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Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and the third largest in the United States, with a population of over 2.8 million. It is known for its upscale shopping and dining along the "Magnificent Mile" and also has several ethnic restaurant districts, including "Greektown," "Little Italy," "Chinatown," and "Little Seoul." Chicagos Navy Pier is a 3,000 foot long mega attraction that contains dozens of eclectic shops, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls and a 150-foot tall Ferris wheel that is one of the most visited landmarks in the Midwest. The city of Chicago has architecture that is unforgettable, including the John Hancock Center, the Aon Center and the famous Sears Tower, which at 100 stories high is the tallest building in North America. Chicago also offers dozens of museums, such as the Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum of African-American History and the Museum Campus, a ten-acre lakefront park that surrounds the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium. Several forest preserves are also in the Chicago area, including the beautiful Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Bordered on the east by Lake Michigan, Chicago has 29 miles of beaches, parks, hiking and biking trails and several harbors that offer dinner cruises and boat tours. The list of Chicago attractions goes on and on - the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most fascinating cities in the nation.

Surrounding areas: Oak Park, Illinois (15.3 mi), Glen Ellyn, Illinois (19.5 mi), Wheaton, Illinois (21.8 mi), Schaumburg, Illinois (24.6 mi), Naperville, Illinois (24.7 mi), Highwood, Illinois (26.7 mi), Highland Park, Illinois (27.5 mi)

Chicago Vacation Rentals

Chicago Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
420 E Ohio420 E OhioChicago, IL (312) 440-4200
Amalfi Hotel Chicago20 West KinzieChicago, IL (312) 828-0833
Ambassador East Hotel1301 N State PkwyChicago, IL (312) 787-7200
Apache Motel5535 N LincolnChicago, IL (773) 728-9400
Belden Stratford Apartments2300 N Lincoln Park WChicago, IL (773) 281-2900
Best Western Inn Chicago1100 S Michigan AveChicago, IL (312) 922-2900
Best Western Inn Of Chicago162 E Ohio StChicago, IL (800) 557-2378
Best Western River North125 W Ohio StChicago, IL (312) 467-0800
Blackstone Hotel636 S Michigan AveChicago, IL (312) 427-4300
Camelot Motel9118 S Cottage GRVChicago, IL (773) 488-3100
Cedar Hotel1118 N State StChicago, IL (312) 787-5560
Chicago Ohare Garden Hotel8201 W Higgins RdChicago, IL (773) 693-2323
Club Quarters111 W Adams StChicago, IL (312) 214-6400
Club Quarters75 East Wacker DrChicago, IL (312) 357-6400
Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown15 E Ohio StChicago, IL (888) 775-4111
Comfort Inn Chicago601 W Diversey PkwyChicago, IL (773) 348-2810
Conrad Chicago520 N RushChicago, IL (312) 645-1500
Cottage Inn8135 S Cottage GRV AveChicago, IL (773) 874-3800
Courtyard By Marriott - Magnificent Mile165 E Ontario StChicago, IL (312) 573-0800
Courtyard By Marriott Chicago Downtown30 E Hubbard StChicago, IL (312) 329-2500
Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro733 W MadisonChicago, IL (312) 829-5000
Crowne Plaza Chicago-the Silversmith10 S Wabash AveChicago, IL (312) 372-7696
Crowne Plza-allerton701 N Michigan AveChicago, IL (312) 440-1500
Days Inn Chicago5400 S Cicero AveChicago, IL (773) 581-0500
Days Inn Chicago1816 N Clark StChicago, IL (312) 664-3040
Days Inn Lincoln Park North644 W Diversity PkwyChicago, IL (773) 525-7010
Delaware Towers25 E Delaware PLChicago, IL (312) 944-4245
Doubletree Guest Suites-Chicago Downtown198 E Delaware PLChicago, IL (312) 664-1100
Doubletree Hotel875 N Michigan AveChicago, IL (312) 664-4660
Edgebrook Motel6401 W TouhyChicago, IL (773) 774-4200
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront511 N Columbus DrChicago, IL (312) 836-5900
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown600 N State StChicago, IL (312) 943-3800
Essex Inn Grant Park800 S Michigan AveChicago, IL (312) 939-2800
Ewing Annex Hotel426 S Clark StChicago, IL (312) 939-9120
Fairfield Inn And Suites Chicago Downtown216 E OntarioChicago, IL (312) 787-3777
Fairfield Inn By Marriott-Midway Airport6630 South CiceroChicago, IL (708) 594-0090
Fairmont Hotel At Illinois Center200 North Columbus DrChicago, IL (312) 565-8000
Fitzpatrick Chicago Hotel166 E SuperiorChicago, IL (312) 787-6000
Forte Hotels1550 N LK SHR DrChicago, IL (773) 539-5404
Forum Hotel Chicago525 N Michigan AveChicago, IL (312) 321-8709
Bed & Breakfast
Windy City Urban Inn607 W Deming PlChicago, IL (773) 248-7091
Chicago IncChicago, IL (312) 951-0085

