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What you should know about Central Station

Central Station overview

Central Station is a romantic getaway distinct for its sports and known for its monuments and shops. You're sure to appreciate the ample coffee and dining options. Learn about local heritage at popular landmarks in the area like Willis Tower and John Hancock Center. McCormick Place and Art Institute of Chicago are popular sights to see. A family- and business-friendly area, Central Station also has something for everyone.

Where to stay in Central Station

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Central Station has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Central Station with by checking our online map. Our maps display the areas and neighborhoods around all Central Station hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Central Station hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Central Station

Fly in to Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.), 7.9 mi (12.8 km) from downtown Central Station. Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 16.5 mi (26.6 km) away.

What to see around Central Station

Fun activities include attractions such as:
  • • Soldier Field
  • • UIC Pavilion
  • • The East Bank Club
  • • US Cellular Field
  • • United Center
Known for its family-friendly sights such as:
  • • John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • • Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
  • • Skydeck Ledge
  • • Navy Pier
  • • Harpo Studios
It's well known for its sunsets and these favorite places for nature lovers:
  • • Grant Park
  • • Northerly Island Park
  • • Millennium Park
  • • Kathy Osterman Beach
  • • Lake Meadows Park
Below are some favorite shopping areas to find that perfect souvenir:
  • • Maxwell Street Market
  • • Shops at Northbridge
  • • Chicago Place Mall
  • • Water Tower Place
  • • 900 North Michigan Shops
Some top places to visit in the area include:
  • • McCormick Place
  • • Art Institute of Chicago
  • • Willis Tower
  • • University of Illinois Chicago
  • • John Hancock Center

When to visit Central Station

If you're starting to plan your trip, you might be wondering when's the best time to visit. Here are the seasonal norms to help you decide when to go:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • January-March: 53°F day, 18°F night
  • April-June: 84°F day, 36°F night
  • July-September: 85°F day, 51°F night
  • October-December: 69°F day, 19°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • January-March: 6.77 inches
  • April-June: 11.81 inches
  • July-September: 11.30 inches
  • October-December: 9.21 inches
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