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Chicago, IL: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find hotels & motels in Chicago using the list below. Search for the cheapest discounted hotel and motel rates in or near Chicago, IL for your upcoming personal or group trip. Discover the most favored Chicago Illinois hotel rooms. Review the Chicago hotel list below to find the perfect lodging. We also have a map of the Chicago hotels. Need 5+ Rooms? Secure Chicago Group Hotel Discounts or Book a Chicago Meeting

The Chicago center point is around the area of Monadnock Building and the area of Fisher Building.

Whether you're going there for business or just because you want to get away, Chicago is one of the largest cities in the U.S., and it's famous for its striking skyline and its endless array of things to do. More from this guide...

Chicago Hotels/Accommodations

Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Theatre District
+1-888-389-4121
32 West Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601 Website
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 04:00PM
From$75
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Arlo Chicago - Chicago
+1-888-675-2083
168 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 4:00pm
From$62
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Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown / N Loop / Michigan Ave in Chicago
+1-800-716-8490
68 East Wacker Place, Chicago, IL 60601 Website
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • 2 meeting rooms in hotel
From$80
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Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theatre District - Chicago
+1-800-805-5223
22 West Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Has environment-friendly policy See more
From$102
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Virgin Hotels Chicago
+1-888-965-1860
203 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00PM
From$109
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Palmer House a Hilton Hotel - Chicago
+1-888-788-5576
17 East Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • 23 floors in hotel
From$75
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
+1-888-897-9207
511 North Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60611
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • 1641 rooms in hotel
From$89
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Central Loop Hotel in Chicago
+1-888-311-4278
111 West Adams St., Chicago, IL 60603
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • Free breakfast
From$56
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Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago : 100 West Monroe St.
+1-888-469-4795
100 West Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603
  • 4 star Downtown property
  • 24 floors in property
From$179
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JW Marriott Chicago
+1-888-734-9421
151 West Adams, Chicago, IL 60603
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Access to gym on-site
From$149
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Bluegreen Vacations Hotel Blake, Ascend Resort Collection : 500 South Dearborn St.
+1-888-841-5292
500 South Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60605
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Learn more
From$209
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Kimpton Gray Hotel, an IHG Hotel in Chicago
+1-888-455-5160
122 West Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603
  • High end Downtown property
  • Hotel has 13 suites
From$205
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W Chicago - City Center in Chicago
+1-888-965-8297
172 West Adams St., Chicago, IL 60603
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • 2 conference rooms in property
From$149
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The Buckingham Hotel : 425 South Financial Place
+1-888-906-6358
425 South Financial Place, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • Hotel has 21 rooms
From$90
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Chicago Athletic Association, a Hyatt Hotel : 12 South Michigan Ave.
+1-888-749-6785
12 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
From$130
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Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop : 11 South Lasalle St.
+1-888-878-9982
11 South Lasalle St., Chicago, IL 60603
  • High-end hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$69
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Staypineapple An Iconic Hotel The Loop Chicago in Chicago
+1-888-389-4485
1 West Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
From$104
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Downtown - Chicago
+1-888-389-4121
1 South Franklin, Chicago, IL 60606
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 9 floors
From$83
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Global Luxury Suites at the Chicago Loop
+1-888-675-2083
215 West Washington St., Chicago, IL 60606
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
From$189
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Hilton Chicago
+1-800-716-8490
720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
  • The Hilton Chicago hotel, located on the Cultural Michigan Avenue Mile, is a landmark downtown Chicago hotel. With breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park, Hilton Chicago is right in the middle of many of the Windy City’s biggest attractions. Only a short distance from a multitude of entertainment, shopping, and dining venues, Hilton Chicago is an ideal hotel for travelers who want to experience the best that the city has to offer. With 1,544 luxury guest rooms and suites, Hilton Chicago is a fine place to stay while visiting Chicago.
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has a green policy Read more
From$109
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Hyatt Place Chicago / Downtown The Loop
+1-800-805-5223
28 North Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60606
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Has environment-friendly policy See more
From$80
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theWit Chicago, a Hilton Hotel - Chicago
+1-888-965-1860
201 North State St., Chicago, IL 60601
  • High-end Downtown property
  • Check-in: 4:00PM
From$119
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Pendry Chicago
+1-888-788-5576
230 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 19 suites
From$239
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Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
+1-888-897-9207
1 West Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 27 floors
From$209
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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, an IHG Hotel in Chicago
+1-888-311-4278
225 North Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • Fitness center on property
From$89
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Swissotel Chicago - Chicago
+1-888-469-4795
323 East Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • 32 meeting rooms in property
From$179
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Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown Riverwalk
+1-888-734-9421
66 East Wacker Place, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
From$75
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop
+1-888-841-5292
59 East 11th St., Chicago, IL 60605
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
From$89
