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Trip Planner USA  /  Illinois  /  Chicago
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Things to do: sightseeing, museums, historic sites

Windy City

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. Plan your vacation with our United States tourist route planner and discover the best things to do in Chicago.
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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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