Chicago has so much to offer travelers that it is often difficult to know where to start. The iconic home of the skyscraper and its own unmistakable jazz and blues traditions make it a must-see destination for any backpacker making their way around the US.
With its huge Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, this exciting museum is also home to a range of rare Egyptian artifacts.
A huge indoor aquarium featuring more than 8,000 different marine species including whales, dolphins and sharks.
The city's iconic basketball team's games are some of the most exciting in the National Basketball Association league and justify a late night out from your Chicago hostels.
Chicago Art Institute
One of the most renowned international galleries in the country, it includes one of the largest collections of Monet to be found anywhere in the world. No-one staying in Chicago hostels should miss a visit here!
One of the city's largest summer festivals takes place in Highland Park and offers a huge variety of performances, from blues to contemporary pop acts.
A huge selection of exotic animals are spread across this massive 216 acre zoo. In contrast to many modern zoos, however, Brokerfield is renowned for its natural environments and living conditions.
In a city that is so renowned for its architecture, a tour of its high-rise buildings will really put even the most exciting Chicago hostels in their place and is a must-do activity for visiting travelers.
One of the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art planetariums to be found in the country, its historical and contemporary exhibitions will see visitors unable to drag themselves away.
Chicago Botanic Garden
Unlike many other botanical gardens in the world, the variety on offer in Chicago's leafy green space in the small suburb of Glencoe includes an innovative ‘enabling garden’ which shows how horticulture can be adapted for disabilities.
Museum of Science and Industry
Another one of Chicago's stunning must-sees, it boasts more than 2,000 different interactive displays including a World War II German submarine.
Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for Hostelbookers. Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of U. S. A, he checked out a variety of the country's budget accommodation, including a number of most Chicago Hostels