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General view from top of Sears Tower, downtown Chicago
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As a major U.S. convention-hosting city, Chicago has plenty of places to stay, although most of them are in the mid or splurge ranges. The vast majority of hotels are either at the airport or downtown (Loop or Near North). If you want to explore the city, aim for the latter. Budget-priced places are usually pretty far from downtown, so when you're booking, remember that Chicago is vast, especially compared to European and east coast cities. Travelers on a budget should consider accommodations away from the city center which can be easily reached via the El. More...
O'Hare International Airport (ORD), is 17 miles northwest of downtown. Serviced by international and domestic airlines. The CTA Blue Line train runs 24 hours to downtown Chicago taking around 45 minutes.
Chicago is also served by local bus transportation. By using Bus and Train, any area of Chicago can be reached. The main Greyhound terminal, which has interstate bus service, is at 630 Harrison and Jefferson. There is also one at 95th/Dan Ryan red line station. Bus service provides More...
• Architectural boat tour, from downtown piers. 90 minutes of floating edu-admiration.
• Loop tour train. Tickets at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph St at Michigan Ave. Departs nearby Randolph/Wabash station. Saturdays, May-Sep, 11:35 am, 12:15 pm, 12:55 pm and 1:35 pm. Free tour of the Loop on the El with a guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. You go around the Loop three times, taking 40 minutes. Highly recommended if you're at all interested in the El or Chicago architecture.
• The Old-Town More...
Chicago is a city located in the Cook County, Illinois, which is located in the northeastern part of Illinois, and the unofficial capital of the Midwest region of the United States of America. It's the third-largest city and metropolitan area in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles.
Chicago's skyline from North Avenue Beach The Sears Tower and the Loop seen from the near south side Overview More...
Highland Park (Ravinia)
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. While the downtown has many great cultural institutions and tourist attractions, most Chicagoans live and play outside of the central business district. To truly understand Chicago, travelers must venture away from the Loop and Michigan Avenue and out to the vibrant neighborhoods. Take the Brown Line to Armitage to visit upscale boutiques and see residential streets lined More...
Great restaurants are scattered across the city, from the long established, traditional Greektown to the street-glam, edgy East Ukrainian Village, from the exotic Indian-flavored Devon Avenue in West Rogers Park to the eclectic Clark Street in Andersonville, where you'll find great Swedish, American, Korean, Persian, and Italian restaurants (to name a few) lined up in a row.
You can also find hundreds of unique and inexpensive restaurants that deliver to you on Grubhub.com. After searching for restaurants based on your address, you can see all of the menus and More...