Soaring skyscrapers contrast with the glistening waters of Lake Michigan.
Chicago offers something for everyone. Outdoor-lovers can enjoy sailing, canoeing or swimming in the clear waters of Lake Michigan. Chicago certainly is the place to pick up fantastic bargains and designer gear, too. Part of Michigan Avenue, known as the Magnificent Mile, is shopping heaven - you can find everything from designer boutiques to outlet bargains.
More sedate pleasures to enjoy include the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, which puts on a breathtaking water, light and music show during summer months, and the lively Navy Pier is filled with shops, restaurants and amusement rides.
As the home of jazz and blues, Chicago is a music lover's paradise! If you time your visit right, you might be in town for the acclaimed Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival or Chicago Gospel Festival - 3 of the 200 or so festivals and parades that take place each year.
Eats & drinks
Head to Chinatown, Greektown or Little Italy for international cuisine, find some superb dining and fun bars around Michigan Avenue.
Chicago is compact enough to walk around with excellent public transport.
Flights with Virgin Atlantic (seasonal) or American Airlines.
Return airport transfers are available at the following price: £52 per person.
Our Top 5 hotels
This hotel offers stylish accommodation and excellent facilities in a central location. Take the hotel's free shuttle to the 'Magnificent Mile' for a day of shopping, then relax by the rooftop pool admiring the spectacular views over Grant Park and Lake Michigan!
Unique style and exceptional service characterise The James, the first in a new line of establishments that fill the gap between boutique and luxury hotels. Modern comfort and old-fashioned hospitality are sure to delight, as are the fantastic range of mod cons that all rooms feature.
This famous Chicago hotel combines modern comfort with over 135 years of elegance and service. There are plenty of amenities on site to tempt you, including Lockwood Restaurant, Potters Lounge and the lobby bar, an indoor heated swimming pool and full fitness centre.
Radisson Blu hotels are recognised throughout the world for thought-provoking contemporary style, and this one found in the new landmark on the Chicago skyline the Aqua Tower, does just that. One of the funkiest up-to-date hotels around; location, rooms, facilities and genuinely welcoming staff hit the bullseye on all 4 counts, and then some.
Rising gracefully above Grant and Millennium Parks, the Fairmont exudes first class elegance and the grand circular lobby sets the Fairmont's tone straight away: upscale and lavish. Centered in the lobby is the Eno Wine Room, a favourite of both locals and guests. Grab a glass of wine and pair with savoury cheese or a sweet chocolate truffle.
Different destinations have different magic touches so make sure to check them out to see what makes your holiday with us so special.
Jan 2013– Winter Flower and Train show
Feb 2013– Auto Show
March 2013 -Academy Awards Party
April 2013 - Chicago Improv Festival
May 2013 - Art Chicago
June 2013 - Chicago Blues Festival and Chicago Gospel Festival
July 2013 - Chicago Summerdance
August 2013 - Air and Water Show
September 2013 - Chicago Jazz Festival
October 2013 - International Film Festival
December 2013 - Christkindlmarket
Please note: all events listed are for helpful information only and many are subject to entrance fees and/or prior reservation, and may be cancelled at any time. Please check with the relevant tourist office if you need further information on these or any of the other events in this region.
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Time Difference - GMT -6 hours
Currency - US Dollars
Visa Requirements - British citizens do not require a visa.