Chicago travel guide

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You're Going to Love Chicago

With a population of 2.70 million, Chicago is the largest city in Illinois, United States by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Chicago has to offer.

Where to Eat in Chicago

Downtown is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Chicago. These include popular favourites such as The Franklin Room (675 N. Franklin St.), The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown (633 N Saint Clair St) and Les Nomades (222 E Ontario). If you’re looking for affordable options, The Dearborn (145 N Dearborn St) and Ditka's - Chicago (100 E. Chestnut Street) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Fork - Chicago (4600 N. Lincoln Ave) and Demera Ethiopian Restaurant (4801 N. Broadway) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Chicago.

When to visit Chicago

Chicago in March
Estimated hotel price
£110
1 night at 3-star hotel
Chicago in March
Estimated hotel price
£110
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Chicago in July, when the average temperature is 23 °C, and the highest can go up to 29 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -9 °C, with an average temperature of -5 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in August, when precipitation is around 125 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Chicago, with an average rainfall of 43 mm.

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How to Get to Chicago

Plane

There are 3 airports serving Chicago. Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) is the closest to the city centre (9 miles). Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is located 16 miles from city centre of Chicago, while Chicago Greater Rockford (RFD) is 79 miles from the centre. The shortest flight to Chicago from the United Kingdom departs from London and takes around 11h 15m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Chicago. The train journey from Chicago to Milwaukee takes 1h 19m and costs around £15 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bloomington, expect to pay about £12 for a 2h 26m trip. The train station in Chicago is called Chicago Union, and is located 0.7 miles from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Chicago is to pick up a car hire from Indianapolis, which is about 165 miles from Chicago. You’ll find branches of Budget and Avis, among others, in Indianapolis.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Chicago, including Bus, Amtrak and Greyhound. From Milwaukee, the bus ride to Chicago takes 80 miles and will cost you around £60. From Milwaukee, the ticket costs about £30 for a journey of 80 miles. The most popular bus station is Chicago Downtown Greyhound Station, located 0.8 miles from the city centre of Chicago. Chicago California Ave is also a commonly used station, and is 5 miles from the city centre.

Plane

There are 3 airports serving Chicago. Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) is the closest to the city centre (9 miles). Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is located 16 miles from city centre of Chicago, while Chicago Greater Rockford (RFD) is 79 miles from the centre. The shortest flight to Chicago from the United Kingdom departs from London and takes around 11h 15m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Chicago. The train journey from Chicago to Milwaukee takes 1h 19m and costs around £15 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bloomington, expect to pay about £12 for a 2h 26m trip. The train station in Chicago is called Chicago Union, and is located 0.7 miles from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Chicago is to pick up a car hire from Indianapolis, which is about 165 miles from Chicago. You’ll find branches of Budget and Avis, among others, in Indianapolis.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Chicago, including Bus, Amtrak and Greyhound. From Milwaukee, the bus ride to Chicago takes 80 miles and will cost you around £60. From Milwaukee, the ticket costs about £30 for a journey of 80 miles. The most popular bus station is Chicago Downtown Greyhound Station, located 0.8 miles from the city centre of Chicago. Chicago California Ave is also a commonly used station, and is 5 miles from the city centre.

Airlines serving Chicago

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (945 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,560 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,612 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,293 reviews)
Air France
Good (981 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (487 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,596 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,950 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,122 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,894 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (868 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (924 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,180 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (820 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,687 reviews)
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Where to stay in Chicago

From 5-star hotels such as the Nobu Hotel Chicago to great affordable options like the House 5863- Chicago's Premier Bed and Breakfast, Chicago offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around £174 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £381 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown West Loop and The Villa Toscana. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Chicago, with prices from £36 to £478 per night. Downtown is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Chicago are about 1% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Lake View - Hotel Versey Days Inn by Wyndham Chicago, City Suites Hotel and The Willows Hotel have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Lake View will cost you about £111 per night.

Lake View - Hotel Versey Days Inn by Wyndham Chicago, City Suites Hotel and The Willows Hotel have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Lake View will cost you about £111 per night.
Most popular hotel in Chicago by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Chicago

Most booked hotels in Chicago

Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£161+
The Westin O'Hare
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£159+
Hyatt Regency Chicago
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£212+
River Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£139+
Club Quarters Hotel Wacker at Michigan, Chicago
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£151+
Hyatt Regency Ohare Chicago
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£113+

Hiring a car in Chicago

Hiring a car in Chicago costs £50 per day, on average, or £150 if you want to hire it for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Chicago is the Fox branch at 10256 W Zemke Blvd, which is 15 miles from the city centre.

Expect to pay £0.95 per litre in Chicago (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £11.33 and £15.10. The most frequently booked car type in Chicago is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size car hire (Kia Optima or similar) is, on average, 60% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Chicago costs £50 per day, on average, or £150 if you want to hire it for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Chicago is the Fox branch at 10256 W Zemke Blvd, which is 15 miles from the city centre.

Expect to pay £0.95 per litre in Chicago (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £11.33 and £15.10. The most frequently booked car type in Chicago is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size car hire (Kia Optima or similar) is, on average, 60% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.