Chicago is divided into well-defined neighborhoods, and you can select Chicago hotels based on the neighborhoods you plan to spend the most time in. In Near South is the sprawling Museum Campus, which consists of three large museums. Stargaze at the Adler Planetarium, pay a visit to the infamous Sue the T-Rex at the Field Museum of Natural History, and finish the museum hop at the Shedd Aquarium. Architecture aficionados will be drawn to the gorgeous buildings found in the Loop, including the Fine Arts Building, The Reliance Building, and the Rookery. Use the city's popular public transportation system to get around, but if you want to explore beyond the city limits you may want to rent a car in Chicago.
Festivals and Events
They dye the Chicago River green on St. Patrick's Day, which is celebrated with a parade, always on the Saturday before the holiday. This popular event is only one in a crammed calendar of city events. Head outdoors to listen to classical music during the 10-week Grant Park Music Festival or sip on favorite beers while discovering new ones at the Chicago Craft Beer Festival in July. Live music, food, and the arts are the focus of most of the festivals. Let the festivals guide when you plan Chicago vacation packages.
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