

We’ve vacationed in 13 states and this was the first time in Illinois more specifically Chicago. I would go as far as to say this is now my favourite US city. I’d recommend to anyone thinking of making the trip and definitely choose the Godfrey.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

Chicago was a fantastic City to visit, loads yo do for everyone

5/5 - Excellent

NickH

4 Feb 2020

An exceptional city that personally trumps NYC.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Jan 2020

A lot of homeless and beggars.

5/5 - Excellent

Christian

2 Jan 2020

Can get very busy, we explored a lot around Christmas, which helped a lot with the crowds.

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