Hotels in Chicago & Beyond

Enjoy Chicago’s wealth of attractions or watch your favorite sports team in action at the United Center. Chicago is still one of the top-ranked cities in the United States and is the perfect destination to get a taste of Midwest living and history. Explore the charming suburbs or live it up in downtown Chicago to make the most of your visit. The Willis Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Theatre, and the Lincoln Park Zoo are some of the most popular attractions to explore around the area.

The shores of Lake Michigan also host a number of events throughout the year and are the perfect destination to enjoy a few hours of people watching or just relaxing on the beach. You could plan your entire visit around events like the Taste of Chicago, Chicago Jazz Festival, or the Chicago Blues Festival. Shop the Magnificent Mile or outlet centers to make the most of your experience.

Check out these things to do in Chicago and beyond! 



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Discover Agritourism in Chicago

Make the most of your visit to Chicago by visiting the working farms, exploring the farmers market, and eating at restaurants that offer farm-to-table fare. Chicago is home to several orchards, mazes, and fields ripe for exploring and gives you the chance to learn about agriculture and food of the Midwest.

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Explore Local Attractions in Chicago

Visit some of the many natural attractions and tourist attractions around Chicago for a taste of local culture, history, and traditions. See the waterfalls in Starved Rock State Park or head to the Navy Pier for some family-friendly fun by the water. Explore the She’d Aquarium or the Field Museum for a fun and educational experience.

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Enjoy the Wildlife and Zoos in Chicago

Learn about your favorite animals with a trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The zoo hosts numerous events throughout the year and is home to hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and insects. Spend your day enjoying some animal encounters and seeing rare species from around the globe.

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Experience the Festivals of Chicago

From Grant Park to the shores of Lake Michigan, you can enjoy hundreds of neighborhood festivals and grand celebrations around Chicago throughout the year. Millions of visitors flock to Chicago every year for events including the Chicago Jazz Festival, Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival, and the Grant Park Music Festival. Grab your tickets and enjoy summertime in Chicago at some of the nation’s top festivals.

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Discover Museums and Theaters in Chicago

Catch a Broadway show or enjoy some live music at some of the most popular event venues and sites around Chicago’s entertainment district. The theater and performing arts scene here is one of the best in the nation. Watch dance, theater, and other performances at The Chicago Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, or Victory Gardens Theater to enjoy some unforgettable performances.

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Indulge in Shopping in Chicago

Whether you’re in the mood for some bargain hunting or want to splurge on gifts and luxury items, you can enjoy a wealth of shopping opportunities around the Magnificent Mile and outlet shopping centers in Chicago. Stock up on the latest fashions, designer shoes, unique accessories, and stylish home goods at chic boutiques and department stores around Chicago.

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Experience the Best Rides and Thrills in Chicago

Escape to the theme parks and enjoy old-fashioned amusements in and around Chicago for a quick adrenaline rush. White City Amusement Park is one of the oldest parks in the city and a great place to enjoy some classic amusement rides. You can also enjoy some rides around the Navy Pier or head to the Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park in Burbank, a short drive away.

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