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Club Quarters Hotel Wacker at Michigan, Chicago : 75 East Wacker Dr.
+1-888-455-5160
75 East Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • 4 conference rooms in property
From$69
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Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park in Chicago
+1-888-965-8297
200 North Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
  • High end Downtown property
  • 37 floors in property
From$119
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The Westin Chicago River North
+1-888-906-6358
320 North Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60654
  • 4 star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 20 floors
From$250
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HI Chicago - Hostel
+1-888-749-6785
24 East Congress Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60605
  • 2-star Downtown hotel
  • Free breakfast
From$26
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Congress Plaza Hotel - Chicago
+1-888-878-9982
520 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
  • Congress Plaza Hotel is fixture in Chicago that boasts historic charm as well as a beautiful setting on Michigan Avenue. The 14-story hotel, adjacent to Grant Park and overlooking Lake Michigan, has catered to celebrities, presidents, and many foreign dignitaries. It is an excellent option for the traveler who wants to truly experience Chicago. Situated between Soldier Field, college campuses, and many other places of interest in the Windy City, the Congress Plaza Hotel is an ideal destination to experience much of what Chicago has to offer. Whether you are visiting Chicago for business or pleasure, the Congress Plaza Hotel is an ideal choice.
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • Fitness + Health Center
From$70
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Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago - Chicago
+1-888-389-4485
65 East Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60605
  • Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago, located in the area of Chicago known as the South Loop, has been a Windy City fixture for generations. Comfortable, affordable accommodations are available at Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago, along with the ambience and charm that make Chicago a world-class city. Affording easy access to Chicago’s Loop area shopping, museums, theatres, and famous attractions, Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago is strategically located for an enjoyable visit.
  • Low priced Downtown property
  • 20 suites in property
From$58
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The Chicago Hotel Collection - Millennium Park : 55 East Washington St.
+1-888-389-4121
55 East Washington St., Chicago, IL 60647
  • Affordable hotel
  • Check-in time: 16:30
From$90
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Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago - Downtown, an IHG Hotel : 506 West Harrison St.
+1-888-675-2083
506 West Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • 5 floors in hotel
From$80
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Best Western Grant Park Hotel
+1-800-716-8490
1100 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
  • Best Western Grant Park offers all the convenience of a downtown Chicago location at reasonable prices. The professional and friendly staff at Best Western Grant Park will tend to all your business and vacation needs. Whether it’s dining, shopping, entertainment, or just viewing the sites, the staff at Best Western Grant Park will be able to steer you in the right direction for a great time in the Windy City. With a state-of-the art fitness center and outdoor pool, Best Western Grant Park is equipped to help you maintain your exercise regimen while on a business trip or enjoying some time off.
  • 2-star Convention Center property
  • Hotel has 172 rooms
From$46
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The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown in Chicago
+1-800-805-5223
71 East Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • 39 floors in hotel
From$139
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Union League Club of Chicago in Chicago
+1-888-965-1860
65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy See more
From$150
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The Lasalle Chicago Hotel Autograph Collection
+1-888-788-5576
208 South Lasalle St., Chicago, IL 60604
  • High-end property
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$150
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The Silversmith Hotel in Chicago
+1-888-897-9207
10 South Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 6 meeting rooms in property
From$199
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Kimpton Gray : 37 43 South Lasalle St.
+1-888-311-4278
37 43 South Lasalle St., Chicago, IL 60602
  • Three Star hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
From$80
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Canopy by Hilton Chicago Central Loop : 226 West Jackson Blvd.
+1-888-469-4795
226 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606
  • High-end Downtown property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$125
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Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop - Chicago
+1-888-734-9421
245 South Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60606
  • 3 star hotel
  • 4 floors in hotel
From$80
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The Blackstone Autograph Collection
+1-888-841-5292
636 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • 23 floors in property
From$300
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The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop - Chicago
+1-888-455-5160
171 West Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • 10 conference rooms in property
From$99
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Hotel Essex Chicago : 800 South Michigan Ave.
+1-888-965-8297
800 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
  • High end Downtown property
  • Check in: 4:00 PM
From$150
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Oakwood at 73 E. Lake - Chicago
+1-888-906-6358
73 East Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601
  • Midscale property
  • 40 floors in hotel
From$90
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Oakwood Millennium Park Plaza in Chicago
+1-888-749-6785
151 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • 38 floors in hotel
From$90
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Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown South Loop
+1-888-878-9982
55 East 11th St., Chicago, IL 60605
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 146 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$129
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Graph of Chicago, IL Hotel Prices for Next 20 Days

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Chicago, IL discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Chicago hotel for each day and each star rating category.

If you're planning on visiting Chicago anytime soon, you might be wondering how to get the best deal on a hotel in the city. This guide points you toward luxury options, low-budget steals, and the hotels that offer the best overall values.

Choosing the Right Time to Visit Chicago

If you're flexible about the dates when you're going to be in Chicago, you have several factors to consider.

