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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 Wacker at Michigan

3 stars
4.0 / 5 540 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 / 5 132 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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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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Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites

3 stars
4.0 / 5 94 reviews
Convenience and comfort in downtown ChicagoThe Hilton Suites Chicago offers comfort and convenience in a prime location. Situated just minutes away from some of the most popular Chicago attractions, such as Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place, guests are never short of things to do. The hotel features an indoor heated pool, a rooftop fitness center and a business center with audio and visual equipment. A wide range of fresh Italian cuisine is on the menu in the Hilton Suites Chicago cafe and there are a variety of other dining options in the nearby city.  3 Reasons To Stay:Situated only minutes from downtown ChicagoFree high-speed wireless Internet access Spectacular views of Chicago and Lake Michigan Hilton Suites Chicago RoomsAll rooms at the Hilton Suites Chicago are equipped with a wide selection of modern amenities, including a television, microwave, clock-radio with MP3 connection, sofa bed and refrigerator. Guests also have access to a selection of complimentary in-room services and amenities, including a coffee-maker and luxury bathroom products. In addition, a work desk and chair are provided for the convenience of thoes in the city on business. All accommodations are air-conditioned, nonsmoking and offer a spacious living room area for families. Rooms for guests with special requirements or disabilities are available on request and include facilities such as non-allergenic pillows and wheelchair access. To ensure complete comfort, top-of-the-range bedding and pillows are provided in every room.  Things To Do:Magnificent Mile (0.1 mi/ 0.1 km)Water Tower Place (0.3 mi/ 0.5 km)John Hancock Center (0.4 mi/ 0.6 km)Museum of Contemporary Art (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Millennium Park (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Chicago's Children's Museum (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Navy Pier (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Art Institute of Chicago (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Field Museum of Natural History (2 mi/3.2 km)Shedd Aquarium (3 mi/4.8 km) Policies and feesPets allowed
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Cheap Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York Chicago Sat, Nov 1 - Tue, Nov 4 $195
Los Angeles Chicago Wed, Oct 22 - Tue, Oct 28 $251
Washington DC Chicago Sat, Nov 15 - Tue, Nov 18 $92
San Francisco Chicago Wed, Nov 12 - Thu, Nov 13 $265
Newark Chicago Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 $258
Atlanta Chicago Tue, Nov 4 - Tue, Nov 18 $92
Seattle Chicago Wed, Oct 8 - Wed, Oct 15 $251
Boston Chicago Tue, Oct 28 - Sat, Nov 1 $115
Dallas Chicago Wed, Oct 1 - Tue, Oct 7 $115
Denver Chicago Mon, Nov 3 - Mon, Nov 17 $112
Phoenix Chicago Fri, Nov 7 - Tue, Nov 11 $142
Orlando Chicago Wed, Sep 24 - Wed, Oct 1 $135
San Juan Chicago Mon, Oct 6 - Tue, Oct 7 $271
Mexico City Chicago Wed, Oct 22 - Fri, Nov 7 $329
Philadelphia Chicago Tue, Oct 21 - Tue, Oct 28 $302
San Diego Chicago Wed, Oct 29 - Tue, Nov 4 $204
Fort Lauderdale Chicago Wed, Nov 12 - Sat, Nov 15 $225
Las Vegas Chicago Wed, Oct 22 - Tue, Oct 28 $236
Guadalajara Chicago Mon, Oct 20 - Mon, Oct 27 $410
Tampa Chicago Sat, Nov 15 - Tue, Nov 18 $235
Houston Chicago Wed, Oct 15 - Sat, Oct 18 $173
Baltimore Chicago Tue, Oct 7 - Sat, Oct 11 $165
Honolulu Chicago Sun, Oct 5 - Sun, Oct 12 $759
Orange County Chicago Tue, Oct 14 - Tue, Oct 21 $256
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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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