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From food to theater and Lake Michigan to the Loop, Chicago is home to some equally big names. But you don't need to fly in on Obama's Air Force One or have pockets as deep as Oprah to be able to experience a Chicago vacation at its fullest. Take a stroll down the Magnificent Mile, catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and soak up the waterfront culture of the Second City.

Before you rush to Millennium Park, allow CheapTickets to help you with the planning. We'll share the city's top highlights that will blow your mind -- without blowing your budget.

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Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park

3 stars
3.3 / 5 1097 reviews
With its neon-red sign standing out against the Chicago skyline, its vaulted Italianate ceilings, and glimmering 'Gold Room' banquet hall, the Congress Plaza Hotel makes an imposing first impression. Once known as the "Home of Presidents" due to its popularity with both Roosevelt's, Woodrow Wilson and Richard Nixon, it's been operating since 1893. Valet dry-cleaning and barber services of yesteryear sit side-by-side with modern amenities like audiovisual tech for business meetings and a 24-hour fitness center. On-site eating options are globally diverse (Rafael's Steakhouse) and come straight from the griddle in the morning (Gazebo Restaurant). In the evenings, settle into a leather back armchair with a bourbon, or take your shots at the dartboard in the Congress Lounge, where both business users and vacationers gather for some much-needed R&R. Key facts871 guestrooms36 suites23 meeting/event rooms2 restaurants: Rafael's Steakhouse, Gazebo RestaurantCongress Lounge & BarGift shopBarber shop24-hour gymValet dry cleaning/shoeshineSmoking rooms available on request NeighborhoodAcross the street from Grant Park and the famous Buckingham Fountain, Congress Plaza rests on the main thoroughfare and shopping mecca of Michigan Avenue, aka, the Magnificent Mile. The hotel is walking distance from world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and the fascinating Field Museum. Found on the banks of Lake Michigan, the Field Museum is the home of "Sue," the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered, as well as a life-size Maori meeting house. Hints and tipsThe Congress is frequently nicknamed 'the most haunted hotel in Chicago,' and budding paranormal detectives should request a room in the oldest part of the building, the South Tower, for the 'highest chance' of ghostly activity.Be on the lookout for characters like notorious murder victim Peg Leg Johnny, or test your courage near the 12th floor room which was allegedly closed down due to paranormal activity.
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Club Quarters Central Loop

3 stars
4.1 / 5 533 reviews
Business traveler headquarters in Chicago's LoopThe Club Quarters Central Loop hotel might be mistaken for an office building with its subdued presence. A black awning marks this discrete spot and lends a sense of privacy. The hotel targets business travelers whose work brings them to the financial district and plays host to leisure travelers who want easy access to downtown attractions. Guests find great value for the location, price and attentive service, including a 24-hour concierge. The Club Quarters Central Loop hotel is within walking distance of several of Chicago's major attractions. Highlights Minutes from Michigan Avenue 24-hour concierge service Free high-speed wireless Internet throughout the hotel Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant next door RoomsThe clean and comfortable rooms at the Club Quarters Central Loop hotel keep the professional’s needs in mind. Ergonomic chairs and task lighting ease late work nights, while pillow-top mattress dressed in premium linens promise a refreshing night of sleep. Bookshelves display dictionaries and almanacs for a welcome scholarly touch. All rooms have complimentary wireless Internet access. FeaturesThe amenities at the Club Quarters Central Loop hotel are designed to keep guests productive. Find free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, free use of a computer and printer, and five meeting rooms. Travelers looking to relax visit the restaurant and bar next door, exercise in the fitness room or lounge in the Private Club Room (Club Quarters members only) with complimentary coffee, tea, newspapers, magazines and games.Free, chilled bottled water is available on each floor. Transportation O’Hare International Airport (15.6 mi/25.1 km) Midway Airport (8.9 mi/14.3 km) Blue Line (Jackson/Dearborn) (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Orange Line (Quincy/Wells) (0.1 mi/0.2 km) McCormick Place Convention Center (2.1 mi/3.3 km) Attractions Board of Trade (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Theater district (0.2 mi/0.3 km) Willis (formerly Sears) Tower (0.2 mi/0.4 km) Symphony Center (0.3 mi/0.5 km) Chicago Mercantile Exchange (0.3 mi/0.5 km) The Art Institute of Chicago (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
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The Palmer House Hilton

