With its many fashion boutiques and coffee shops, not to mention the charming old Polish Cathedrals, Lincoln Park is an upscale, cosmopolitan part of Chicago that's a delight to wander. The Chicago History Museum showcases vintage Americana, and then of course there's the park itself. Facing Lake Michigan, it offers beaches, wildlife trails and Lincoln Park Zoo, where you can see gorillas and polar bears free of charge.
A quaint suburb embodying the traditional charm of old-time America, Lombard is a far cry from the urban sprawl of the inner-city Chicago. It's known for its annual Lilac Festival and parade, and for the "Little Orphan Annie" house, where the red-headed character was dreamt up by Harold Gray. The nearby village of Oak Brook is even more idyllic, and known for its golf courses and polo club.
Forming part of the always bustling Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile is THE place to shop in Chicago. Swanky boutiques, upmarket department stores, and smart restaurants make it a must-visit, and landmarks to look out for include the epic Wrigley Building and the Chicago Water Tower, one of the few structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The nearby River North district is famed for its many art galleries.
Home to the Civic Opera House, the Goodman Theater, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where American masterpieces can be found alongside Old Masters, the Loop is worth visiting just for the streets alone. Look up at some of the USA's most celebrated skyscrapers and the elevated trains hurtling along the "L", and then there's Grant Park – a gorgeously landscaped expanse with the huge Buckingham Fountain at its center.
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"Central location for walking Chicago"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 5, 2012
Easy to walk around Chicago both north and south of the river from Hotel Sax. Great location next to House of Blues, and with the famous 'corn cob' twin apartment buildings being next door, we were able to easily orient ourselves when out and about (very important with jet lag!) An in-room coffee maker would be much appreciated - we thought these were basically standard in the USA.
"Great location - but a couple of things to know"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Apr 25, 2012
Check in was easy and swift. I was upgraded to a pinnacle room, which was great. Plenty of staff opening doors, but they might have been better employed assisting in other areas. The lobby is small and is filled with bags most of the day (late check outs and early check ins). There are only two elevators, but surprisingly I didn't have to wait long at any stage. The room itself was old-fashioned, but very comfortable and clean. Good bathroom amenities and plenty of space. The one strange thing about this hotel is that there are no coffee making facilities in rooms, or in the lobby (other than 7-10 am). And late at night, there are no stores open nearby where you can get a cup of coffee. Check out was a nightmare; it took more than 30 minutes because there was only one person on the desk (and this was at 10 am - a key time for check out I'd have thought) and her attention was taken by a problem customer. This meant a queue of about a dozen formed. Location was great and staff were friendly.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 4, 2012
I stayed at this hotel for three nights and was looking for a hotel which had a good location and provided good service. I found whyndham to be in a great location couple of minutes walk to Michghan Ave hence great location if you want to spend couple of nights and a very comfortable room