Hotels in Chicago are dotted around the city, but tourists may want to be in the Loop...
The historic centre of Downtown Chicago, the Loop, also known as the Chicago Loop, is where a large number of hotels are located, especially luxury hotels and four- and five-star hotels. Many of Chicago's cultural attractions are based here, as are Grant Park and Millennium Park.
The areas in the Loop can be quieter of an evening, as this is the business hub of the city. If you're looking for more of a 24/7 scene, consider a hotel on the Magnificent Mile, home to some of Chicago's finest restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres and shops with late opening hours. It really is the heart of the action for tourists.
Expect to find hotels from all the big brands, from Best Western through to Comfort Inn, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Embassy Suites, Hyatt, Sofitel, Radisson, W, Staybridge and Waldorf Astoria. Out of town on the freeways are all the motel chains such as Hampton Inn, Days Inn and Super 8.
For a taste of old Chicago, consider staying in Old Town, where rooms in lovely Victorian homes are on offer.
In the Gold Coast Historic District you can find hotels in rather grand townhouses and, while the residential avenues around here can be peaceful, there is plenty going on in the nightlife hotspots of this district.
To the north of Downtown is Lincoln Park, which is where many families choose to base their Chicago holidays. The city zoo, good beaches and Wrigley Field are located in this area.