Chicago Weather & Climate

Northeast Illinois ,in the Chicago area, lies midway between the Continental Divide and the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is typically continental with cold winters, warm summers, and frequent short fluctuations in temperature, humidity, cloudiness and wind direction. Many consider the more moderate temperatures of spring and fall to be the most pleasant in this region. Lake Michigan influences the climate of northeastern Illinois. The large thermal mass of the lake tends to moderate temperatures, causing cooler summers and warmer winters. Cool lake breezes provide relief from summer heat and the lake also tends to increase cloudiness and suppress summer precipitation. Winter precipitation is enhanced by lake-effect snows that occur when winds blow from the north or northeast over the relatively warm lake, leading to increased snowfall.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 18°F 2.17 in. -
February 37°F 23°F 1.77 in. -
March 47°F 32°F 3.01 in. -
April 58°F 41°F 3.65 in. -
May 70°F 51°F 3.70 in. -
June 80°F 60°F 4.30 in. -
July 84°F 66°F 3.68 in. -
August 82°F 65°F 3.86 in. -
September 76°F 57°F 3.21 in. -
October 64°F 46°F 2.71 in. -
November 49°F 35°F 3.32 in. -
December 37°F 23°F 2.63 in. -

Chicago Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located about 14 miles northwest of Chicago, the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located approximately 20 miles southeast of Chicago in Gary, Indiana, the Du Page airport (DPA) located roughly 29 miles west of Chicago, the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located around 43 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana, the De Kalb Taylor Municipal airport (DKB) located about 52 miles west of Chicago in De Kalb, Illinois, and finally the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located approximately 71 miles east of Chicago in South Bend, Indiana.

Chicago Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
House of KicksChicagoIL 
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL8.6 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL9.9 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL11.0 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL16.1 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL16.9 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL17.0 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL23.1 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN27.4 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL36.3 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL38.6 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL42.8 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI74.7 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN89.2 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL35.2 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL70.5 mi.
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL113.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Billy Caldwell Golf CourseChicagoIL 
Columbus Park Golf CourseChicagoIL 
Edgebrook Golf CourseChicagoIL 
Harborside International Golf CenterChicagoIL 
Indian Boundary Golf CourseChicagoIL 
Jackson Park Golf ClubChicagoIL 
Marquette Park Golf CourseChicagoIL 
Robert A Black Golf ClubChicagoIL 
South Shore Golf ClubChicagoIL 
Sydney R Marovitz Golf CourseChicagoIL 
Evergreen Golf & Country ClubEvergreen ParkIL8.1 mi.
Stoney Creek Golf Course & RangeOak LawnIL9.3 mi.
Flag Creek Golf CourseCountrysideIL10.3 mi.
Fresh Meadow Golf CourseHillsideIL11.3 mi.
Palos Hills Golf ClubPalos HillsIL12.0 mi.
Oak Brook Golf ClubOak BrookIL12.1 mi.
Waters Edge Golf ClubWorthIL12.1 mi.
Fountain Hills Golf ClubAlsipIL12.4 mi.
Meadowlark Golf CourseHinsdaleIL12.9 mi.
Meadows Golf Club of Blue IslandBlue IslandIL12.9 mi.
Oak Hills Country ClubPalos HeightsIL13.3 mi.
Tam Golf CourseNilesIL13.4 mi.
Weber Park Golf CourseSkokieIL13.6 mi.
Peter N Jans Community Golf CourseEvanstonIL14.1 mi.
Sugar Creek Golf CourseVilla ParkIL14.7 mi.
Chick Evans Golf CourseMorton GroveIL14.9 mi.
Green Meadows Golf CourseWestmontIL15.0 mi.
Palos Country ClubPalos ParkIL15.1 mi.
White Pines Golf CourseBensenvilleIL15.3 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CoursePalatineIL15.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI97.1 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI99.4 mi.
SunburstKewaskumWI119.7 mi.
State Parks
Indiana Dunes State ParkIN35.9 mi. 
Channahon Parkway State ParkIL39.9 mi. 
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtChicagoIL(Art)
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter MuseumChicagoIL(History)
Chicago Historical SocietyChicagoIL(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL 
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL 
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL8.6 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI61.7 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN74.7 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI83.9 mi.
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL115.6 mi.

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