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We always recommend the Loop as the best place to stay in Chicago. Why? Because it’s close to nearly every CTA El line, it’s a quick walk to the best museums in Chicago, the Willis Tower is there, the river provides easy access to great boat tours, and gorgeous inner-city green spaces like Millennium Park and Grant Park are nearby. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, too, but for the trendiest of the city’s eateries, head to River North or the West Loop. Luckily, those neighborhoods are just a couple of El stops or a short bus ride away. Make sure you take advantage of the best of the city by booking one of the best hotels in downtown Chicago.
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