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Extended Stay America - Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

A major center for business and tourism, Chicago attracts over 30 million visitors annually. If you are looking for Chicago hotels, Extended Stay America has several great places to stay, each offering comfortable accommodations and low rates.

Known worldwide as the "Windy City," Chicago sits proudly on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. Home of the first skyscraper, the city's skyline remains an impressive sight. Chicago is also a global financial center and home to the Chicago Stock Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, or CME.

Cities of Chicago's size can sometimes overwhelm visitors who are unfamiliar with the area. Two locations that provide terrific local information are Chicago Water Works Visitor Center at 163 East Pearson and the Chicago Cultural Center Information Center at 77 East Randolph.

One fun place to begin your visit is at the Skydeck atop the Willis Tower. From here you are atop what was once the tallest building in the world and can see an amazing 50 miles. Just a mile from the Skydeck is Millennium Park, a 24-acre park complete with major performance venues offering wonderful public events and activities that change with Chicago's varied seasons.

Chicago is a superb place for museum goers of all types. Art connoisseurs won't want to miss an opportunity to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. At about one million square feet, it is the second largest art museum in the nation, as well as a world-renowned venue. For those even mildly curious about how things work, the Museum of Science and Industry is the place to visit. With 2,000 exhibits in 75 halls, visitors can see a working coal mine, a World War II German submarine and so much more. Use the Museum's visit planner to get the most from your time here.

For anyone who enjoys live performance, Chicago offers many options. Some argue that one of the biggest influences on American comedy has been The Second City, an improvisational troupe performing in the Old Town District. For the more serious theater patron, Chicago offers the Steppenwolf Theater. Founded in 1974, this Tony Award-winning company delivers exceptional dramatic performances.

If you are looking for a single attraction that includes shopping, restaurants, boat cruises, entertainment and much more, head to Navy Pier. The young and young-at-heart will revel in Pier Park, which features a 7-minute Ferris Wheel ride. For a more sedate experience, tour the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Navy Pier includes fun restaurants like the Billy Goat Tavernor the fine dining of Riva.

While Navy Pier offers tourists plenty of buying opportunities, serious shoppers go to The Magnificent Mile. With over 3 million square feet of retail, restaurant and tourist-related businesses, this part of downtown Chicago is very popular with visitors. The Magnificent Mile boasts year-round shopping of any sort, making it a shopper's paradise.

While not known as a beach community, Chicago sits along the largest freshwater lake located entirely within the United States. For much of the year, all sorts of wonderful recreation can be found on or near Lake Michigan. Swimming is one of the most popular activities, but not the only one. For those inclined toward walking, running or biking, the Chicago Lakefront Path is an 18 mile paved parkway spanning past beaches, playgrounds and other attractions. Lake Michigan is also an ideal place to experience the thrill of freshwater sailing. The Website Chicago Sailing provides great options whether you are seeking instruction, hourly sail rental, or a charter complete with a professional captain.

Wall Street has its Bulls and Bears, but in Chicago, this means basketball and football. Thanks to players like Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls have been a serious national force in basketball for decades. The Chicago Bears of the National Football League, also a national powerhouse, hold the distinction of being one of the oldest NFL teams in existence. Baseball lovers also delight in Chicago, home to two Major League teams. Whether you root for the Cubs at Wrigley Field or cheer on the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, this cross-town rivalry always promises a riveting nine innings. Rounding out the four most popular North American sports, hockey is alive and well in Chicago, with the Chicago Blackhawks thrilling fans year after year.

With six courses, three driving ranges and two miniature golf courses, Chicago Park District Golf is the perfect way for golfers of all abilities to enjoy their chosen sport at very reasonable rates. For more great golf options in Chicago, visit Golflink.com.

For a comfortable, convenient, and affordable hotel in Chicago, Extended Stay America has just what you are looking for.