Is scoring a good deal on your hotel at the top of your priorities list? You'll want to visit the city during the winter, after the chaos of the Christmas season wears off. Rates are generally low in January, but they start to climb again as the weather warms up. November might also be a cheap time to go. Bear in mind that if you visit during the winter, you may have to deal with unfriendly weather conditions, so plan accordingly.

Spring and autumn are also good times to visit. These times are cheaper than summer, and they offer mild weather. However, you should have a list of indoor attractions to keep you busy in case rain starts to pour. It's always fun to take in the city's many museums.

Summer is the most popular time to visit Chicago. Understandably, hotel rates skyrocket during the sunny season. The advantage of going in summer is the warm weather, and you might also catch an event in the city. The Puerto Rican Parade and Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and the Chicago Pride Fest are all in June. In July, you might catch Taste of Chicago or the Square Roots Festival. August brings the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago Air and Water Show.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Chicago, IL:

seasonality of hotel rates in Chicago

Averate Rates by Star Rating

Below are 3 charts displaying average nightly cost trends by star rating class in Chicago, IL. Analyze these illustrations to determine the cheapest months to book a room in Chicago for upcoming travels.

Chicago’s Luxury Hotels

4 Star Average Prices: $193.78

Want to feel like an A-list celebrity while you're in Chicago? When cost is a minor concern and you're looking for five-star treatment, check out the following Windy City hotels:

Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago.

The Trump name is synonymous with over-the-top luxury, and this hotel is no exception. It is one of only 10 hotels in the world to have a Forbes five-star rating for both its hotel and its restaurant. Expect stunning views of the city and unrivaled service and amenities.

The Langham Chicago.

This landmark skyscraper, designed by Mies van der Rohe, invites guests to enjoy its gorgeous views and convenient location. It is close to the Loop, the Magnificent Mile, and Millennium Park. Inside the spacious rooms, you'll find handmade wood furnishings, large bathrooms, and other opulent touches.

The Waldorf Astoria Chicago.

This AAA five-diamond masterpiece of hospitality features an award-winning spa and health club, spacious rooms with large tubs that are perfect for soaking, and private bars. The rooms also have top-notch sound systems so you can plug in your iPod and immerse yourself in your signature sounds.

The Peninsula Chicago.

The Far Eastern vibe at The Peninsula will make you feel like you've been transported to a new realm of luxury. Stop by the spa to unwind before you head to the hotel's gourmet restaurant, and then retire to your room to soak in a beautiful view of the city.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Chicago

Chicago’s Most Budget-Friendly Options

3 Star Average Prices: $158.88

If you're going to be too busy exploring the city to care much about how well-appointed your hotel is, you'll probably want to book a room that is as cheap as possible.

Hostelling International Chicago.

This one is a hostel rather than a hotel, but you're still getting affordable hospitality in one of the world's most captivating cities. The hostel is clean, the staff members are friendly, and you can expect to meet fellow travelers who can share their experiences and advice with you. There are between 8 and 10 beds per room.

Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago.

This hotel offers a convenient location downtown, making it easy for you to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Basic amenities, such as in-room coffeemakers and free HBO and Showtime, will make your stay as comfortable as it is affordable.

Chicago's Essex Inn.

When you stay here, you might score a room with a lovely view of Grant Park and Lake Michigan. In your room, you'll find colorful decorations, an LCD TV, and a comfy work desk. Complimentary shuttle services make it a breeze to get to Chicago's top attractions, including The Magnificent Mile. There is also on-site coin-op laundry.

The Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago.

The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center's building is more than 120 years old — it's the perfect place to absorb Chicago's history while you stick to your budget! The rooms are spacious, and many of them offer a view of Lake Michigan. Upgrade to a Deluxe room if you decide you have a little wiggle room in your wallet.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Chicago

2 Star Average Prices: $124.73

2 Star Hotel Prices in Chicago

Finding the Best Hotel Discounts in Chicago

No matter what kind of lodging you're looking for in Chicago, you want your stay to be as easy on your wallet as possible, right? Use these tips:

Get a group together to travel with you. Most hotels offer fantastic group discounts. You could save nearly 25 percent at the classy Westin Chicago River North. The average group savings at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is more than 28 percent! Depending on when your group goes, you might be able to score even deeper discounts.

Look for AAA hotels. Most hotels are happy to give AAA discounts, so be sure to take this into account when you're booking. Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown is a classy option that offers discounts to AAA members as well as to seniors and individuals who are in the military.

Use your age. If you're a member of AARP, you might be able to get a great deal on your hotel stay. The Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago is one of many hotels in the city that offers better rates to seniors.
Ask for a military discount. As a thanks to the nation's service members, many hotels — including the Park Hyatt Chicago — offer special rates to those who serve in a branch of the military.

The discounts you receive will depend on the hotel's policies and the season when you book. Even if a hotel doesn't advertise online that they offer a particular discount, it doesn't hurt to ask, just in case there is a hidden way for you to save money.

