Cheap Chicago Vacations


Your Chicago vacation

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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Chicago's Essex Inn

3 stars
3.7 / 5 245 reviews
Affordable hotel south of Chicago's bustling downtown areaChicago's Essex Inn has an ideal location ideal on Michigan Avenue, just a few blocks south of the more congested areas of downtown Chicago. Grant Park is across the street, along with many famous Chicago attractions, including Millennium Park and the Art Institute. Sleek in design, the Essex Inn boasts a metal and glass lobby, floor-to-ceiling windows with city views and an impressive atrium housing a large pool. ADA-compliant areas are also available at Chicago's Essex Inn. Highlights Great value in the city for its location and amenitiesRooftop pool available year-roundLarge, well-equipped fitness room overlooks pool deck RoomsA color palette grounded in rich orange and brown earth tones keeps the scene warm. Floor-to-ceiling windows play up the hotel’s strongest asset, the city views. Flat-screen TVs and refrigerators are standard amenities in each room at Chicago's Essex Inn. Guests can have complimentary access to wireless Internet. Rooms also feature ADA-compliant areas. FeaturesIn a metropolis like Chicago, pools and green space are precious real estate. Chicago's Essex Inn has both. The garden pool feels like a competitive swimming complex, with a retractable atrium and global flags hanging from the rafters. The pool area features large windows that look out onto the well-manicured grounds of the rooftop garden. From the garden, guests enjoy skyline views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan from comfortable patio chairs and tables. Next to the pool is a large fitness center, featuring bikes, treadmills, weight machines, free weights, as well as six TVs.Visitors to Chicago who have come to sightsee take advantage of a hotel shuttle bus free of charge. It makes several stops along Michigan Avenue, including Water Tower Place. Other stops include Navy Pier and the Museum Campus.Travelers who want to stay connected access high-speed wireless Internet throughout hotel for a fee, or visit the 24-hour business center. Transportation O’Hare International Airport (16.1 mi/26 km) Chicago Midway Airport (8.7 mi/14.1 km) Blue Line (LaSalle to O’Hare) (3.8 mi/6.1 km) Orange Line (Roosevelt to Midway) (0.3 mi/0.5 km) McCormick Place Convention Center (1.5 mi/2.3 km) Nearby attractions Grant Park (0.5 mi/0.9 km)Millennium Park (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Lake Michigan (1.4 mi/2.2 km)The Magnificent Mile (1.5 mi/2.5 km)Museum Campus (3.1 mi/5 km) Business Six meeting rooms with space for 12 for 125 guests 24-hour business center with desktop computers, high-speed Internet access (fees apply) and a printer Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet available throughout Chicago's Essex Inn Policies and feesParking fee is $50 USD per night.
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Club Quarters Wacker at Michigan

3 stars
4.0 / 5 565 reviews
Business hotel just off the Magnificent MileThe Club Quarters Wacker at Michigan Avenue hotel attends to the needs of the business traveler. Perched at a picturesque curve of Wacker Drive near the Chicago River, the hotel treats guests to professional amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, free use of a computer and printer, a 24-hour member service desk and concierge and ergonomic workstations in the rooms. Leisure travelers also find its close proximity to the Magnificent Mile and other Chicago attractions irresistible. Highlights 24-hour concierge and member services desk Free high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel Prime river and skyline viewsItalian restaurant on property RoomsThe Club Quarters Wacker at Michigan Avenue hotel maintains clean, basic rooms for single day, overnight and extended stays for mostly corporate clients. Some rooms have city or river views and all are equipped with ergonomic workstations, free Wi-Fi and reference books. In some studios and suites, visitors have the added conveniences of sofa beds and kitchenettes. FeaturesThe Club Quarters Wacker at Michigan Avenue hotel offers free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, free use of a computer and printer, and meeting space for up to 1,000 guests. Guests ready for leisure time can exercise in the fitness room, or lounge in the Private Club Room (Club Quarters members only) with complimentary coffee, tea, newspapers, magazines and games. Find free, chilled bottled water is offered on each floor. TransportationO’Hare International Airport (15.6 mi/25.1 km)Midway Airport (9.5 mi/15.3 km)Blue Line (State/Lake) (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Orange Line (State/Lake) (0.2 mi/0.3 km)McCormick Place Convention Center (2.6 mi/4.1 km) Attractions Marina City (0.1 mi/0.2 km)Chicago Cultural Center (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Millennium Park (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Michigan Avenue (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Chicago Mercantile Exchange (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Board of Trade (0.7 mi/1.2 km)Tribune Tower (0.8 mi/1.2 km)Grant Park (0.8 mi/1.3 km)The Magnificent Mile (1.1 mi/1.7 km)
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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago Downtown/River North

