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CHICAGO TOURISM

Between business and vacation travelers, Chicago hosts more than 40 million visitors every year. It is the eighth most popular destination spot in the United States for overseas travelers and total travel expenditures generate over $10 billion annually for the city. People from around the world choose Chicago for its excellent entertainment, dining, shopping, theater and festivals. With new luxury hotels and resorts constantly being built in the city, the quality of life for Chicagoís tourists just keeps getting better.

With more than 170 hotels to choose from and over 30,000 rooms available, Chicago is more than accommodating for out-of-towners. AAA, 5-Star and 5-Diamond hotels line the avenues, including the Four Seasons, The Peninsula Chicago, the Ritz Carlton and many others. Rising high above the shops, restaurants, theatres and nightlife, these towers of comfort and relaxation are well known and appreciated by seasoned travelers. Many Chicago hotels have swimming pools (some are rooftop, affording incredible views of the city skyline), fitness centers, spas and facial treatment rooms, and other amenities that help guests unwind after a busy day of touring the city. In addition to world-class, high-profile hotels are a number of mid-range inns that cater to visitors on a budget.

Maybe you want to escape from the city excitement and play some golf, tennis or just relax by the pool. Chicagoland has many resorts to choose from as well; Oak Brook Hills, Doral Eaglewood, Indian Lakes and many other options are available. Each resort offers beautiful golf courses, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and all the extras that make a week away as relaxing and rewarding as possible.

Whether you are traveling for business, romance or family fun, there is bound to be a place in Chicago thatís right for you. With so many options and so many things to do, it is only a matter of picking your favorite activities. If you decide you want to be downtown, skyscraping landmark buildings can offer you a room above the fray. If you want to be on the lakeshore, perhaps a room with a view of Lake Michigan is better. Most hotels can assist you with exciting city tours or other immersion activities to make sure you donít miss a thing.