Reasons to Choose Chicago

There is no shortage of reasons why you should choose Chicago as your next destination:

The architecture: The Willis Tower, formerly called Sears Tower, is the second tallest building in the U.S., and it is only one part of Chicago's unforgettable skyline.

Navy Pier: Visit during the summer to get some thrills on Chicago's waterfront.

Lincoln Park Zoo: This is one of the nation's oldest zoos — and admission is totally free!

The Magnificent Mile: If you're a shopaholic, you'll want to spend most of your time in Chicago combing through this strip of stores. There are both big department stores and eye-catching boutiques.

The food: Enjoy local fare as well as dishes from around the world.

Chicago's past visitors have said that the city is a “fascinating” and “lively” place. Head to the Windy City to see for yourself why so many people love it there.

Chicago’s Best Values

Do you want to strike a balance between luxury and affordability? The following hotels offer more than you would expect for the price.

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza - Chicago.

One Hotel Planner expert who visited here remarked, “This hotel is in a great location that is attached to the Merchandise Mart… it provides a welcoming atmosphere. The food is delicious! … this hotel can accommodate up to 700 people for any social occasion and up to 1000 people for corporate events with additional breakout rooms as well.” The rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago Downtown.

Enjoy free Internet access, an up-to-date fitness center, and a stellar location that makes it easy to explore all that Chicago has to offer. The property's outdoor rooftop pool is the perfect way to unwind in the summer. If you're in the Windy City on business, you'll appreciate that the hotel is close to Bank of America and PepsiCo.

Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago.

Guest reviews give the Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago a 4.5 out of 5 rating. These high marks are thanks to the hotel's boutique styling, complimentary breakfast, and perfect location. It's in the Bank of America Theater, so it's the ideal place if you and your friends are heading to Chicago to see a live show.

The Silversmith Hotel.

This gem in Chicago's financial district features modern, glamorous styling and excellent amenities. Grab a cocktail at the restaurant. Rely on the friendly staff to try their best to accommodate your needs and wants.

A visit to Chicago Recapped

In many ways, Chicago remains to be America's last great city. Though the pulse of America has long been eclipsed by New York and Los Angeles in terms of population, Chicago has everything, except overbuilt infrastructure and rocketing prices of its coastal rivals. It's impossible to pass a chance to discover the city, as it is home to the O'Hare International Airport, the national headquarters for major airlines, and Amtrak's Union Station, the hub of every cross-country route. Chicago was regarded as the crucible of innovation. It is on the shores of Lake Michigan that America first saw suburbia and skyscrapers, most of which are still standing. Almost everything is less expensive.eating out costs much less, and even high class downtown hotels are comparatively inexpensive. Visitors of Chicago are bowled over by its superb skyline, ranging from the Sears tower to Michigan Avenue's parklands and museums. Guests can visit the highly ambitious Millennium Park, or shop at Macy's, one of the oldest and grandest department stores in the region. To get a feel of the city, tourists can ride a cruise boat with the view of Chicago River's bridges during sunset, or head out on a sunny summer afternoon at Wrigley Field, and catch a game of baseball in action.

'What makes me love Chicago? That's a kind of difficult question to answer. Let me think. There is a million things I could list that really make me love Chicago!
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, said this when a young girl asked him during one of his presidential rallies in 2007. A long time has passed since then, and the man himself has grown to become one of the most loved American presidents of all time. What hasn't changed, however, is the fact that his answer echoes the sentiment of millions of other people who love Chicago “ their Sweet Home Chicago.

From Theodore Dressier's ˜Sister Carrie' to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Chicago has umpteen cultural and social references embedded in its very existence. That apart, it is still one of the best planned cities in the world, one of the best run municipalities in the world, one of the busiest cities in North America, one of the coldest places to be on Christmas and one of the finest cities you would want to be in if you are a jazz or blues fan. 

From the Town Hall to Michigan Avenue, Chicago and music go like Huckleberry and Tom “ different but compatible. Hence, if you are making a much awaited trip to Chicago anytime soon, be sure to explore these hidden nuances of this city of love, labor and life. Rising above regular tourist stuff “ jumping from one sight to the next without really caring for either “ is definitely not going to make you any happier in Chicago. 

Living Cheap in Chicago 

For some travelers, finding cheap hotels is an indescribable joy that heightens the spirit of their tours. If you happen to be one among such thrifty tourists, you are going to love Chicago A LOT “ because there are over 200 Chicago hotels that can be called positively cheap but definitely not low-quality. 

Music fans can definitely lodge around the Michigan Avenue and enjoy the busy streets, hallowed Motel Music Studio and of course, the spectacular sight that is Lake Michigan. While opting for an economical hotel in Chicago, the only thing you must remember is that you won't be getting any mind-blowing facilities with it. If a no frills attached accommodation does it for you to get through the night, then these are the best options for you. 

