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.
"Holiday Inn Express - Michigan Mile"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jul 9, 2011
There was nothing wrong with the hotel as such, just small rooms, and a very different buffet breakfast than hotels in South Africa. We also struggled to get used to using disposable crockery & cutlery. Very weird for us, as our hotels back home are much more 'sophisticated'. That said, the staff were very friendly, and on the ball with whatever we required. Check in and out was quick and easy and everyone was helpful. Our room was cleaned daily, and we'd definitely recommend this hotel as it was so conveniently located, (we walked wherever we wanted to go) and taxis were always on call. Overall, a good, pleasant experience! Thank you Holiday Inn Express!
"Club Quarters, Central Loop, Chicago"
Reviewed by Ashley of "Johannesburg, South Africa" on
Jun 13, 2011
The hotel was very neat and clean. The staff were very helpful and the service was fantastic. There were unfortunately not a lot to do after hours in the vacinity of the hotel as it is situated in the business district where most of the places close very early.
"River Hotel Chicago the place to stay"
Reviewed by Peter Hu of "Cape Town South Africa" on
May 18, 2010
This was our first visit to Chicago to attend a conference and we wanted to stay on to experience something of Chicago. Being in South Africa and not knowing anyone in Chicago we searched the web for an affordable hotel close to the City centre. The River Hotel seemed like the right choice.
On arrival we were pleasantly surprised to find that it was superbly located in Downtown Chicago amongst some of the nicest restaurants and convenient for the sights of Chicago that we wanted to see.
We were very happy with the room, the service and the amenities that the hotel offered and found the view of the Chicago River stunning.
Should we have the opportunnity to visit Chicago again we will certainly want to stay in the River Hotel.