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Chicago is one of the most popular cities of the United States. The largest city in Illinois, it has a population of 3 million people. It is situated in the Cook County and it is regarded as the 3rd most populous region in the United States. Chicagoland or the Chicago Metropolitan area has a population of 9.7 million or more and it is the 3rd largest metropolitan area also. It is the largest city on the Great Lakes and for its cultural and economic influence it is regarded as the alpha world city. It is a major transportation center in North America and it is the financial and the business capital of the Midwest America. Chicago has the tallest buildings and the some of best hotels in the US. Located in Illinois, it truly bedazzles its visitors with its amazing sights and skyscrapers, museums, restaurants, shopping malls and exquisite neighborhoods. Chicago actually has more in store for you than you can possibly imagine.

City on the Waterfront, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Let's go through all the Chicago attractions. The Chicago attractions include the museums that are among the very best in the world. The museums near the south are Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium. The Museum of Science and Industry is just a short distance away from the previous ones. It is a must see museum and is located on the South Chicago Shore. If you are an art lover then you need to see the Art Institute of Chicago in the Loop. It has all sorts of impressionism, classical and modern art, a huge collection of historical artifacts. Chicago attractions also include the Lincoln Park Zoo and many other small museums like the museum of Mexican art in Pilsen and the Museum of Photography in the Loop. The Lake Michigan is the largest fresh water lake in the United States and so the Chicagoans take full advantage of it. The noticeable beaches where you can relax are Oak Street Beach, Rogers Park, North Avenue beach and Rainbow beach. Midway Park, Washington Park, Rogers Park, Grant Park and many more parks are there to entertain you throughout the year.

Spectators Watching the Visual Screen, the Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Spectators Watching the Visual Screen, the Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Chicago hotels include Adventure Inn, Allegro, Amerisuites Arlington Heights, Baymont Inn and Suites, Belden Stradford Hotel, Conrad and many more. There are a ton of five star and four star Chicago hotels but there are also many budget hotels and motels where you can comfortably stay without making a big dent in your pocket.

Chicago restaurants are really great places to fulfill your appetite. You can find all sorts of cuisine in Chicago and Chicago restaurants are not in the least disappointing. The list includes restaurants like Bandera Restaurant, Big Bowl, Bistro 110, Blue Chicago, Bootleggers, Brazzaz, Café Luciano, Chicago Chop House, Cielo restaurant and Bar, Downtown Dogs, Edwardo's and many more. Chicago restaurants are more than a handful and you'd never really find out exactly how many restaurants there are. Nearly all of them are great though.

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Chicago real estate is in great demand and you'd have to hire a really good real estate agent to get the good prices in Chicago. Although there are a lot of neighborhoods in Chicago, the city is divided into roughly four parts. They are the Downtown and the Loop, The West side, The South Side and the North Side. If you are planning to buy a home in Chicago then you won't regret your decision but do get a good real estate agent for the purpose.

Chicago is the city of amusement and amazement. If you visit once, you'll surely come back.

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About the Author: Connie Boling is a writer for and She does extensive research on the many things related to each city. Chicago City Guide lists things to do as well as businesses in the Chicago area. 
Chicago's Big Personality Makes it a Must-See   by Jonathan Wallace

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Dubbed the City of Big Shoulders due to the numerous sky scrapers and giant buildings scattered around, Chicago is an immense city to behold. Boasting an even bigger personality, it is home to a veritable wealth of cultural treats and renowned annual events, thus making it an electrifying place to visit. Testimony to its appeal, more 30 million people travel there every year.

Located in the state of Illinois, along the south west shores of Lake Michigan, the city has grown from its modest beginnings in 1833 to become a thriving modern metropolis. Divided into four distinct areas - the North Side, South Side, West Side and Downtown - there is a breathtaking range of sights and attractions to explore.

Reflection of City Buildings, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Reflection of City Buildings, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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For instance, home to a superb selection of public art, there are many artistic works dotted around Chicago's outside spaces, including pieces by the legendary Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. It also plays host to a number of major cultural, sporting and political events.

Having brought about the rise of modern improvisational theatre, Chicago is a great place to experience an assortment of live shows and performances. Indeed, there are more than 200 critically-acclaimed theatre companies in the city including the Lifeline Theatre and Remy Bumppo.

Whilst a lot of the companies make use of their own theatre facilities, many also put on performances in some more unusual spaces, such as storefronts, bars and black-box theatres. The result is impressive and visitors cannot fail to be drawn in by Chicago's passion for entertainment. And, in addition to its resident theatres, the city also sees a number touring productions take to the stage, meaning there is always something new to discover.

View of the Navy Pier and Skyline, Chicago, Illinois, USA
View of the Navy Pier and Skyline, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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The Victory Gardens Theatre is a definite highlight for any visitor intending to come to Chicago. Established in 1974, it is home to numerous resident playwrights and, as such, is often the site of premiers, including James Sherman's Beau Jest and Voice of Good Hope by Kristine Thatcher. In fact, in recognition of its contributions to the scene, the New York Times described it as helping to place Chicago alongside New York in terms of theatre.

