Chicago River with trees and view to the city
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Chicago

Deep dive into eclectic Chicago and you’ll find a city that’s stuffed as full as a deep-dish pizza. Full of interesting architecture, prominent chefs, well-renowned festivals, stunning museums and a brewing scene that rivals America’s best, the Windy City is a treat and definitely worth a visit. For the hottest tips and tricks, read our Chicago travel guide and prepare for your getaway.

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Places to stay

Known as the city of neighbourhoods, each area of Chicago has its own distinct flavour. The cultural hub and centre of the city is the Loop district. Stay here for easy transport options, main attractions and designer hotels.

Near West Loop, the former meatpacking neighbourhood of Fulton Market is now a foodie hot spot and home to trendy hotels like The Hoxton. On the Southwest Side, staying in an Airbnb is the perfect way assimilate into the art-neighbourhood of Pilsen. Soak up its local galleries, seek out its mural-lined streets and tempt your tastebuds at its booming restaurant scene.

The super strollable neighbourhood of Hyde Park has lakefront paths, boutique hotels and architecture. Chinatown and the Old District are central and convenient neighbourhoods to base yourself with plenty of Airbnbs to choose from. Logan Square might not be as close to the action but, it’s a trendy neighbourhood for music, world-class restaurants, quaint inns and family-friendly activities. With so many unique areas to choose from, the accommodation options across Chicago are endless.

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You’ll find award-winning chefs, a thriving art scene, stunning skyscrapers, innovative interiors shopping and lakefront views massed throughout the city. Before taking on the windy city, coffee is a must. Venture to Wicker Park where you’ll find some of the best baristas in town at Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea.

After a caffeine hit, it’s time for some culture. Stony Island Arts Bank houses everything from local exhibitions to famous DJ’s record collection. For the city’s oldest treasures, visit The Art Institute Chicago or The Field Museum. On the riverfront, the Chicago Architecture Centre is home to models of some of the world’s most famous buildings. Looking to give the home a makeover? Rifle through the unique antiques at Scout on the North Side or Humboldt House in West Town. Amongst all the steel and concrete of the city’s spectacular skyscrapers, there are also pockets of green. Garfield Park Conservatory is a lush indoor oasis and perfect picnic spot.

There is no shortage of stellar food options in Chicago. Elske and Giant are the hottest reservations in town while comfort food can be found in Gene & Jude’s hot dogs or Pequod's deep-dish pizza. Stuffed and need a seat? Snag a prime position at The Second City where some of the biggest names in comedy, including Tina Fey and Bill Murray, got their start. For a spot of theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre is an intimate affair. Another booming industry in town is beer—breweries like Half Acre Beer and Revolution Brewing are the perfect places to pull up a stool for a cheeky afternoon brew.

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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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