Chicago is magnificently unique amongst American cities. It may not get the attention of New York or Los Angeles, but in many ways, its history and character exemplify the history of the whole country. The historic Whitehall Hotel, an independent boutique property, stands nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast, just moments away from Chicago's most iconic attractions.

Lincoln Square has some of the city's best shopping, terrific restaurants and bars, as well as Italianate, Queen Anne, and Romanesque homes, some of which are survivors of the Chicago Fire.

The Near South is the home of the Museum Campus, with three world-class natural science museums on the lakefront; Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears; McCormick Place, the city's convention center, Prairie Avenue, Printer's Row, and the condo towers of the South Loop. There are also some historic jazz and blues landmarks in the area. Just south is Old Town, home of Chicago's two most celebrated theaters, Steppenwolf and Second City.

Bronzeville was the site of Chicago's version of the Harlem Renaissance, and was home to many famous African-Americans, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Coleman, Ida B. Wells and Andrew Foster.

Near Old Town, on what's often referred to as the Gold Coast, the most expensive houses in Chicago including the 1892 Charnley House and some interesting Art Deco homes like Holabird & Root's design at 1444 N. Astor St.

The Old Town Triangle District features beautiful cottages and row houses dating back to the 1880s. The neighborhood's spiritual center is St. Mike's Church, one of only six structures to survive the Chicago Fire.

One of Logan Square's most celebrated features is Logan Boulevard itself, where mansions rub shoulders with dive bars and cheap rock venues.

Hyde Park is one of Chicago's most famous neighborhoods, having acted as the setting for Richard Wright's Native Son, and the former home to residents from Saul Bellow to Clarence Darrow and Muhammad Ali.

The Chicago-style hot dog, the deep dish pizza, and the blues were all born on the Near West Side. The Chicago Bulls plays on without Michael Jordan at the United Center. Little Italy and Greektown speak for themselves, with quality food and touristy charm, and the West Loop (sometimes known as the Warehouse District) features the city's most expensive restaurants, a thriving gallery scene, and several hot clubs-of-the-moment.

Bridgeport is where old South Side Irish meets old Chinese immigrant community, with an incomparable effect. Chatham-South Shore, at the heart of Chicago's South Side, is home to the real Chicago blues, BBQ, and even one of the city's best and least known beaches, Rainbow Beach.

The Far Northwest Side is home to sausage shops, old-style Italian restaurants, the largest population of Polish people of any city in the world save Warsaw, the Pullman Historic District, and two classic movie palaces, the Abbey Pub and the Prop Theater, respectively.