Where to stay & things to do in
Chicago Holidays 2023 & 2024
Chicago is the most visited city in the United States, with popular attractions like the Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park drawing millions of visitors annually. As the third most populated city in the United States after New York and Los Angeles, Chicago’s urban center is bustling and full of elegant restaurants and fine art galleries. Its surrounding neighborhoods hold a treasure trove of architectural gems — from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style homes to stately mansions built by some of America’s first millionaires.
With so many iconic sights and attractions, there's always something to explore in Chicago. The Art Institute, founded in 1879, is home to more the 300,000 pieces of spectacular art, including some of Dawoud Bey’s most captivating and radical photographs to the contemporary pottery handmade by Magdalene Odundo. With such a diverse collection spanning thousands of years, whether your passion is paintings, sculptures, textiles, or architectural drawings, there's something for everyone to admire in the 400,000-square-foot complex.
On a clear day, you can get a glimpse over the 4 states and admire Chicago's exquisite architecture from a birds-eye view. Take in the breathtaking views from the 1,453-foot-tall Wills Tower and take to the glass box. Step out onto the glass floor, also known as the ledge, and look directly down at the city below.
Head to one of Chicago's most stunning landmarks, The Chicago Theatre. Enter the grand lobby, where you'll find the sweeping staircase and intricate decorative details. You'll feel like you’re starring in your very own movie. A trip to the theatre is a must when visiting Chicago, with various performances and shows daily.
Places To Stay
Being the third most populated city in the United States, finding the right place to stay to get the holiday you desire can seem like a challenge. Luckily we've narrowed it down to 2 popular locations for you.
Known as Chicago's Magnificant Mile is the main shopping street. With an array of restaurants, luxury shops, boutiques, and famous nightlife, the Mile is one of the best spots for tourists seeking a break filled with extravagant entertainment and non-stop fun.
Lincoln Park has been a hit with families for years. Close to Lincoln Park Zoo, as well as some museums and even theatres, there's lots of family fun around this quaint neighborhood. With so many kid-friendly dining options, including pizza, hotdogs, and the all-important home-baked sweet treats, you'll find something to keep the whole family happy.
Chicago, the inventors of the deep dish pizza, is a food lover's paradise, with places to eat in neighborhoods ranging from Greektown to Chinatown. In Hyde Park, you can shop at farmers' markets and then stop at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for craft beers and a full Italian menu or Meezers cafe for Middle Eastern fare. If you want something more high-end, try The Publican with its unusual and seasonal dishes (like fried chicken livers).
Chicago has 4 seasons. The summers are hot, with the warmest month being July, with an average high of 24°C. The winters are cold and snowy. The coldest months are January and February when temperatures average -16°C. The spring is pleasant and warm, while the golden autumns are cool and mild.
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8h flight time from UKChicago O’Hare International airport (ORD) and Chicago International airport (MDW)Direct from the UK you can fly with British airways, American airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa and Finnair.