Among the Chicago hotels that occupy much of the Michigan Avenue hospitality space, Congress Plaza is a popular name known for quality and comfort at cheap prices. Another popular pick is Comfort Suites Michigan Ave., located at a short distance from Lake Michigan. Bellwood Hotel “ though it may not appeal to connoisseurs of aesthetics “ can get the job done as well, without hurting your credit card too much. 

Stepping Up to The High-Life 

Chicago may not be the richest city in the world (or America, for that matter), but it certainly features a fair share of luxury hotel and resort establishments that regularly cater to wealthy tourists who can afford to let their purse strings loose every once in a while. 

Among all the luxury hotels in Chicago, Sofitel Chicago takes the top prize. Known for its exotic interior decor in the style of English aristocratic homes, Sofitel provides the utmost comfort to its patrons. 

Similarly, Hyatt Regency in Chicago is a no mean deal either. Located in the most prime part of the city, Hyatt Regency is known for its excessively luxurious global cuisine restaurants. Other notable mentions include Marriott Heritage, InterContinental, Hilton Hotel Chicago and Park Avenue Chicago. 

Spending Time Wisely in Chicago

In the year 2014, Chicago attracted over 50 million tourists “ a whopping number in its own regard. Being a city of high repute and cultural heritage, tourists must ensure that they spend their time in Chicago wisely, not trying to cram too many sights in too short a time span. 

Here are some of the most famous as well as not-so-famous things to see or visit in Chicago. 

Magnificent Mile provides the best opportunity for tourists and visitors to satiate their shopping cravings with more or less every brand of good market standing operating factory outlets along this mile-long stretch. Add to it a minimum of 500 restaurants and you are looking at a true wonderland that you would love to get lost in. 

Navy Pier is another understated attraction in Chicago that you must make it a point to visit. Chicago is also home to other mainstream tourist attractions Sears Tower and Museum Campus that will automatically take the top spot in your itinerary. 

Lincoln Park, Millennium Park and Grant Park are three of the most famous public parks in Chicago, worthy of your time. 

Hotels Near O'Hare Chicago Airport 

The O'Hare Airport in Chicago is among the busiest airports in North America, handling heavy traffic all year long. 

Since most tourists use it as a point of entry into Chicago, it is quite expected that a number of cheap hotels as well as luxury ones occupy the immediate vicinity of it. 

It would not be (it should not be, at any rate “ as long as it's not Christmas!) too difficult for you to find a good deal with a good hotel near the airport. 

Getting Around in Chicago 

Chicago is a very finely built city that can incorporate heavy transport quite easily. With an extensive network of lanes, streets and highways inside the city and a vast system of expressways outside of it, Chicago has ensured that it can sustain a good traffic reputation, as long as it is not disrupted by inclement weather.

When in Chicago, tourists are best advised to use private taxi cabs for getting around from one place to another. Many hotels in Chicago operate their own sightseeing shuttle service that can be extremely convenient if you don't wish to go around looking for trustworthy cab deals. 

For those in the know of the fabric of the city, local Amtrak network should be good enough to travel anywhere in the city, round the clock. 

FAQs about hotels in Chicago

What are the best rated hotels in Chicago?

Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theatre District, Virgin Hotels Chicago and Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Theatre District are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most high-end hotels in Chicago?

Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Theatre District, Arlo Chicago and Virgin Hotels Chicago are the top 3 luxury hotels near Chicago city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Chicago?

Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Theatre District, Arlo Chicago, and Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown are the properties closest to Chicago city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Chicago cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Chicago can be as cheap as $124.73 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Chicago cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Chicago has been $158.88 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a luxury hotel in Chicago cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Chicago has been $193.78 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in Chicago?

Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theatre District, Virgin Hotels Chicago and Arlo Chicago are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the most popular Marriott hotels in Chicago?

JW Marriott Chicago, Residence Inn Chicago Downtown and The Westin Chicago River North are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the most popular Choice Hotels branded hotels in Chicago?

Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Theatre District and Bluegreen Vacations Hotel Blake, Ascend Resort Collection are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in Chicago?

Kimpton Gray Hotel, an IHG Hotel, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, an IHG Hotel and Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago - Downtown, an IHG Hotel are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

Verified reviews of the city: Chicago, IL

Below are reviews of the city of Chicago, IL from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Navy pier fireworks and the Rolling Stones concert!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Architecture cruise, Navy pier fireworks and The Rolling Stones concert!

Stacey W., from 04-Jul-2024
"Riverwalk and food on Devon Avenue and Recreation Drive!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Riverwalk and food on Devon Avenue and Recreation Drive!

Naweel Y., from 03-Jul-2024
"River Tour!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Tour on the river!

James H., from 02-Jul-2024
"Good Area"
Score 5.0 / 5

Area was well kept, easy to get around.

David E., from 01-Jul-2024
"Beautiful city, good vibes!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beautiful city, good vibes!

Catherine L., from 30-Jun-2024
"The Stones at Soldier Field & a River Cruise!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The river cruise and seeing The Rolling Stones at Soldier Field!

