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Chicago Travel Guide

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Chicago Travel Guide

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Chicago Travel Guide

  1. 1. HOSTELS Hostels start at about $25 per night for small private rooms. More luxurious sites near the downtown Loop and major attractions usually are available in the $150 to $200 range. CHICAGO HOTELS Downtown hotels run from about $125 per night for a budget hotel to more than $700 a night for a 5-star hotel on the Magnificent Mile. RESTAURANTS Restaurant meal prices run the gamut, with many menus offering selections for less than $20. For pub grub and pizza, figure on about $10 per meal, give or take a couple of dollars. TRANSPORTATION Public transportation options are plentiful, with subway and “L” train single rides costing $2.25 and bus rides $2. Longer-term passes are $10 for a day pass, $20 for three days, or $28 for a week. GENERALADMISSION General admission ranges from $8 to $25 for the most well-known museums, and the aquarium and planetarium. A Chicago CityPASS for $98 covers VIP admission to five top attractions. CONSIDERING A TRIP TO CHICAGO? Here’s a quick look at typical costs, some money-saving tips and travel hacks, and recommendations for things to see and do while visiting. Note: Prices were in effect as of October 2016 and are subject to change. CHICAGO TRAVEL GUIDE
  2. 2. MONEY-SAVING TIPS Buy the CityPASS to save on major attractions. Use ride-sharing services instead of renting a car. Make use of Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing system. Walk — many top downtown attractions are within a short radius. Take advantage of “happy hour” specials, no longer banned statewide. Get “daily deal” coupons from your favorite e-commerce marketplace. Visit Lincoln Park Zoo — it’s free and open every day. Stay in the suburbs and visit downtown via the Metra train system. Walk the lakefront (an attraction in itself) for free. Leave your vehicle behind — parking rates are exorbitant. Buy groceries/snacks to reduce your number of restaurant meals. Search online for free comedy shows. TRAVEL HACKS If Chinatown is on your to-do list, take a water taxi. Blizzard? Use the underground Pedway system. Use a transit system app for help getting around. Dare to drive downtown? Use an app to find parking spaces. Track restaurants on social media for better deals, wait times. Chicago weather changes quickly; pay attention to forecasts. Avoid a wait by bringing your own ice skates to Maggie Daley Park. Multiple museums are within walking distance of the lakefront. City has the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris. CHICAGO TRAVEL GUIDE
  3. 3. 20 TOP SIGHTS TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO 1 Navy Pier: The Ferris wheel is the only one of its kind in the U.S. 2 Millennium Park: Home of the world-famous “Bean” sculpture. 3 Helicopter tour: There’s no better way to view the amazing skyline. 4 Eat pizza: Deep-dish done right is a signature selection. 5 Keep eating: World-class and ethnic food options aplenty. 6 Take a boat tour: On Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. 7 Theater districts: The Belmont district is even bigger than downtown’s. 8 Ride up a skyscraper: Willis Tower is the hemisphere’s tallest building. 9 Walk or bike the lakefront: Save this sightseeing sensation for summer. 10 Hit a jazz club: Some consider the city’s clubs the lifeblood of the genre. 11 Attend a sports event: Chicago is represented in every major pro league. 12 Museum of Science and Industry: Don’t miss Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle. 13 Field Museum: Explore the history of dinosaurs, mummies and more. 14 Shedd Aquarium: Home to coral reefs and the Oceanarium. 15 Adler Planetarium: Shows, exhibits and events refresh often. 16 Robie House: National Landmark is a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. 17 Art Institute of Chicago: Collections feature world-class works. 18 The Magnificent Mile: Designer boutiques, award-winning restaurants. 19 Find a festival: Neighborhoods host dozens of music and food fests. 20 Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: See lush gardens and a butterfly haven. CHICAGO TRAVEL GUIDE

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