Chicago is a city that’ll captivate you with a skyline filled with avant-garde skyscrapers. From these heights, you’ll also be able to enjoy unparalleled views of the urban surroundings. The city’s loftiest attraction is the Skydeck at the world-famous Willis Tower. It promises some thrills as you whiz up to this observation deck on the 103rd floor and take a heart-stopping step into a glass box that extends out 4 ft – all while taking in jaw-dropping views across 4 states.

Other unmissable sights include the magnificent Cloud Gate sculpture in the heart of Chicago. You can also take in the cityscape from a different perspective by taking a riverboat cruise. For cool discoveries, head to Chicago’s cultural institutions such as the Field Museum of Natural History and The Art Institute of Chicago before checking out what the stores on Magnificent Mile have to offer. You can also spend a day cheering with baseball fans at Wrigley Field and a night munching on deep-dish pizza or a Chicago-style hotdog.

What to see & do in Chicago

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The choices of things to do in Chicago are wide-ranging and there’s generally something that couples, families or single travellers can enjoy beyond the magnificent skyline. Indeed, as one of America’s largest metropolises, Chicago’s skyscraper-filled panoramas are truly a sight to behold. Besides taking in the views from the water – be it from any spot on Lake Michigan or a cruise along the Chicago River – you can head...

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Where & what to eat in Chicago

Dining in Chicago introduces you to an eclectic food scene with some of the city’s unique must-tries thrown in. Your culinary adventure in the city might as well start along the Magnificent Mile or the West Loop. Even so, there’s plenty to discover outside these main areas. There are some Chicago treats that have become synonymous with the city’s cuisine. Chicago-style pizzas are one of them, known for their deep-dish...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Chicago

Shopping in Chicago treats you to virtually endless options for retail therapy, be it at world-class malls or at weekly markets where you can score great bargains. Chicago welcomes shoppers from a wide budget spectrum – you can find some of the world’s top brands at well-recognised American luxury department stores or find great bargains at the many discount outlets. Chicago’s markets also are great spots to sample fresh local...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Chicago

Nightlife in Chicago starts to gain momentum after the sun slips behind the city’s skyscraper-strewn skyline with popular nightclubs and cocktail lounges offering fun vibes and lively music. When you’re in the mood for a bar-hopping adventure with friends in the city, you can hit the lively strips such as River North or Wrigleyville and find virtually endless possibilities for a fun night out. Into craft beer? Chicago’s abundance of...

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Useful information

Our useful information about Chicago can help you in the planning process of your trip to this world-famous skyscraper city by Lake Michigan. All the Chicago information pages below include bits and pieces of travel information – there’s even a dedicated page that covers all the ‘essentials’ you’ll need to know about Chicago, including the best times to travel to the city and how to get to your hotel from...

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Where to stay in Chicago

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Take a Chicago vacation to find a potpourri of world-class museums, parks and beaches, rocking blues clubs and scenic streets. Book a Chicago hotel and discover the richness of this diverse city on Lake Michigan’s sandy shores.

Get your bearings

In Chicago, downtown means the Loop, which refers to the skyscrapers and museums encircled by the rumbling elevated train tracks of the urban transport system. North across the river, designer shops and multi-story department stores line the shopping stretch of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile. A few blocks west, River North is home to sleek clubs, art galleries, and loft dwellings. To the north, the tree-lined streets of residential Gold Coast and Old Town make for scenic strolling. Lincoln Park mixes blues clubs, trendy restaurants, and the famed Steppenwolf Theatre.

Miles of shopping

The fashion fan’s first stop in Chicago should be the Magnificent Mile, the first mile north of the loop on Michigan Avenue. Sophisticated shopping dominates here, with upscale chains, multi-story malls and chic boutiques. Fans of yesterday’s styles come to Lakeview, where shops stocked with funky antiques, collectables and vintage clothing line Lincoln Avenue. In Lincoln Park, Halstead Avenue and Clark Street draw the young professional set to designer homeware shops like CB2 and Tabula Tua, and stylish kidswear at Stinky Pants.

Dining around town

No visit to Chicago is complete without a signature tomato sauce- and cheese-filled deep dish pizza. But don’t stop there: a world of culinary flavours unfolds beneath Chicago’s crust. Hearty eaters can dig into a juicy steak in a mahogany-walled downtown steakhouse, or twirl spaghetti in a Little Italy trattoria. Splurge on a star chef’s innovative take on seafood in an elegant Lincoln Park bistro, or electrify your taste buds with fusion delicacies at a sushi counter. 

Museums and culture

Impressionist canvases and contemporary sculptures adorn the Art Institute of Chicago, while multicoloured quilts and graffiti decorate the walls of Intuit: The Center of Intuitive and Outsider Art. Take a virtual reality tour into space at the Adler Planetarium or watch exhibits come to life at the Museum of Science and Industry. At night, join in a performance of the Blue Man Group at Briar State Theatre or groove to blues in the roadhouse ambience of Buddy Guy’s Legends. 

Living history

Chicago’s history is imprinted in its wide array of architecture. Grand skyscrapers line the Loop’s streets, anchored by the mighty, geometric Sears Tower. An architectural tour sweeps through the 20th century, from the Gothic 1925 Tribune Tower to the 1980s NBC Tower, layered like a wedding cake. A walk down the leafy streets of Old Town takes you past some of the best-preserved 19th-century homes in the city. For a more comprehensive taste of the past, the Chicago History Museum covers everything from the 19th-century dresses of immigrants to memorabilia of Chicago Bulls' basketball megastar, Michael Jordan.

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