Mary L., from 30-Jun-2024
"Very Vibrant!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Very vibrant!

Riaz B., from 30-Jun-2024
"Shopping!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Shopping and feeling safe.

Marie H., from 28-Jun-2024
"Good"
Score 5.0 / 5

It was good.

Estifanol L., from 26-Jun-2024
"Flyover at Navy Pier is Amazing!"
Score 4.0 / 5

So much. Restaurant choices. Easy use of the train system. Plenty to do. The Flyover at Navy Pier is amazing!

Denise G., from 25-Jun-2024
"Easy Walk to Wrigley"
Score 5.0 / 5

Easy walk to Wrigley.

Mark D., from 24-Jun-2024
"Chicago River Cruise!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Chicago river cruise. Downtown.

Patrice N., from 23-Jun-2024
"Electric City Vibe!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The city vibe was so electric and pleasant.

Mark W., from 22-Jun-2024
"Love the Sports!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Love the sports teams and love the city of Chicago!

Barrieann M., from 19-Jun-2024
"Urban Vitality!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Urban vitality!

Stanley A., from 15-Jun-2024
"Clean Hotel"
Score 5.0 / 5

Clean hotel.

Stanley A., from 13-Jun-2024
"Great museums, good restaurants, deep dish pizza and great hot dogs!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great museums, good restaurants, including deep dish pizza and great hot dogs.

Joyce L., from 12-Jun-2024
"Great Restaurants"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great restaurants!

Phil F., from 10-Jun-2024
"Great Restaurants!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great restaurants!

Phil F., from 10-Jun-2024
"Multi National "
Score 5.0 / 5

Loved the multi national visitors on Michigan Ave.

Susan M., from 09-Jun-2024
"Museums, Parks & Navy Pier"
Score 5.0 / 5

Museums, parks, Navy Pier.

Hope S., from 09-Jun-2024
"Riverwalk & Amazing Food!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The Riverwalk, ease of access to anywhere I wanted to go just by walking, clean streets, and the food was amazing!!

Peter K., from 05-Jun-2024
"Andrey's Jazz Club"
Score 5.0 / 5

Andrey's Jazz Club is worth a visit!

Alessandro L., from 01-Jun-2024
"River Walk"
Score 5.0 / 5

I like the river walk.

Amelia S., from 27-May-2024
"The room was clean, comfortable. The staff was friendly. "
Score 4.0 / 5

The room was clean, comfortable. The staff was friendly. The city is beautiful and clean

Sharon S., from 26-May-2024
"The room was clean, comfortable. The staff was friendly. "
Score 4.0 / 5

The room was clean, comfortable. The staff was friendly. Great options for dining and activities.

Michele S., from 26-May-2024
"Museums, Restaurants & Lake Michigan!"
Score 5.0 / 5

I grew up in Chicago. Lake Michigan, the Art Institute, the Chicago Museum, the restaurants and the architecture are second to none.

Daniel K., from 13-May-2024
"The room was clean, comfortable. The staff was friendly."
Score 4.0 / 5

The room was clean, comfortable. The staff was friendly. Wide variety of activities & sites. AMAZINGLY clean city!!!

Robin M., from 07-May-2024
"The room was clean, comfortable. The staff was friendly."
Score 5.0 / 5

The room was clean, comfortable. The staff was friendly. I was in Beverly for first communion for my granddaughter.

Cheryl S., from 07-May-2024
"Lots to Do & See!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Plenty of things to do and see!

Carlotta S., from 02-May-2024
"So Much to See & Do!!!"
Score 4.0 / 5

There's so much to do in Chicago. Loved the food, architecture and history of the city. Definitely recommend the boat tour and Millennium Park

Shauna C., from 30-Apr-2024
"The hotel was clean and beds comfortable. "
Score 4.0 / 5

Alive, clean, friendly, varied transportation

Carilyn A., from 20-Apr-2024
"The hotel was clean and beds comfortable. "
Score 5.0 / 5

The hotel was clean and beds comfortable. The water

William A., from 20-Apr-2024
"The room was clean and comfortable. "
Score 5.0 / 5

Chicago is my home and even though I enjoy my second home, Boston, it was sweet to show off Chicago to my son! He was truly impressed! We went to Field's, including the Walnut Room, Berghoff's, Miller's Pub, Rosebud, Art Institute, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Cultural Center to see both rotundas, Museum of Science for eclipse, Millennium Park, Holy Name Cathedral, Chase tower, Sears tower, Hancock at sunset/night (spectacular, new for me), Peru, and back to Museum of Science for submarine tour! Also, many lovely walks in the Loop and near North side! Wish I could send a few pics!! The food & services at the Palmer House were amazing, and Claudia was most gracious & helpful. It was a joy to see her at church! I love Chicago more than ever...

Pamela M., from 13-Apr-2024
"The room was clean and comfortable. "
Score 4.0 / 5

The room was clean and comfortable. Chicago is justly named the Windy City but has many wonderful sights and wonderful museums and culture.

