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  1. Windy City high

    A view of the Chicago skyline with Lake Michigan in the background from atop the Sears Tower Skydeck observation tower. Completed in 1973, the Sears Tower is the tallest building in the U.S. and a popular location for tourists. (Tim Boyle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Artsy avenue

    Two lions guard the entrance to The Art Institute of Chicago along Michigan Avenue. The institute was founded in 1879 as both a museum and school. (Jeff Haynes / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Rinse and spit

    Austin Hilsmier, then 3, from Chicago, looks back at his mom as he plays in Crown Fountain at Millennium Park. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Monumental view

    Visitors to Chicago's Millennium Park pass by the Millennium Monument. (M. Spencer Green / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A cloud's reflection

    Tourists gather under Anish Kapoor's "Cloud Gate" sculpture in Millennium Park. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Running the shore

    A man jogs along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Great day for a stroll

    A woman pushes a baby buggy through a small playground nestled in downtown Chicago's Grant Park. (M. Spencer Green / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bonding time

    A male trumpeter swan at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo takes his newly hatched offspring into the swan pond for a swim. (Greg Neise / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Botanic Garden

    The Chicago Botanic Garden features 23 beautiful gardens and three native habitats set on 385 acres of rolling hills and tranquil lakes. The garden is open year-round. (CNSCVB.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Aquamarine awe

    Visitors check out the three-million gallon Oceanarium exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium. The Oceanarium is the largest indoor marine mammal facility in the world and one of the few aquariums in North America to display Pacific white-sided dolphins and beluga whales. Cutting edge innovations introduced by the Shedd over the years has helped change the experience for visitors at aquariums around the country. (Nam Y. Huh / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Preserving history

    The Evanston Historical Society, at the Charles Gates Dawes House in Evanston, Illinois. The chateauesque mansion of former U.S. vice-president Charles Gates Dawes, is three-and-a- half stories, has 25 rooms, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 11 fireplaces. This national historic landmark's exhibits focus on Evanston history. (CNSCVB.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Academic aerial

    Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. Founded in 1851, this renowned educational institution is rich in history and architecture. (CNSCVB.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Cycling heaven

    Two cyclists pedal along Lake Michigan in Chicago, during the early morning hours. Chicago has earned the reputation as a bike friendly city. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 12/19/2007 1:57:35 PM ET 2007-12-19T18:57:35

Book by:ASAP

Travel by:Various through early January 2008

The deal
Headed to Chicago and looking for a place to stay? Look no further. We found plenty of bargains in this Midwestern metropolis, valid for stays at centrally located properties through early January. Rates now start at just $89 for a three-star overnight a hop and a skip from the Magnificent Mile.

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for $99 a night
Housed in a 1920s edifice, this landmark hotel sits a stone’s throw from the lakefront, along the Magnificent Mile. Despite the recent multimillion facelift, vintage charm still abounds here. Fodor’s writes, “Rose moiré wallpaper lines the hallways, and exuberant floral bedspreads combine with gold- and cream-striped pillows for a rich, colorful decor.” Regular nightly rates run north of $300 but you can get away with a steal if you book through Orbitz. Rooms sell from $99/night!

Stay central at Affinia Chicago for $108 a night
This 29-story property is just minutes from the Magnificent Mile. Gayot.com writes, “Formerly all suites, the hotel now offers a combination of executive rooms, suites and a 29th floor penthouse with amazing views and private use of the rooftop swimming pool. One of the most unique features is the canopy beds with pillowtop mattresses, which grace each accommodation. Décor is tasteful and residential in style ...” Rack rates run upward of $350 but you can now stay here for just $108.

Cheap sojourn at Inn of Chicago for $89 a night
At this excellently located hotel, rooms come with cherry-wood furniture and skyline vistas. The high-rise features two restaurants, a bar, and an open-air rooftop terrace, with a fitness center. But the location is what makes this a favorite midrange overnight. It’s located half-a-block from the Magnificent Mile and two blocks from Rush Street restaurants and nightlife. Combine all of the above with the low rate we found on Expedia — just $89/night — and you’ll be booking your Chicago sojourn in no time!

The dollars
See nightly rates above, based on double occupancy.

The catch
Winters are freezing in the Windy City so pack accordingly.

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