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Chicago City and Culture
Places to visit in Chicago
Chicago is a city full of cultural diversity. If you’re looking for the ultimate cultural experience check out these neighborhoods.
Chinatown – Located near the South Side of Chicago on Wentworth Avenue and Cermak Road, it is a great place to enjoy some delicious Chinese cuisine and purchase traditional Chinese clothing. Chinatown is the host of the Chinese Lunar New Year parade with marching bands and colorful floats. In July, the community hosts a summer concert series with traditional Chinese music and a fair.
Greektown – Located between Van Buren and Madison Streets, west of the Loop. Visitors can choose from a variety of bakeshops and restaurants. If you want to learn more about Greek culture, check out the National Hellenic Museum on 801 West Adams Street, which features textile exhibits and an oral history center. If you’re visiting in August, check out the Taste of Greece Festival to sample cuisine from local restaurants.
Little Italy – Located along Taylor Street on the near West Side, next to the University of Illinois Chicago campus. Your visit to Little Italy won’t be complete without trying a neighborhood favorite – Italian Beef or a refreshing Italian Ice. If you love sports, be sure to check out the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and Joe DiMaggio Plaza.
Pilsen and Little Village – Located on the Lower West Side of Chicago, you’ll be able to experience Mexican culture and cuisine in these neighborhoods. You’ll be able to enjoy some delicious food, visit art galleries and shop. If you’re visiting in September, keep an eye out for Little Village’s annual Mexican Independence Day festival.
Avondale – Located in the Northwest side of Chicago along Belmont and Milwaukee Avenue. It is home to one of the largest Polish population outside of Poland. Visit the Polish Museum of America to learn about Polish culture. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience Polish food, culture and customs.
And don’t forget the Essex Inn, for free extras and a great value on a place to stay
Free rooftop pool, with a great view of Grant Park
Free fitness center with treadmills, lifecycles, elliptical machines, weight machines and free-weights
Free shuttle around downtown, ask at reception for schedule and availability
Free wireless internet
Panoramic views from our rooftop garden overlooking the parks and Lake Michigan
Essex Inn is the downtown Chicago Hotel for attractions and events
The Essex Inn is one of the best value Chicago Hotels. We offer excellent accommodations at fantastic prices and free extras to make your stay special. And we don't cut corners on comfort or location.
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue, with Chicago's finest attractions within walking distance, we have comfortable rooms, hotel suites and family rooms overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan. Our free pool, fitness center and rooftop garden, free shuttle and reasonably priced parking all make for a better Chicago vacation or business trip.
We offer Chicago hotel deals and packages for all interests and budget, so when you're planning your next trip to Chicago, check out The Essex Inn's hotel specials and vacation packages. Whether you want to see a game at Soldier Field, shop the Magnificent Mile, soak up culture at the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, attend an event, go to a Broadway In Chicago show, or attend a convention at McCormick Place we'll have the Chicago hotel deal for you.