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Explore Chicago

Chicago overview

You can spend a relaxing day in Chicago at Millennium Park and Grant Park. Make time to see other popular sights such as Willis Tower and Skydeck Ledge. Chicago is an inviting destination that has something for everyone.

Where to stay in Chicago

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

How to get to Chicago

Fly in to Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.), 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from downtown Chicago. Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 15.7 mi (25.3 km) away.

Train stations include:
  • • Millennium Station
  • • Chicago Van Buren Street Station
  • • Chicago Union Station
Metro stations include:
  • • Monroe Station
  • • Monroe Station
  • • Adams-Wabash Station

What to see around Chicago

Known for its attractions including:
  • • Skydeck Ledge
  • • Navy Pier
  • • John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • • Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
  • • Lincoln Park Zoo
The area's cultural scene stands out, and places to visit include:
  • • Chicago Cultural Center
  • • Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre
  • • Chicago Theater
  • • Field Museum of Natural History
  • • Chicago Children's Museum
Recognized for its natural setting with these places to visit:
  • • Millennium Park
  • • Grant Park
  • • Lincoln Park
  • • Ohio Street Beach
  • • Northerly Island Park
Some popular places include:
  • • Willis Tower
  • • John Hancock Center
  • • McCormick Place
  • • Wrigley Field
  • • Buckingham Fountain

When to visit Chicago

Wondering what time of year to travel, or what clothes to pack? Here are seasonal norms to help you with your planning:

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

Chicago travel guides

Chicago Travel Guides