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Chicago is the third largest city in the USA and enjoyed rapid growth in the 19th and 20th centuries as a prime transportation hub between the great cities of the east and the expanding settlements in the west.

Despite burning to the ground in 1871, the city was quickly rebuilt, and grew to cater for the influx of immigrants from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and the USA's Deep South. Known as the Windy City, this great metropolis boasts a skyline of towering skyscrapers, including the renowned Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Michigan Avenue runs through the heart of the city and, north of the Chicago River, is known as the ‘Magnificent Mile’. This is the heart of Chicago, with restaurants, shops and the Chicago Water Tower, one of the few buildings to survive the 1871 fire.

Cloud Gate, ChicagoVisitors may wish to see Cloud Gate, locally known as the ‘bean’, in Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago — one of the city’s range of excellent museums — or take in some live music at one of the many jazz, blues and rock venues. For outdoor entertainment, visit one of Chicago’s fine beaches, the lively shops and restaurants of Navy Pier, catch a baseball game at Wrigley Field, or take an atmospheric cruise on the Chicago River.

For unparalleled views over the city, its beaches and Lake Michigan, visit 360 Chicago, formerly the John Hancock Observatory.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Chicago

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Chicago, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Chicago

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Chicago. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Peninsula Chicago - Exterior

      The Peninsula Chicago


      The Peninsula Hotel has a wonderful atmosphere of traditional understated luxury. The service and attention to detail is superb and some of Chicago's best dining options can be found here.

    • Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago - Downtown

      Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago


      Located in the centre of downtown Chicago, the Hampton Inn & Suites lies within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier and Millennium Park, with a host of shops and restaurants on its doorstep.

    • Omni Chicago Hotel

      Omni Chicago

      First Class

      Located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, each of the 347 non-smoking guest suites is elegantly appointed and subtly decorated in classic, neutral tones with a separate sitting room.