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Your Travel Guide to Chicago

Guide for Chicago

There’s nothing second rate about America’s ‘Second City,’ which boasts friendly locals, top-notch food and museums, and beautiful parks and architecture. Not to mention the fact that it’s the city that President Obama calls home!

Visitors can shop till they drop on the Magnificent Mile, go swimming in Lake Michigan or check out the awe-inspiring view from the Sears Tower. In the evening, grab a slice of deep-dish pizza before hopping on the El train to explore the city’s famous live jazz and comedy scene.

Carry on reading our Chicago City Guide to find out more about the Windy City, including tips on the best hostels. Browse all our hostels in Chicago here to find one that suits your trip.

Customer Travel Tips for Chicago

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89.0% Avg. city rating

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100.0% Avg. rating

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Restaurants / eating out - 100.0% Nightlife / partying - 100.0% Sightseeing - 100.0%

Joel Loera

Travel Type: Alone

Trip Type: Beach / sunbathing, Business / conference, City break

27 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: bring lots of money

Liked: awesome city

Disliked: nope.

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Shopping - 100.0% Value for money? - 100.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 100.0%
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Joel Loera

Travel Type: Alone

Trip Type: Beach / sunbathing, Business / conference, City break

27 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: bring lots of money

Liked: awesome city

Disliked: nope.

80.0% Avg. rating

Activities / excursions - 100.0% Culture - 100.0% Getting around / public transport - 60.0%
Shopping - 60.0% Value for money? - 100.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 80.0%
Restaurants / eating out - 60.0% Nightlife / partying - 60.0% Sightseeing - 100.0%

Vanessa Fortier-Jordan

Travel Type: With my spouse / partner

Trip Type: City break, Sightseeing & culture

24 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: The city is stretched out and the distances are long. Plan your transportation.

Liked: Frank Llord Wright attractions, Parks! Architechture

Disliked: CTA is not user friendly.

84.4% Avg. rating

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Shopping - 80.0% Value for money? - 80.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 80.0%
Restaurants / eating out - 80.0% Nightlife / partying - 80.0% Sightseeing - 80.0%

bei he

Travel Type: With my spouse / partner

Trip Type: Romantic getaway

24 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: use public transportation

Liked: Public transportion

Disliked: food prices.

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Activities / excursions - 60.0% Culture - 80.0% Getting around / public transport - 80.0%
Shopping - 60.0% Value for money? - 80.0% Chilling out / relaxing - 80.0%
Restaurants / eating out - 60.0% Nightlife / partying - 80.0% Sightseeing - 80.0%

mohd shahrum

Travel Type: Alone

Trip Type: Business / conference, City break

24 June 2013

Customer Travel Tip: use the public transport, you can count on them!

Liked: the environment is nice, people nice, the only not so good thing is I don't have much time to spend in Chicago.

Disliked: nothing.