Chicago City Breaks
There are so many attractions packed in these two great American cities it is hard to know where to start.
The "Windy City" was all but demolished by the Great Fire of 1871, but re-emerged as a breathtakingly beautiful, ultra-modern city that boasts one of the world's most spectacular skylines and one of its tallest buildings - the 110-storey Sears Tower. In total it has 29 miles of lakeshore frontage and a huge variety of attractions ranging from the masterpieces of its various museums to colourful sidewalk art exhibitions. Music is a big part of the city with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the star studded performances of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet Company and last but certainly not least the massive jazz and blues scene.
When planning your trip make sure you include an extra suitcase as Chicago is a shoppers paradise. Start your shopaholic's safari on centrally located and elegant Michigan Avenue. The Magnificent Mile houses some 240 glittering shops and stores including plus Bloomingdale's and Tiffany's. The spectacular cloud-piercing skyscrapers and syncopated lifestyle of Chicago certainly makes it a big, bold and beautiful city.
Some of our favourite hotels in Chicago
Palmer House Hilton: Set in the theatre and financial district, this landmark hotel is close to well-known attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. You’ll find famous frescoes, stylish suites and artful dining at Lockwood and Potter's Lounge. Relax at Balance Spa or work out in the sizeable fitness center.
Hotel Monaco: This whimsical, upscale hotel is located two blocks from the El train and minutes from Millennium Park and the Chicago Theater.
Raffaello Hotel: On the Magnificent Mile, this contemporary hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Loyola University, 360 Chicago and the El train.
Loews Hotel Chicago Downtown: Experience Chicago from the heart of the city. The luxurious Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel, situated steps from Navy Pier, offers spectacular city skyline and lake views. The luxury hotel is ideally located on Magnificent Mile, and close to the city's most popular attractions including Millennium Park and the John Hancock Center.
The James: Located one block from the deluxe shopping on the Miracle Mile, this chic, upscale hotel in River North is four blocks from the El train. It is also very close to the world-famous Navy Pier, Grant Park and the Chicago Theater.