The Organic Theatre Company is also well worth a visit. Again founded in the 1970s, its mission has always been to bring exciting, new performances to the stage that reflects what is happening in the outside world. Subsequently, there is an interesting assortment of new adaptations and old world classics to enjoy.

The City of Big Shoulders is an impressive one to experience. As well as offering up a huge slice of culture, its theatre offerings are second to none. Add to the mix a remarkable collection of delicious eateries, vibrant bars and clubs, and a range of Chicago hotels and you have the perfect holiday destination to head to.

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About the Author - Jonathan Wallace writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.
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Best Western Grant Park Hotel Chicago
This Chicago hotel is conveniently located across Michigan Avenue from Soldier Field and from Grant Park's many attractions, such as the Field Museum  and Shedd Aquarium. Guests enjoy access to Best Western Grant Park's seasonal outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness room. The hotel's restaurant, Fornetto & Mei’s Kitchen, serves American and Italian cuisine. An Italian coffee bar, open for breakfast and lunch, offers paninis and pastries. The hotel offers a business center; wireless Internet access is complimentary hotel-wide. Amenity highlights include coffeemakers, in-room safes, and complimentary local calls (up to 30 minutes). Both wireless and wired high-speed Internet access are complimentary as well. 
Best Western River North Hotel Chicago
This city-center property is located in Chicago, close to Architech Gallery, Merchandise Mart, and Wrigley Building. Also nearby are Tribune Tower and Chicago Water Tower.  Best Western River North Hotel has an indoor pool and a fitness facility. Business amenities include high-speed Internet access, business services, and audio-visual equipment. Best Western River North Hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Guest parking is complimentary. Amenities featured in guestrooms include air conditioning, coffee/tea makers, and free local calls.
Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Chicago
This city-center property is located in Chicago, close to Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and Michigan Avenue Bridge. Also nearby are Chicago Water Tower and Hancock Tower. Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown has a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Business amenities include wireless Internet access and business services. A hot and cold buffet breakfast is complimentary to guests. Event facilities include conference rooms. The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services. Additional amenities include valet parking, laundry facilities, and coffee in the lobby. Amenities featured in guestrooms include air conditioning, coffee/tea makers, and free local calls.
Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago
Originally built in 1893 to house visitors to the World’s Columbian Exposition, this hotel is across the street from Grant Park  and less than 2 miles from Navy Pier. Congress Plaza Hotel provides a lounge just off the lobby along with 2 restaurants. Gazebo Restaurant serves American cuisine in a casual setting for breakfast and lunch, while Rafael Steak House features Midwestern cuisine for dinner only. 23 conference rooms offer 50,000 square feet of event space and banquet facilities. Of special note is the hotel's Gold Room, decorated with gold-leaf trim and chandeliers, used for formal events. Rooms provide tiled bathrooms with hair dryers and shower/tub combinations.
Raffaello Hotel Chicago
Located near the beach in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, this business-friendly boutique property is close to Hancock Tower, Water Tower Place, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Also nearby are Chicago Water Tower and Tribune Tower. Raffaello Hotel has a health club and a fitness facility. This 4.0-star Chicago property features massage and treatment rooms and facial treatments. Business amenities include a business center, wireless Internet access (surcharge), meeting rooms for small groups, and audio-visual equipment. Raffaello Hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Amenities featured in guestrooms include DVD players, speakerphones, and air conditioning.
Sax Chicago - A Thompson Hotel Chicago
Nestled within Marina City across the Chicago River from the Loop, the Sax Chicago - A Thompson Hotel is next to the House of Blues and 2 blocks from the shops on Michigan Avenue. Hotel décor captures the eclectic aura of a 17th-century French salon but with a 21st-century twist. Bin 36 restaurant and wine bar, located just off the lobby, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is partnered with Smith & Wollensky steakhouse, a Chicago tradition, where guests can sign their bill to their hotel account. Sax Chicago - A Thompson Hotel guestroom keys function as guests' tickets for priority access to jazz, hip-hop and rock concerts hosted at the nationally famed music venue, House of Blues, located adjacent to the hotel. 
Silversmith Hotel and Suites Chicago
Located in Chicago, Ill., in the center of The Loop area and Financial District. The hotel stands at the corner of Wabash and Monroe streets, two blocks from The Art Institute of Chicago and Buckingham Fountain. Millennium Park is located one block from this property. Built in 1897, this national landmark hotel features a marble mosaic entry hall, a marble and cast-iron grand staircase, and an intricate classical relief ceiling and silver display. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the lobby. Ada's Famous Deli & Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, including homemade soups and sandwiches. The 14 Karat Lounge serves cocktails and offers lunch and dinner fare. 
The Allerton Hotel On Magnificent Mile Chicago
The Allerton Hotel on Magnificent Mile overlooks Lake Michigan, one-quarter mile from the John Hancock Center and North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Ill. Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Art Institute of Chicago are located one mile from the hotel. The Shedd Aquarium stands less than one-and-one-quarter mile from the hotel. The Sears Tower is one-and-one-half miles away. Built in 1924, this hotel reflects the style of the Italian Renaissance Revival period. The on-site M Avenue Restaurant and Lounge serves contemporary American cuisine and a selection of wines, beers and appetizers. The hotel's coffee shop serves Intelligencia-brand coffee. 
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