4 stars
4.1 / 5 666 reviews
Step into the lobby of Palmer House® A Hilton hotel and gaze at the famous frescoed ceiling of this landmark Chicago, Illinois hotel. This AAA four-diamond rated hotel has been hosting visitors to the Chicago Loop for over 140 years. Today, the Palmer House Hilton continues to thrive in the heart of the theatre and financial district, just steps from the Art Institute, Millennium Park and State Street shopping. A short walk away is Grant Park where summer festivals take place. Family attractions like the Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier are just a quick cab ride away.Enjoy comfort and elegance in your Guest room or suite at this Chicago hotel. Amenities include flat-screen TVs and wireless internet access. Elegant suites feature abundant space with comfortable seating and wet bar areas, creating an ideal setting for entertaining. On the Executive Level you can enjoy private check-in, complimentary continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages, and an honor bar with evening appetizers.This Chicago hotel features 130,000 sq. ft. of function space with over 77 meeting rooms, seven ballrooms and two exhibition halls. Lockwood Restaurant and Bar, located just off the lobby, is open throughout the day serving contemporary American cuisine. Small plates and classic cocktails are served in Potters Lounge. Balance Spa features 14 treatment rooms including hydrotherapy services for the ultimate pampering. The fitness center offers over 10,000 sq. ft. of cardio and free weight equipment, an indoor pool, whirlpool, and saun
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Kinzie Hotel (formerly the Amalfi Hotel)

4 stars
4.4 / 5 755 reviews
Occupying the first six floors of Dearborn Plaza, the newly revamped Amalfi Hotel changed its name to the Kinzie Hotel Chicago in February 2014, as a tribute to John Kinzie, one of the city's original settlers. Rounded corner suites mark the high-rise exterior out against the skyline, while the eclectic contemporary art and mismatched colors of the lobby signal a touch of the avant-garde. The hotel's cutting-edge fitness center is open around the clock, every room has an iHome docking station, and in-room dining is provided by local favorite Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse. Ask the concierge to organize an in-room hot-stone massage as an end-of-the-day treat. Key facts210 guestroomsFitness centerIn-room diningLounge barContinental breakfast served on every floorLoungeFree Wi-Fi Dual showerheads NeighborhoodA River North hotel, the Kinzie Hotel Chicago is surrounded by a hip night scene and a wide selection of art galleries in the neighborhood. Visitors can also access The Loop financial hub if they cross south of the Chicago River, and hop on the nearby water taxi for an awe-inspiring and traffic-free way to see the Chicago skyline. Two blocks from the river and just off of Wacker Drive, the Kinzie Hotel is across the street from the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which houses radio and television memorabilia as well as interactive displays. Hints and tipsDon't miss the Manager's Reception from 5pm-8pm every night, where free cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are offered in the Double Cross Lounge.For recommended eats nearby, try Frontera Grill or Pizzeria Uno on Wabash Avenue for a slice of Chicago's famous pizza-pie.
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Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 222 reviews
Contemporary style, European charm in ChicagoIn the Roaring '20s, this boutique Streeterville hotel hosted celebrities and showgirls. While those times have faded, the air of glamour remains at the Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel. For proof, just stroll the lobby, where zebra ottomans, fresh-cut orchids and metallic embossed walls create drama and urban appeal. With its central location and focus on value, the Inn of Chicago is a gem for business or leisure travelers seeking convenient access to the Magnificent Mile and its many diversions. Highlights Prime Chicago location just east of Magnificent MileFree high-speed wireless Internet accessComplimentary stay for children under 18The 22nd floor Skyline Terrace RoomsThe rooms and suites at the Inn of Chicago feel more like apartments than hotel rooms, and that’s on purpose. Back in the 1920s, the former Hotel St. Clair offered one-bedroom apartments, and the effects linger today at the Inn of Chicago. Space for entertaining, working and lounging are separate from the sleeping area. Big picture windows with skyline views, photos of Chicago, zebra upholstery and unique layouts lend to a chic city vibe. FeaturesGreat city views might well be the most valuable cache for Chicago hotels and for the Inn of Chicago, this view comes at the Skyline Terrace on the 22nd floor. The Sky Suites also provide lofty views, while a dedicated party space accommodates up to 100 guests for weddings and other social events. Transportation O’Hare International Airport (15.6 mi/25.1 km) Midway Airport (9.8 mi/15.9 km) Blue Line (Grand) (1.7mi/2.7 km) Orange Line (State/Lake) (0.5 mi/0.9 km) McCormick Place Convention Center (2.9 mi/4.6 km) Attractions The Magnificent Mile (0.1 mi/0.1 km) Water Tower Place (0.4 mi/0.6 km) Navy Pier (1 mi/1.6 km) Lake Michigan (0.2 mi/0.3 km) Millennium Park (0.7 mi/1.1 km) Business Business center work station 5 meeting rooms 5,500 square feet of function space for up to 125 guests Complimentary wireless Internet access Concierge services Policies and fees NOTE: Parking fees are as follows: $48 for self-parking and $52 for valet parking with unlimited in/out privileges.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York Chicago Wed, Nov 5 - Tue, Nov 11 $167
Los Angeles Chicago Sat, Oct 18 - Mon, Oct 27 $275
Washington DC Chicago Fri, Oct 17 - Fri, Oct 24 $155
San Francisco Chicago Tue, Oct 28 - Thu, Oct 30 $265
Newark Chicago Tue, Oct 28 - Fri, Oct 31 $258
Atlanta Chicago Fri, Oct 24 - Tue, Oct 28 $115
Seattle Chicago Fri, Nov 7 - Wed, Nov 12 $299
Boston Chicago Wed, Oct 22 - Sat, Oct 25 $115
Dallas Chicago Tue, Nov 4 - Tue, Nov 11 $115
Denver Chicago Tue, Oct 21 - Sat, Oct 25 $135
Phoenix Chicago Thu, Nov 20 - Tue, Dec 2 $190
Orlando Chicago Mon, Nov 3 - Wed, Nov 5 $155
San Juan Chicago Wed, Nov 5 - Sun, Nov 9 $281
Mexico City Chicago Fri, Oct 31 - Fri, Nov 7 $344
Philadelphia Chicago Tue, Nov 4 - Sat, Nov 8 $276
San Diego Chicago Wed, Oct 15 - Tue, Oct 21 $283
Fort Lauderdale Chicago Wed, Oct 15 - Tue, Oct 28 $225
Las Vegas Chicago Tue, Oct 14 - Wed, Oct 15 $193
Guadalajara Chicago Fri, Oct 10 - Mon, Oct 20 $558
Tampa Chicago Sat, Nov 15 - Tue, Nov 18 $215
Houston Chicago Tue, Nov 18 - Wed, Nov 19 $173
Baltimore Chicago Wed, Oct 15 - Sat, Oct 18 $165
Honolulu Chicago Mon, Nov 3 - Tue, Nov 11 $652
Orange County Chicago Fri, Oct 31 - Tue, Nov 4 $317
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Best time to take a vacation to Chicago