3 stars
4.1 / 5 138 reviews
A modern masterpiece in downtown Chicago SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North provides guests with a touch of luxury in the downtown Chicago area. Guests are greeted by the sweeping modern design of the lobby and can avail themselves of the many and varied facilities on offer. SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North offers a breakfast bar, a fully equipped business facility and local restaurant delivery service. The goal of the hotel is to ensure the needs of each guest are met. In addition, guests will love the close proximity to boutiques and art centers. 3 Reasons To Stay Close proximity to all of the landmarks in Chicago, including the Magnificent Mile Grab n' Go Breakfast available daily, which is convenient for guests in a hurry Indoor bubbling swimming pool on the 27th floor of the hotel SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North Rooms Suites at the SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North are roomy and modern, with sleek modern furniture throughout. Look for the large windows in each suite, which offer sweeping views of the River North area. Rooms have crisp linens, custom-made comforters, and thick mattresses. A selection of down, feather and foam pillows are available as needed. Guests also enjoy full climate control and air conditioning in their suites. Each suite features full ironing facilities, an alarm clock and a coffee-maker. Suites also have kitchens equipped with many amenities including a microwave and mini-fridge. Guests can also relax and enjoy in-room entertainment with large flat-screen televisions in every suite. Business travelers will find in-suite features such as high speed Wi-Fi accessibility, desk-level power outputs, and phones equipped with voice mail and speakerphone facilities. Business guests at SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North will also appreciate the numerous facilities available within the on-site business center. Things To Do Art Institute of Chicago (0.9 mi/1.4 km) John Hancock Observatory (1.6 mi/2.6 km) John G. Shedd Aquarium (2.9 mi/4.6 km) Adler Planetarium (3.4 mi/5.4 km) Museum of Science and Industry (8.6 mi/13.8 km)
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Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown

