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90% Avg. city rating Rated by 684 customers

Activities / excursions 93%

Restaurants / eating out 92%

Shopping 88%

Chilling out / relaxing 88%

Getting around / public transport 92%

Sightseeing 93%

Culture 93%

Nightlife / partying 86%

Value for money 83%

Customer Travel Tips for Chicago

Read a selection of great customer tips provided by HostelBookers customers like you

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14 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Cultural Center (near millennium park).

Liked: It had the bustle and footprint of a large city. The architecture was beautiful. Very tourist friendly.

Disliked: Lots of hobos but that comes with the territory of being in a large city.

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  • Shopping - 60%
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14 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: They can find cheap taxi

Liked: Nature

Disliked: Transportation

69% Avg. rating
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  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
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  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
69% Avg. rating


11 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Make a plan for what you want to see/do.. It will save a lot of walking time!

Liked: Lots of things to do..

Disliked: Too many smells.. dirty.. overwhelming at times

69% Avg. rating
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  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
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  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
69% Avg. rating


08 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break Partying / nightlife Shopping Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: walk around the city and be impressed

Liked: very clean city, not as hectic, great atmosphere

Disliked: not really

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08 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Work / volunteering

Customer Travel Tip: Wear comfy shoes, a lot of walking and lovely museums to go too

Liked: Everything

Disliked: No

96% Avg. rating
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  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
96% Avg. rating


05 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Work / volunteering

Customer Travel Tip: I don't know

Liked: Chicago has that midwest feel in a large city. Some culture, but still feels like home.

Disliked: It is what it is. The dangerous neighbors definitely need some work

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04 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Bring a jacket

Liked: Everything

Disliked: No

96% Avg. rating
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96% Avg. rating


01 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Register for the official bike sharing system. Its so much fun to ride a bike and you get to see a lot more than taking the metro.

Liked: Offers a lot of diversity. Its very easy to get around.

Disliked: No.

89% Avg. rating
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  • Shopping - 80%
89% Avg. rating


28 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break Partying / nightlife Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: let your hair down

Liked: the night life

Disliked: not too sure because overall I had a smashing time

78% Avg. rating
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  • Shopping - 80%
78% Avg. rating


24 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Partying / nightlife Shopping Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Check out Chicagos parks!

Liked: The public transport, parks, beers and the city skyline

Disliked: Not really.

80% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
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17 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture Work / volunteering

Customer Travel Tip: Stay in wicker park, see millennium park

Liked: Bars, beach, air show

Disliked: Expensive trains,

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96% Avg. rating


14 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Events / festivals Shopping Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: millenium park

Liked: nuce

Disliked: no

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98% Avg. rating


12 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Walk through Chicago. You will see more!

Liked: Big city, nice people

Disliked: Tooo many people

93% Avg. rating
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  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 80%
93% Avg. rating


08 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: See the Art Institute and eat at Osaka Sushi!

Liked: Lots to see

Disliked: Not too many places to go out close to the hostel at least

93% Avg. rating
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  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 100%
93% Avg. rating


08 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Check out millennium park

Liked: Lots of free stuff to do.

Disliked: A bit too spread out to see many of the attractions

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80% Avg. rating


07 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: .....

Liked: Everything

Disliked: Nothing

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06 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: hop on hop off bus. you get to see pretty much everything in Chicago

Liked: nice and clean

Disliked: no

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  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 60%
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05 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Partying / nightlife Visiting friends or family

Customer Travel Tip: .

Liked: Architecture, general area and feeling

Disliked: .

87% Avg. rating
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  • Shopping - 80%
87% Avg. rating


03 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Partying / nightlife Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Get a map and use it. It will help.

Liked: The parks were amazing. Also, I like that not everything cost money to experience, for example the lake. I felt safe and everyone was very welcoming/helpful. Uno Pizzeria is amazing too. You have to try deep dish pizzas while in Chicago.

Disliked: Lack of escalators to the subway. Pretty hard work getting up all the stairs with a backpack. Pretty minor though.

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30 Jul 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Events / festivals Work / volunteering

Customer Travel Tip: If u have a vehicle parc it & use public transport.

Liked: Everything i did & saw.

Disliked: To much Taxes !

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90% Avg. city rating Rated by 684 customers

Activities / excursions 93%

Restaurants / eating out 92%

Shopping 88%

Chilling out / relaxing 88%

Getting around / public transport 92%

Sightseeing 93%

Culture 93%

Nightlife / partying 86%

Value for money 83%

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