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Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or just need a place to stay while you’re in town, there are many unique hotels in Chicago. We’ve got your guide to the best of the best. From upscale interiors to one-of-a-kind settings, you’ll be blown away by these places to stay in the city. Keep scrolling to learn more.

Have you ever been to one of these unique hotels in Chicago? And if not, which one are you most excited to spend the night (or a few) at? Share your experiences with us! And while you’re in the city, be sure to experience some of our iconic eats! If you’ve got a hankering for meat, check out our list of the best places to order Italian beef sandwiches in Chicago. Or perhaps you have more of a sweet tooth. Then, you’ll want to take a look at our list of the best bakeries in Chicago where there are so many amazing options! So, many in fact that for Chicago cupcakes alone we had to make a separate list!

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Exploring Chicago

Does Chicago have any unique museums to visit? 

Curious minds will absolutely love exploring the strange museums in Chicago. There is a Museum of Surgery that will amaze those with academic (or macabre) minds. Open since 1954, this fascinating space offers over 10,000 square feet of galleries designed to educate visitors about the history of surgical arts. While fascinating, this one definitely isn't for the faint of heart! Another fun Chicago museum for those with money on their minds is the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Funnily enough, the money museum is absolutely free and here you can see one million dollars both in twenty-dollar bills and one-dollar bills! There are tons of exhibits on the history of cash and coin and when you leave, you can even take a bag of shredded money with you.

What are the most fun things to do for free in Chicago? 

The windy city is such a fun place to discover and you'll be happy to know that while a lot of the things to do here cost money, there are some fun and free things to do in Chicago that will lighten the load on your wallet. Usually a pricey adventure, the zoo in Chicago is totally free and the Lincoln Park Zoo is a fantastic place to visit for the whole family. The Chicago Chapel is another destination that you will have a hard time believing is free. An absolute treat for the eyes and ears, the stained glass alone in this massive chapel is enough to blow your mind. As we mentioned above, the Money Museum is free, but for a more traditional and still free museum experience, there is also the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, and the Smart Museum of Art.

Which restaurants in Chicago are the most unique? 

Creative dining is something the Second City prides itself on, so if you are searching for unique restaurants in Chicago, there are a mind-boggling number of choices to choose from. Some of our favorites include the spy-themed restaurant Safe House, where the food lives up to the wacky decor, Carnivale, which serves up Brazilian dishes in an incredibly colorful environment, and of course, the Bedford, an underground restaurant inspired by old-world glamour (you'll dine near a massive bank vault door!) You'll also likely love a meal at the creatively designed Frontier restaurant where the menu features lots of wild game and the interior has some hunting lodge-inspired decor. Or, maybe dining in an old train car is your idea of fun? If so, the Silver Palm will be right up your alley.