Take a Chicago vacation to find a potpourri of world-class museums, parks and beaches, rocking blues clubs and scenic streets. Book a Chicago hotel and discover the richness of this diverse city on Lake Michigan’s sandy shores.
Get your bearings
In Chicago, downtown means the Loop, which refers to the skyscrapers and museums encircled by the rumbling elevated train tracks of the urban transport system. North across the river, designer shops and multi-story department stores line the shopping stretch of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile. A few blocks west, River North is home to sleek clubs, art galleries, and loft dwellings. To the north, the tree-lined streets of residential Gold Coast and Old Town make for scenic strolling. Lincoln Park mixes blues clubs, trendy restaurants, and the famed Steppenwolf Theatre.
Miles of shopping
The fashion fan’s first stop in Chicago is Magnificent Mile, the first mile north of the loop on Michigan Avenue. Sophisticated shopping dominates here, with upscale chains, multi-story malls and chic boutiques. Fans of yesterday’s styles come to Lakeview, where shops stocked with funky antiques, collectibles and vintage clothing line Lincoln Avenue. In Lincoln Park, Halstead Avenue and Clark Street draw the young professional set to designer housewares shops like CB2 and Tabula Tua, and stylish kids wear at Stinky Pants.
Dining around town
No visit to Chicago is complete without a signature tomato sauce- and cheese-filled deep dish pizza. But don’t stop there: a world of culinary flavours unfolds beneath Chicago’s crust. Hearty eaters can dig into a juicy steak in a mahogany-walled downtown steakhouse, or twirl spaghetti in a Little Italy trattoria. Splurge on a star chef’s innovative take on seafood in an elegant Lincoln Park bistro, or electrify your taste buds with fusion delicacies at a sushi counter.