Katherine E., from 09-Apr-2024
"Maggie Daley Park!"
Score 5.0 / 5

We traveled with children and we loved Maggie Daley Park!

Maggie S., from 01-Apr-2024
"Wide Variety of Restaurants"
Score 4.0 / 5

Wide variety of restaurants!

Linda B., from 31-Mar-2024
"Art Institute of Chicago"
Score 4.0 / 5

Going to The Art Institute of Chicago!

Maureen D., from 31-Mar-2024
"Credit Union Obe Center"
Score 4.0 / 5

Stayed for an event at the Credit Union Obe Center.

Kelly S., from 26-Mar-2024
"Great Place to Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Front desk was very helpful. Housekeeping was very professional. I enjoyed the fresh lemon and lime water. The sitting area was very nice, the bar and of course, the restaurant in the hotel was delicious and the happy hour was great too.

Jessica A., from 26-Mar-2024
"Perfect Location!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Perfect location!

Kimberly D., from 26-Mar-2024
"Convenient Airport Hotel"
Score 4.0 / 5

I did not visit Chicago per se on this trip just the airport and hotel

Florence B., from 24-Mar-2024
"Never A Dull Moment!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The city is an awesome place to visit. Never a dull moment. This was St. Patrick's Day weekend. Loved the turning of the water and the parade. Loved the crowds and the excitement. We visited several restaurants: Navy Pier, Cheesecake Factory, etc.

Mary K., from 17-Mar-2024
"Historical & Amazing Place"
Score 5.0 / 5

It is historical; the buildings and riverwalk downtown are amazing.

Wai L., from 14-Mar-2024
"I loved the room, so comfortable!"
Score 5.0 / 5

I loved the room, so comfortable!

Gail V., from 11-Mar-2024
"Beautiful & Exciting!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beautiful and exciting!

Sherice J., from 11-Mar-2024
"I Like The Hotel!"
Score 5.0 / 5

I like the hotel!

Margaret B., from 10-Mar-2024
"MSOE, Shedd, Willis Tower & Millennium Park"
Score 4.0 / 5

The MSOE, Shedd, walking distance of restaurants, Willis Tower and Millennium Park.

Joey M., from 09-Mar-2024
"Great Downtown View!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The view of downtown was great! The riverwalk, lakeside parks, Cub Stadium, food, and friendly atmosphere.

Gleen R., from 05-Mar-2024
"Lots of Sites & Eateries!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Plenty of places to see and eat.

Elizabeth S., from 05-Mar-2024
"Great Restaurants"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great restaurants.

Harold M., from 23-Feb-2024
"Night Views!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The views, especially at night!

Angela A., from 10-Feb-2024
"Best Food, Best People, Best Bars!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Chicago is the greatest city- best food/best people/best bars!

Tiffany C., from 07-Feb-2024
"Good Location"
Score 5.0 / 5

Access to events, pride of place.

Elizabeth K., from 30-Jan-2024
"Great Food!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great food!

Paige S., from 29-Jan-2024
"The food and sightseeing!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The food and sightseeing!

Carl T., from 28-Jan-2024
"Located near food and attractions."
Score 5.0 / 5

Located near food and attractions.

Derek S., from 24-Jan-2024
"Vibrant!"
Score 4.0 / 5

It's vibrant!

Thomas J., from 10-Jan-2024
"Good hotel food and shopping!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Good hotel food and shopping!

Kimberly S., from 08-Jan-2024
"Clean with lots of restaurants and theaters."
Score 5.0 / 5

Clean streets. Lots of restaurants near the theaters.

Stephanie G., from 08-Jan-2024
"High End!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Love the high end service and culture.

Scott L., from 07-Jan-2024
"Millennial Park and Cultural Center."
Score 4.0 / 5

Millennial Park and Cultural Center.

Margaret S., from 04-Jan-2024
"Always busy and always moving!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Always busy and always moving!

Jorge A., from 04-Jan-2024
"Fabulous City"
Score 4.0 / 5

Very clean and fabulous city.

Darlene P., from 01-Jan-2024
"Ethnic & Cultural Diversity"
Score 4.0 / 5

The ethnic and cultural diversity.

Stephen G., from 01-Jan-2024
"It's Alive!"
Score 5.0 / 5

It's alive!

Thomas W., from 01-Jan-2024
"Millennial Park"
Score 5.0 / 5

Millennial Park, Cultural Center, mix of people.

Margaret S., from 30-Dec-2023
"Always Enjoy Staying"
Score 5.0 / 5

Been here many times and enjoy it.

Bruce C., from 29-Dec-2023
"So Much to Do!"
Score 5.0 / 5

It offers so much to do!

Jacqueline D., from 28-Dec-2023
"Millennial Park & Cultural Center"
Score 4.0 / 5

Millennial Park and Cultural Center.

