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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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The Silversmith Hotel Chicago

3 stars
4.2 / 5 233 reviews
Landmark in the Loop near attractions and shoppingIt's only fitting that this historic hotel is just a few blocks from Jewelers Row given its name and former purpose. In the 1890s, its tenants worked in the jewelry and silver trade. Today, landmark elements -- a cast iron staircase, terra cotta touches -- give the Silversmith Hotel Chicago a unique architectural identity. Ideally situated near the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park, the Silversmith Hotel Chicago appeals to budget-minded travelers seeking quick access to Chicago's most popular attractions. Highlights One block to the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and State Street shopping24-hour fitness centerFree high-speed Internet access throughout the hotelDining at Ada's Deli & Restaurant and cocktails at the 14 Karat LoungeHistoric, independent hotel with Arts and Crafts style RoomsRooms and suites at the Silversmith Hotel Chicago serve their purpose, providing comfortable beds and a place to freshen up in between sightseeing excursions. The hotel’s 12-foot ceilings add dimension, while 10-foot picture windows view the city and the El. Wood headboards, desks and Prairie-style lamps complete the casual look. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the property. FeaturesIntimate and under the radar, the Silversmith Hotel Chicago does not fit the trendy boutique mold, but guests will appreciate its location. No less than a dozen attractions are within walking distance, including the theater district, Jewelers Row, State Street, Grant Park and Millennium Park. Transportation O'Hare International Airport (15.8 mi/25.4 km)Chicago Midway Airport (9.2 mi/17.8 km)Blue Line (Monroe/Dearborn to O'Hare) (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Orange Line (Madison/Wabash to Midway) (0.1 mi/0.1 km)McCormick Place Convention Center (2.1 mi/3.5 km) Attractions Jewelers Row (0.1 mi/0.1 km)The Art Institute of Chicago (0.1 mi/0.1 km)Millennium Park (0.3 mi/0.4 km)Grant Park (0.4 mi/0.6 km)State Street (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Field Museum (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Shedd Aquarium (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Adler Planetarium (1.5 mi/2.3 km) Business Executive boardroom hosts up to 12 guestsChicago Landmark Room hosts up to 120 guestsPresentation equipment available, including 34-mm slide projector, flip chart and markers, LCD projector, microphone, VCR, overhead projector, modem lines and white boardsBusiness centerFree high-speed Internet access available throughout the Silversmith Hotel Chicago
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The Talbott Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 1219 reviews
Independently-owned and with a dedication to green practices, The Talbott Hotel has been a fixture in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood since 1927. The hotel mingles old-world sophistication with modern conveniences - the lobby has a cozy, open-fire warmth and the vintage-style boardrooms feature 1920s mahogany walls. Awarded the Best in Stay Award in 2014 - 2015, the Talbott features exclusive touches like the creative Tippling Brothers cocktail menu at the Mercadito Fish Co., and the knowledgeable 'Concierge Blog' on the hotel's site, setting the hotel far apart from other Chicago accommodations. Key facts149 guestroomsPets allowed (up to 50 pounds, and fees may apply)Conference and event spaces: 3 rooms, up to 200 guestsFitness centerLaundry serviceFree Wi-Fi Restaurant/bar: Mercadito Fish Co. NeighborhoodWith a prime location just a few blocks from Washington Square Park, Oak Street and the Magnificent Mile, The Talbott Hotel comes with easy access to shops like Bloomingdale's and Macy's, as well as the scenic Lakefront Trail on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Art Institute of Chicago is less than two miles from The Talbott's front entrance, boasting a staggering collection of over 250,000 works of art, including work by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Mary Cassatt. Hints and tipsFor privileged views of Chicago and a bit of distance from busy Delaware Street, ask for a room on the upper floors.For a more personalized stay, the Talbott Hotel's packages offer everything from the princess treatment for young daughters - including milk and cupcakes at turndown - to a $50 gift certificate  for the 900 North Michigan Shops.
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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

4 stars
4.4 / 5 76 reviews
Godfrey means peace and welcome; welcome to The Godfrey Hotel Chicago. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago offers unforgettable style from the Cubist-influenced facade to the chic accommodations, each detail of this striking new hotel has been designed with the guest's experience in mind.
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Swissotel Chicago

4 stars
4.1 / 5 305 reviews
An all-glass triangular hotel, wedged into the confluence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, has spectacular wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Grant Park. Swissotel Chicago offers 661 air-conditioned, tastefully decorated and generously oversized rooms and suites. Relax above the city in our Penthouse Swimming Pool, Whirlpool and Health Club. Spa services available. Overnight parking charge will be $65.00/day with in and out privileges. Hybrid vehicles receive a 50% discount. A fee of $15.00 per room, per day (up to 4 guests) will apply for the use of the health club/swimming pool.
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Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 239 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, Dec 31 - Thu, Jan 1 $159
Los Angeles Chicago Thu, Jan 22 - Wed, Jan 28 $237
Washington DC Chicago Fri, Jan 9 - Sat, Jan 24 $125
San Francisco Chicago Sat, Jan 24 - Sat, Jan 31 $268
Newark Chicago Wed, Jan 7 - Wed, Jan 14 $223
Atlanta Chicago Tue, Jan 20 - Sat, Jan 24 $117
Seattle Chicago Wed, Jan 21 - Tue, Jan 27 $278
Boston Chicago Mon, Jan 19 - Mon, Jan 26 $133
Dallas Chicago Tue, Jan 20 - Wed, Feb 4 $107
Denver Chicago Wed, Jan 21 - Mon, Jan 26 $117
Phoenix Chicago Thu, Jan 15 - Sat, Jan 31 $177
Orlando Chicago Wed, Jan 14 - Tue, Jan 20 $97
San Juan Chicago Sat, Feb 7 - Tue, Feb 10 $336
Mexico City Chicago Thu, Dec 25 - Sun, Jan 18 $349
Philadelphia Chicago Wed, Jan 28 - Sat, Jan 31 $241
San Diego Chicago Wed, Jan 7 - Thu, Jan 8 $317
Fort Lauderdale Chicago Fri, Dec 26 - Mon, Jan 5 $197
Las Vegas Chicago Mon, Dec 29 - Thu, Jan 8 $219
Guadalajara Chicago Fri, Feb 6 - Fri, Feb 27 $343
Tampa Chicago Wed, Feb 4 - Tue, Feb 10 $97
Houston Chicago Wed, Feb 4 - Tue, Feb 10 $155
Baltimore Chicago Tue, Jan 20 - Thu, Jan 22 $177
Honolulu Chicago Wed, Jan 7 - Wed, Jan 14 $724
Orange County Chicago Wed, Feb 4 - Mon, Feb 9 $288
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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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