  • If you visit Chicago in the early fall you will experience the best of its weather as it retains its warm temperatures but loses the humidity of the summer months. Spring time is cooler, and it is a good time to capture those cheaper flights and hotels. The Chicago Blues Festival every June attracts headline acts from around the country and is extremely popular, as is the early three-day snow sculpturing exhibition held every winter on Navy Pier. Grant Park at the harbor hosts an annual Taste of Chicago Food Festival which, as you might expect, appeals to a wide audience.

Insider tips for Chicago travel

  • Pancho Pistolas

    Dine out at Pancho Pistolas restaurant serving delicious Mexican cuisine in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

  • Ping Tom Memorial Park

    Admire the Oriental architecture on a steady stroll through the pleasant and quiet surroundings of Ping Tom Memorial Park.

  • Montrose Harbor

    Walk the lake-front trail north towards Montrose Harbor with some incredible views of the city skyline.

  • Alta Vista Terrace

    Capture the history of Alta Vista Terrace close to Wrigley Field, modeled on a block of row houses in London.

  • Cafe Selmarie

    Take lunch at the charming Cafe Selmarie overlooking the Lincoln Square Fountain and consume some mouth-watering cakes.

Chicago highlights

  • Chicago highlights
  • Navy Pier

    For a bustling carnival vibe along Lake Michigan, wander along the Navy Pier promenade and catch the spirit of Chicago. Bring the kids to the Children's Museum, Shakespeare Theatre or Stained Glass Gallery, and marvel at the incredible skyline views from the 150-foot Ferris wheel. Grab a bite to eat at Chicago institution Harry Caray's, and rest your weary feet to enjoy the free weekly fireworks.

  • Magnificent Mile

    The Mag Mile is a revered for its incredible shopping and eating scene, as well as the festivities that occur throughout the year. Lined by colorful tulips in the springtime and glittering lights during the holidays, the Mag Mile is chockablock with department stores and notable landmarks, from the Wrigley Building to Oak Street Beach. For incredible views on your Chicago travels, head to the Hancock Observatory or spend a few bucks on a cocktail in the Signature Lounge.

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

    For an easy escape without having to spend a cent on your Chicago travels, take the afternoon to meander through the menagerie at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Not only is it brimming with wildlife exhibits and beautiful historical architecture, it's totally free and open 365 days a year.

  • Cultural Chicago

    If you want to experience the cultural side of the Second City on your Chicago vacation, make a beeline for the Chicago Cultural Center where admission is free. After taking in the impressive architecture and stunning Tiffany dome, head to the Art Institute across the street to view the amazing collection of Impressionist art and the new Modern Wing. Take a stroll to the Buckingham Fountain and laze in the sun, or take in a nighttime light show.

  • Millennium Park

    Chicago has plenty of parks, but this one is worth a special mention. An impressive feat of engineering, landscaping and cultural celebration, Millennium Park is home to the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture and splashy Crown Fountain video sculpture. Enjoy a concert at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the go-to spot for the best in outdoor entertainment.

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