Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.
Built in 1927, this Chicago hotel is one block from Michigan Avenue shopping and Rush Street restaurants and nightlife; Lake Michigan is within five blocks.
The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront offers a newly renovated fresh look and is located two blocks from Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile shopping, and within walking distance to Millennium Park.
Connected via enclosed skybridge to the McCormick Place convention complex, the Hyatt Regency is adjacent to a Metro station, with easy access to Chicago's downtown hub. Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears, is a 15 minute walk away.
Located in the Loop's theater and business districts, Kimpton Hotel Allegro is next to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 4 blocks from Millennium Park, and 1 mile from the Magnificent Mile.
Within 2 blocks of Chicago's Magnificent Mile and the theater district, the Kinzie Hotel is located in the convenient River North district, a mile from the Hancock Tower and Lake Michigan.
This triangular, 43-story glass hotel is across the street from the Chicago River, 3 blocks from the lakefront running path, and 4 blocks from the Wrigley Building and the Magnificent Mile.
Located in the northern part of downtown, Doubletree Chicago Magnificent Mile is 2 blocks from Magnificent Mile shopping and dining, 3 blocks from Lake Michigan, and 5 blocks from Navy Pier amusements.
The "L" Train connects you to the city using elevated tracks, hence its name. There are more than 140 rail stops throughout the city, and the Red and Blue lines run around the clock. The Chicago Transit Authority operates the second-largest public transit system in the U.S., and it also offers a robust bus schedule. You can also grab land and water taxis if you want a quick trip from the Magnificent Mile to one the top Chicago hotels.
When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go—but there aren’t a ton of public restrooms in Chicago. While you’re in the Loop and along the waterfront, you’ll have more options than when you venture out to smaller neighborhoods. That being said, the city also prides itself on having some pretty unique bathrooms worth a visit. For instance, the women’s room at the Signature Lounge level of the John Hancock Center has floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city. At Homeslice bar in Lincoln Park, the walls are covered in pennies.
Chicago’s list of attractions runs as deep as the mozzarella on a homemade slice at Tano’s Pizzeria. You can save some dough by getting a Go Chicago Card or CityPass, which provide discounted entry fees at places such as Willis Tower and the Art Institute.
Illinois sees all four seasons, so your experience will depend on when you visit. In the summertime, the average temperature in Chicago is about 80 degrees and Lake Michigan will tempt you to take an afternoon cruise. By the time winter rolls around, the temperature drops to an average of 32 in January and you can expect to see snow—so bundle up.
1. Visit Navy Pier (1.2 miles from the Swissotel Chicago)
Jutting out into Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier is one of the most popular attractions in the city. It’s filled with restaurants, bars, a Ferris wheel, and a beer garden. Bring your kids or have some adult time; the pier is perfect for any type of vacation.
2. Explore Millennium Park (0.5 miles from the Congress Plaza Hotel)
A trip to Chicago without a stop in Millennium Park is like a trip to San Diego without going to the beach. You’ll find the Windy City’s famous metallic bean here, formally called Cloud Gate, as well as the 5-acre Lurie Garden and Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Grab a hot dog from a nearby cart and spend an afternoon exploring the legendary park before you hit up nearby shopping or theater venues.
3. Go to the Willis Tower (1.1 miles from Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront Hotel)
Once named the Sears Tower (and still called that by lots of locals), this skyscraper is perhaps the most iconic part of the Chicago skyline and the tallest building in North America. Head to the observation deck, and you can walk out onto the glass-bottom ledge if you dare.
Book your hotel on Travelocity today, and you’ll be dreaming of piping hot marinara sauce tonight. Between the bounty of art and theater, your vacation in Chicago will keep you entertained and then some. Whether you spend the rest of your time cheering on the home team at Wrigley Field or eating your way through the Loop is up to you.