Holiday Inn Chicago - Mart PlazaHoliday Inn Chicago - Mart Plaza
350 W. Mart Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60654

Welcome to Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza! Downtown Chicago hotel offering the best view of Chicago. River North, the Loop, Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, the Merchandise Mart; the landmarks that draw millions to Downtown Chicago each year are right outside the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza Hotel. Stroll to countless restaurants and shops in the Chicago's River North area...more


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Chicago, Illinois, is a thriving metropolis located in the upper Midwest of the United States. It is located along the southern edge of Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois. Other important waterways associated with this city are the Chicago River, the Chicago Portage and the Calumet River. The Chicago Portage is particularly important because of the role it played in establishing Chicago as a major city. The Portage connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and was once quite vital in creating a strong economy here.

Chicago is home to 2.7 million people with 9.8 million people living in the general metropolitan area. It is the third largest city in the United States, preceded only by New York City and Los Angeles, California. In addition, it is a busy town for trade and commerce, with the Chicago O'Hare Airport being the second busiest airport in the world. Chicago is often referred to as the Windy City or Chi-town.

The city's climate is a continental one that boasts the beauty of four distinct seasons. Winters can be quite cold with weather systems and snow systems coming off Lake Michigan. Summers are warm and humid with the average temperature being 84 degrees.

Native Americans originally inhabited the Chicago area. The land was eventually ceded over in several treaties. The town was formally organized in 1833. Chicago was first particularly known for its manufacturing and meatpacking, which helped to solidify its economy.

The well-known Great Chicago Fire occurred in 1871, completely burning down an area of the city measuring four miles long by one mile wide. The fire actually shaped the city quite a bit since most of the buildings that were burned down were made from wood. After the fire, the city began turning to modern building implements such as steel and became known for their historic buildings. In fact, the first modern skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885. Today, the city is known for two of the tallest buildings in the United States, the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

Another pivotal time in this city's history was during the early twentieth century. In the 1920s, Al Capone and other gangsters roamed the streets during Prohibition. This was also the time that gave rise to jazz in Chicago with the influx of African Americans and their distinctive music. Today, Chicago is a culturally diverse metropolis.