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Discover the Windy City while staying in Inspirato’s chic downtown accommodations. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan from the aptly named Lakeview, a spacious, two-bedroom suite in trendy River North. The Langham Chicago is closest to the Loop, just a short walk from the Bean and the Art Institute of Chicago. Near the lake in the posh Gold Coast neighborhood, the Thompson Chicago is walking distance from premier attractions such as the shops along the Magnificent Mile, Oak Street Beach, and Lincoln Park.
Chicago is a towering triumph of American architecture, good food, renowned museums, and friendly midwesterners, nestled on the bank of Lake Michigan. Take an unhurried stroll through Millennium Park and Grant Park, home to acres of gardens, Buckingham Fountain, and Chicago’s most famous sculpture: the Bean. Catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field—the second-oldest ballpark in the country—and pop into world-class museums like the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Art Institute. You won’t go hungry; Chicago has exploded as a foodie destination in recent years, where gourmet restaurants and charming dives sit side by side. End your visit with a sunset harbor cruise on Lake Michigan to take in the twilit silhouette of the iconic skyline.
Walk or bike the 18-mile lakefront trail that hugs Lake Michigan, winding past the skyscrapers in the Loop and the Neoclassical and Art Deco buildings of the museum campus further south. Hop off to explore Lincoln Park and its free urban zoo.
The Midwest’s most venerable art museum, The Art Institute is home to masterpieces like American Gothic by Grant Wood, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, and A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. You’ll also find works by Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe.
The Chicago River swoops through the Loop, flowing out of Lake Michigan (thanks to an engineering feat in 1900) and coursing through the city. Learn about Chicago’s famous skyscrapers on an architecture cruise or a kayak tour.
Chicago experiences all four seasons fully. Hot and humid summer days send locals and tourists alike to the refreshing waters of Lake Michigan; summer nights are balmy, long, and best savored on an outdoor patio. If you don’t like the humidity, fall is a great time to visit, when the leaves change color and average temps in October hover in the crisp mid-50s. Chicago winters can be cold, damp, and overcast, but the chilly weather means much fewer crowds.