With its many fashion boutiques and coffee shops, not to mention the charming old Polish Cathedrals, Lincoln Park is an upscale, cosmopolitan part of Chicago that's a delight to wander. The Chicago History Museum showcases vintage Americana, and then of course there's the park itself. Facing Lake Michigan, it offers beaches, wildlife trails and Lincoln Park Zoo, where you can see gorillas and polar bears free of charge.
A quaint suburb embodying the traditional charm of old-time America, Lombard is a far cry from the urban sprawl of the inner-city Chicago. It's known for its annual Lilac Festival and parade, and for the "Little Orphan Annie" house, where the red-headed character was dreamt up by Harold Gray. The nearby village of Oak Brook is even more idyllic, and known for its golf courses and polo club.
Forming part of the always bustling Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile is THE place to shop in Chicago. Swanky boutiques, upmarket department stores, and smart restaurants make it a must-visit, and landmarks to look out for include the epic Wrigley Building and the Chicago Water Tower, one of the few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The nearby River North district is famed for its many art galleries.
Home to the Civic Opera House, the Goodman Theater, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where American masterpieces can be found alongside Old Masters, the Loop is worth visiting just for the streets alone. Look up at some of the USA's most celebrated skyscrapers and the elevated trains hurtling along the "L", and then there's Grant Park – a gorgeously landscaped expanse with the huge Buckingham Fountain at its center.
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Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 13, 2012
My first trip to Chicago for business and the hotel was perfectly located right in the heart of town. Convinient for both business and sight-seeing to my reckoning. I did feel that the room layout was a bit cramped though. Overall good stay experience for me.
"Closest Hotel to O'Hare Airport"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 17, 2011
This is not somewhere you stay to see Chicago but rather a transit hotel.
You get in, check in is easy, as is the check out.
There are two bars if you need a night cap as well as normal breakfast (a lvacated and buffet) at the hotel restaurant.
"The James, Chicago"
Reviewed by WM C of "Malaysia" on
Jun 29, 2011
I booked my stay in Chicago at The James based on the great reviews on TripAdvisor and the hotel did not disappoint in terms of the fantastic location, the service and the condition of the room.
I was offered an upgrade for a nominal fee from a King Standard to the Suite with a Queen bed. I thought why not as a treat. The suite was nice and the decor was fresh and modern. However, the air conditioning was really loud and I found it surprising that this was not seen to or fixed. Another thing about the fixtures in the room were the dimmer lights - when you turn them to the lowest setting, there is a buzzing sound and as there are quite a few dimmer lights in the suite, this added to the 2 things that detracted from the comfort of the room.
The last note I have is that I was woken up by hotel guests returning to their rooms at 3am laughing and talking really loudly in the corridor without any consideration for guests in the rooms around and when they eventually went back to their rooms, they banged the doors shut. Guess the soundproofing of the rooms is also a factor?
Overall, I would still recommend the hotel for the convenience of access that it afforded to the Magnificent Mile.