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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"City Suites Hotel Chicago - almost like home"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 8, 2010
I have stayed at the City Suites 14 times now, I stay there each time I visit Chicago, which is 2-3 times per year. The hotel location is perfect for a LBGT visitor as it is a stone's throw away from Boystown. The fact that it is right next to the Belmont L station also makes it very convenient for getting downtown in 15 minutes.
The hotel itself is not the Ritz, it is an old building and it shows, but the rooms are clean, spacious, and comfortable. Depending on where your room is, it can be a bit noisy with the L tracks, but again, you are in the city so you should not expect it to be very quiet.
Service is almost always friendly and courteous, no frills but perfectly ok.
I would definately recommend the hotel for anyone visiting Chicago who needs a good, convenient, comfortable place to stay. As long as you understand that it is located in a busy neighborhood, close to the L and you don't have unreasonable luxury expectations, I promise you the City Suites is the right hotel for you.
Reviewed by Charles Ca of "Montréal (Québec)" on
Apr 26, 2010
Marriott Courtyard Chicago Hubbard St.
A well-located great quality hotel for anyone wanting to discover Chicago without a car.
We arrived much earlier than normal Check-in Time and were allowed to go immediately in the room, we were given complimentary coupons for nearby restaurants and attractions, end every one was polite