3 stars
4.4 / 5 115 reviews
Home sweet Homewood A hot breakfast. Free Wi-Fi throughout the space. Gathering with others over wine, beer and soda. These daily conveniences might be missed while on vacation, but are customary amenities at Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown. Within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile and downtown Chicago restaurants, bars and shops, the River North Hilton property prides itself on the extras--regardless of whether the trip is for business or leisure. Highlights Complimentary daily hot breakfast buffetComplimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotelFree nightly reception with meal, beer, wine and sodaFree grocery shopping serviceKing suites with full kitchens Rooms If these weren't hotel rooms, they might pass as city condos. Each space boasts two rooms and a full kitchen that includes a two-burner stove, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator--ideal for a family looking to save money on dining expenses or an executive on an business trip. A wall separates the living, dining and sleeping quarters to provide maximum comfort. A palette of amber, brown and burgundy warms rooms, while several wall hangings add local flavor with images of Chicago landmarks. Guests sleep on the signature, plush Homewood Sweet Dreams mattress. LCD TV, two phone lines with voicemail and complimentary local calls are standard amenities. Features Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown provides a laundry list of bonuses that come at no extra cost to visitors. Expect a daily hot breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi throughout the space, a nightly reception with meal, beer, wine and soda, free coffee, tea or hot cider in the lobby all day, a grocery shopping service and a business center. During downtime, guests head to the indoor pool and cardio center, which are blessed with panoramic views of the Chicago skyline. Transportation O'Hare International Airport (16 miles)Midway Airport (11 miles)Closest train stops: Blue Line (Clark/Lake to O'Hare) and Orange Line (State/Lake to Midway)McCormick Place Convention Center (11 minutes) Attractions Magnificent MileMuseum of Contemporary ArtNavy PierJohn Hancock CenterTribune TowerWrigley BuildingCivic Opera House Business More than 3,000 square feet of meeting spaceFree Wi-Fi throughout the hotelBusiness center with computer and printer
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Central Loop Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 318 reviews
Chicago hotel with British pub and free bottled water near attractionsAs the name implies, the Central Loop Hotel sits in the heart of the historic Loop, the bustling business and cultural district of downtown Chicago. Find good value at this contemporary hotel with an on-site pub at the edge of the theatre district. Top landmarks within a mile include Willis Tower, Grant Park, Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. Choose from simple rooms or kitchenette suites and enjoy free bottled water, Internet access, a fitness center and complementary laundry facility at the Central Loop Hotel.   HighlightsFree high-speed wired and wireless Internet access throughout hotelOn-site neighborhood pub and restaurant with British flairFitness centerFree chilled bottled water on every floor and a free laundry facilityClose to transportation   RoomsFor inviting, modern accommodations at economical prices, the Central Loop Hotel offers a range of small rooms for solo travelers to suites with kitchenettes. Designed for comfort, guest rooms pair pillow-top mattresses and down duvets with a flat-screen TV, MP3 docking station and ergonomic work station with free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access. Order room service or check out the restaurant menus for 24-hour delivery. Upgrade to find an in-room kitchenette or book a corporate apartment for extended stays at the Central Loop Hotel.   FeaturesImported draft beers, an extensive scotch selection and a British-infused menu tempt guests to Elephant & Castle, the lively restaurant and pub at the Central Loop Hotel. Walk to coffee shops and convenience stores which sit near several subway stops. Chat with the 24-hour concierge for local suggestions and take advantage of on-site valet parking with in-and-out privileges (fees apply) or park at an affiliated garage nearby (fees apply). Request same-day dry cleaning or use the self-service laundry and free detergent at the Central Loop Hotel.   TransportationMidway International Airport (11.4 mi/18.4 km)O'Hare International Airport (18.2 mi/29.4 km)Several subway stations (0.1 mi/0.2 km)   AttractionsWillis Tower (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Art Institute of Chicago (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Millennium Park (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Magnificent Mile (1 mi/1.7 km)Field Museum of Natural History (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Soldier Field (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Navy Pier (2.7 mi/4.3 km)U.S. Cellular Field (3.4 mi/5.5 km)Lincoln Park Zoo (4 mi/6.5 km)McCormick Place (5.2 mi/8.4 km)Wrigley Field (6.4 mi/10.4 km)   Business Free high-speed wired and wireless Internet accessComplimentary use of lobby computer with Internet access and printerElephant & Castle restaurant offers lobby-level meeting rooms   Policies and feesThe Central Loop Hotel is affiliated with the South Loop Garage located at 318 S. Federal Street. The cost is $20 USD for 24 hours with no in-and-out privileges. Valet parking also is available on site for $34 USD per night with in-and-out privileges.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York Chicago Sat, Feb 7 - Tue, Feb 10 $87
Los Angeles Chicago Thu, Mar 5 - Tue, Mar 10 $237
Washington DC Chicago Mon, Mar 16 - Wed, Mar 18 $127
San Francisco Chicago Wed, Apr 1 - Thu, Apr 9 $246
Newark Chicago Mon, Feb 9 - Tue, Feb 10 $185
Atlanta Chicago Thu, Feb 12 - Tue, Feb 17 $88
Seattle Chicago Tue, Mar 3 - Wed, Mar 4 $278
Boston Chicago Wed, Mar 18 - Wed, Mar 25 $161
Dallas Chicago Sat, Feb 21 - Wed, Feb 25 $81
Denver Chicago Wed, Feb 18 - Tue, Feb 24 $97
Phoenix Chicago Sat, Feb 7 - Tue, Feb 10 $117
Orlando Chicago Mon, Mar 9 - Sun, Mar 15 $145
San Juan Chicago Wed, Mar 11 - Sun, Mar 15 $349
Mexico City Chicago Mon, Mar 9 - Sun, Mar 15 $315
Philadelphia Chicago Sat, Mar 14 - Tue, Mar 17 $140
San Diego Chicago Tue, Mar 24 - Tue, Apr 21 $263
Fort Lauderdale Chicago Wed, Feb 18 - Tue, Mar 3 $137
Las Vegas Chicago Wed, Mar 25 - Mon, Mar 30 $137
Guadalajara Chicago Sun, Mar 1 - Mon, Mar 16 $386
Tampa Chicago Tue, Feb 3 - Mon, Feb 9 $107
Houston Chicago Thu, Feb 19 - Tue, Feb 24 $115
Baltimore Chicago Tue, Feb 10 - Tue, Feb 17 $117
Honolulu Chicago Mon, Mar 2 - Mon, Mar 9 $670
Orange County Chicago Sat, Feb 28 - Tue, Mar 3 $275
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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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