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Chicago Visitors Guide

Chicago, located on vast Lake Michigan, is one of the largest cities in the United States and a favorite among travelers looking to experience big-city sports, shopping and sights—all in the heart of the country. Chicago is a diverse metropolis with 77 distinct neighborhoods. The city bursts with arts and architecture, shopping districts and incredible eats. From its iconic skylines to its renowned museum exhibitions, and plenty of Chicago Country Inns & Suites hotels to choose from, visitors can always find something to do in the Windy City.

Reasons to Visit Chicago


  • Arts and Exhibitions: Get your culture on in the city of museums; you’ll want to make a day of it. Don’t miss a trip to the renowned Art Institute of Chicago, the midwest’s largest museum, and one of the nation’s finest. Here you’ll find more than 250,000 exhibits, including Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pieces by Seurat, Renoir, Van Gogh and more. The Field Museum, located on Lake Shore Drive, showcases global cultures past and present. For families, the Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park offers hands-on exhibits.

  • Architecture on Point: Look skyward. Chicago has one of the most impressive skylines in the world, with skyscrapers worthy of a second (and third) glance. Visit the Willis Tower, America’s tallest building, where you can head up to the Skydeck outside the 103rd floor for a bird’s eye view of the city. Or, head to 360 CHICAGO in the historic John Hancock Center for a cocktail and sweeping views.

  • Sports & Rec: With football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer and horseracing, Chicago is a city for all seasons when it comes to professional athletics. Bundle up for your visit to Soldier Field to watch the iconic Bears battle on the gridiron. A baseball-loving city, Chicago has America’s pastime in two locations, so take your pick and enjoy the Cubs or White Sox take on the dog days of summer.

  • Shopping: Hit the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue, home to big-name department stores (think Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s) and upmarket boutiques like Tiffany & Co. If you’re here during Christmas season, you’ll find the Mag Mile adorned with twinkling lights and festive trimmings.

Chicago Attractions by the Water


  • Navy Pier, located in the Streeterville neighborhood, comprises 50 acres of attractions, shops and restaurants set alongside parks and gardens. Navy Pier features a 150-foot-tall Ferris Wheel in Pier Park, along with a carousel and kid-centric rides. After the Park, check out the Chicago Children’s Museum or pick up tickets for one of many boat tours for a low-key way to tour Chicago.

  • Lake Michigan gives the Windy City a mammoth lakefront (28 miles, to be exact) and on warm days, you’ll find locals biking, walking and running on the Lakefront Trail; join in the fun by renting a bike at Navy Pier. The city’s most popular beach is North Avenue Beach, but if you’re looking for a quiet spot, check out Kathy Osterman Beach.

Best Bets: Get to a Festival


Once the weather in Chicago starts warming up, the streets fill with people and the festival season kicks off. If you get here in June, don’t miss the Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world, which brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to Grant Park for three days of music.

When to Visit Chicago


November through March, temperatures can vary wildly: expect cool and crisp to downright freezing. Chicago weather can change instantly, so pack accordingly. If you can get to the city during the summer, anticipate heat and crowds. It’s when the city comes out to play.

Chicago Travel Tip


Drop off the car after leaving your Chicago hotel. Chicago’s public transport system is sophisticated and easy to navigate. Plan your visit by neighborhood, grab a map and mark your route.
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