To many, Chicago is best known for its architecture and impressive landmarks. The Chicago Water Tower, the 100-story John Hancock Center, and many museums are wonders to behold. Its location on the shores of Lake Michigan means the sights include not only the impressive city skyline but also natural views unlike any other. The Navy Pier and its famous Centennial Ferris Wheel offer a birds-eye view of the watersports playground below. Or, get the best of both worlds by taking a cruise along Lake Shore Drive with the city on one side and the lake on the other.
You'll never find yourself wanting for things to do when you visit Chicago. Foodies love the cuisine – from deep-dish pizza and soul food to fine dining and everything in between. Visit Grant Park for its effortless joining of art and nature, the Magnificent Mile for a luxe shopping and dining experience, and the city's world-class museums, zoos, and aquariums as a treat for the whole family.
Chicago boasts one of the world's best transport systems, so getting around is a breeze. Their elevated rail line (The 'L') doubles as an easy way to get around and a great way to see the city. There are also more than 100 bus routes. Plentiful bike lanes cater to cyclists, and of course, there are large fleets of taxis and rideshare drivers. If you plan to get out of the city, renting a car is a breeze.
This ease of movement will help you check out many of Chicago's lively neighborhoods. The South Loop offers hip nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels. River North is well known for its fine dining, nightlife and beautiful river walk. Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Wrigleyville, and Hyde Park offer a wide variety of sights and scenes.
With so many options, where you'll stay in Chicago really depends on what you want! Triphop can help you find the perfect Chicago hotel at the absolute best price. Magnificent Mile's four and five-star hotels offer the ultimate in luxury. Historic hotels like the Staypineapple (formerly the Alise) and The Chicago Athletic Association set the mood for exploring the city's traditional architecture. Affordable lodging options are plentiful as well.
For those looking for a good deal on Chicago hotels, you'll actually want to avoid the middle of the summer. With its sweltering heat and huge crowds, savvy travelers often avoid this season in favor of late spring and early fall. Comfortable temperatures and lower hotel rates make April-May and September-October excellent times to visit.
In a country full of world-famous cities, Chicago remains a favorite among vacationers. The birthplace of legendary music, art, architecture, dishes, and more, The Windy City is a joy to discover.