Margaret S., from 28-Dec-2023
"Nice Location Close to North Shore"
Score 5.0 / 5

Shopping, restaurants, easy in and out of city, close to North Shore.

Deborah U., from 25-Dec-2023
"Excellent Staff"
Score 5.0 / 5

The support staff (cleaning staff) was excellent.

James H., from 25-Dec-2023
"Haunted Historical Hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The history and architecture are why I stayed at the hotel. It was haunted!

Bruck C., from 22-Dec-2023
"Great City"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great city!

Nicole C., from 20-Dec-2023
"Beautiful City"
Score 4.0 / 5

Chicago is beautiful, affordable for a city of its size, has great food and friendly helpful people. We're hoping to get the chance to live there soon.

Jackson E., from 18-Dec-2023
"Great Customer Service"
Score 4.0 / 5

All employees were professional and helpful.

Fred H., from 13-Dec-2023
"Architectural Boat Tour"
Score 4.0 / 5

Architectural boat tour. Streets and public buildings are better maintained than other large cities I have visited.

Leah S., from 02-Dec-2023
"City vibes and the cold, crisp weather!"
Score 5.0 / 5

City vibes and the cold, crisp weather!

Vanessa V., from 24-Nov-2023
"The staff was friendly and welcoming. The room was clean. "
Score 4.0 / 5

The staff was friendly and welcoming. The room was clean. Great food, lots of nightlife activities centrally located within the heart of the city.

Loretta F., from 19-Nov-2023
"Staycation for the Parade"
Score 5.0 / 5

Love Chicago, I live here, did a staycation for the parade.

Cynthia P., from 19-Nov-2023
"Fun Place to Explore!"
Score 5.0 / 5

It was a fun place to explore!

Sarah H., from 17-Nov-2023
"Safe & Glamorous Michigan Avenue!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Michigan Avenue is as safe and glamorous as it has been for many, many years!

Rebecca K., from 16-Nov-2023
"Variety of things to do, see, hear and experience."
Score 4.0 / 5

I love the variety of things to do, see, hear and experience.

Joy H., from 07-Nov-2023
"The food is incredible and the shopping out of this world!! "
Score 4.0 / 5

Love the energy and all the amazing things to do. The food is incredible and the shopping out of this world!! So much fun!!!

Shelley S., from 07-Nov-2023
"Great Location & Parking"
Score 4.0 / 5

Parking was very close to hotel and location of this hotel is near a lot of my favorite places.

Jose M., from 07-Nov-2023
"So close to Grant Park, restaurants and drinks!"
Score 4.0 / 5

So close to Grant Park, restaurants and drinks!

Delora R., from 07-Nov-2023
"Shopping!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Shopping!

Kati K., from 06-Nov-2023
"Wonderful city full of arts, sports, parks, shopping, dining!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Chicago is a wonderful city-full of wonderful people, arts, sports, parks, shopping and restaurants. I highly recommend visiting this wonderful city!

Stephanie W., from 05-Nov-2023
"Hot Chocolate Run & Navy Pier"
Score 5.0 / 5

We were there for the Hot Chocolate Run. Just visited Navy Pier.

Sarah P., from 05-Nov-2023
"Beautiful City"
Score 4.0 / 5

Chicago is a beautiful city. I love the architecture and views from any of the downtown locations.

Kristi P., from 31-Oct-2023
"Amazing!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Looking at all the buildings was amazing.

Tonwa D., from 31-Oct-2023
"Chicago Has It All!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Chicago has it all! An excellent place for business with great food, entertainment, architecture and shopping too!

John M., from 30-Oct-2023
"Good Nightlife!"
Score 4.0 / 5

It's got a good vibe and nightlife.

Daniel S., from 28-Oct-2023
"Much to See!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Many different things to see!

Craig M., from 19-Oct-2023
"Great Food!"
Score 5.0 / 5

We enjoyed the great food Chicago had to offer!

Dionna S., from 19-Oct-2023
"Amazing Atmosphere!"
Score 4.0 / 5

We loved Chicago! Very nice city! The atmosphere was amazing!

Joao M., from 17-Oct-2023
"Vibrant & Lively City"
Score 5.0 / 5

Vibrant and lively city.

Eddy K., from 15-Oct-2023
"The architecture around the hotel!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The architecture around the hotel!

Hugo S., from 14-Oct-2023
"Great Race Weekend!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The city did a great job with the logistics of the race weekend. security, clean up, traffic flow, crowd support. Amazing job!!

Kara G., from 12-Oct-2023
"The Art Museum, Lincoln Park, Damien, Navy Pier walk."
Score 5.0 / 5

Good food at restaurants, beautiful sights, skyline and architecture! The Art Museum, Lincoln Park, Damien, Navy Pier walk.

Janet M., from 11-Oct-2023
The average traveler rating of the city of Chicago, IL shown above is 4.6 out of 5 based on 100 reviews
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