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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 1/30/2009 9:58:50 AM ET 2009-01-30T14:58:50

Thanks to these hotel packages, you can stay in the Windy City and get perks like free parking, museum tickets, and dinner gift certificates.

The Majestic, from $100 a night
The Catch a Break package includes accommodations and breakfast daily at a discounted rate — 20 percent off if you spend one night, 25 percent off for two nights, and 30 percent off for three-night stays (the discount comes off the total cost of your reservation). The 52-room Majestic is near Wrigley Field and offers standard amenities, plus an afternoon cookies-and-coffee service and free Wi-Fi.

Room rates are $100 per room for a one-night stay (20 percent off the $125 nightly rate), $188 for a two-night stay and $263 for a three-night stay. This deal is also available at slightly higher rates at two other Chicago hotels: The Willows and City Suites.

When:Through March 31.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Rates based on Sunday through Thursday bookings; weekends will be about 20 percent higher.

Contact: 800/727-5108, cityinns.com/majestic.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, from $189 a night
The Auto Show package includes accommodations, parking, and shuttle service to the Magnificent Mile and to Chicago's Museum Campus, a lakeside area whose attractions include the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. The Auto Show runs from Feb. 13 to 22 and is the nation's largest. Tickets aren't included in the package, but you can buy them for $10 each online. Package rates start at $189 per room per night — about $10 less than the typical nightly rate.

When: Through Feb. 28.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Does not include breakfast.

Contact: 312/567-1234, mccormickplace.hyatt.com.

InterContinental Chicago, from $209 a night
The InterContinental hotel is offering a few packages for the spring. We like the Presidential Perks package, which includes accommodations, breakfast daily, two tickets to the McCormick Freedom Museum and valet parking (a $50 value). The hotel has a three-level fitness club and an indoor pool decorated in 1920s-style glamour. You'll be close to the shopping on the Magnificent Mile and near the Merchandise Mart, a huge showroom space where you can see designer home goods. Rates start at $209 per room per night.

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When: Through Mar. 31, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/628-2112, iccchicagohotel.com.

The James, from $219 a night
The Drive to the James package at this stylish hotel near Magnificent Mile includes accommodations, parking and a $50 gift certificate to David Burke’s Primehouse. The package was designed for people living near Chicago — in cities such as Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Detroit — but anyone driving in is welcome.

The James offers standard amenities, free Wi-Fi and several other packages. Rates start at $219 per room per night.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 877/526-3755, jameshotels.com.

If you're simply looking for a great rate, don't forget about hotels.com. The site has 413 properties in Chicago to search. When we recently clicked on the "Chicago" tab, there was a $33 per room per night rate at the Super 8 Motel in East Hazel Crest, a suburb 26 miles south of Chicago proper. Hotels.com also has an impressive rewards program, which we blogged about this summer.

Another resource: The city of Chicago recently launched a new official tourism site, with new deals to check out.

Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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