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A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Renowned for its distinct architecture that provides countless sightseeing opportunities, the city attracts tourists with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and genuine friendliness, charming visitors with a sense of hospitality rarely found in other urban centers its size. The hub of the Midwest, Chicago features a picturesque skyline set against the waters of Lake Michigan, resembling more an inland sea than a freshwater lake. You have plenty to choose from for a diverse itinerary, including visits to the city's lakefront, huge parks, public squares, and world-class museums of art and science. Use our United States trip itinerary tool to plan your trip to Chicago and other destinations in United States.
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Where to stay in Chicago

The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
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