Looking for the right time to visit New York City, but hoping to skip the typical Big Apple tourist scene in favor of a more local experience? The Governors Ball Music Festival is right around the corner, and might have exactly what you're looking for.
Started by local music lovers eight years ago, it features 60-plus artists of all genres, plus a selection of the best eats in town, street artists from around the city, interactive games and activities and more. What better way to experience the music, art and culture at the heart of NYC?
Thankfully, there are plenty of regular, relatively inexpensive flights between Chicago and New York City. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked for the occasion. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Flight deals to New York City
Currently, the cheapest flights between Chicago and New York City are if you leave on May 31 and return from New York on June 4. Spirit Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $156.
There are also deals to be had earlier in May. If you fly out of Chicago on May 30 and return from New York City on June 3, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $157 roundtrip.
Top New York City hotels
To plan your accommodations, here are some of New York City’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.
The Standard, High Line (848 Washington St.)
If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Standard, High Line. The hotel has a 4.4-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $275.
All 338 rooms have ground-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views that include the Hudson River, the High Line or the city skyline. It is within close proximity to the west side highway, Javits Center, SoHo and the Financial District.
The Dream Downtown (355 W. 16th St.)
There's also the 4.5-star rated The Dream Downtown. Rooms are currently set at $204/night.
It's stuated between the thriving Meatpacking District and Chelsea.
Ace Hotel New York (20 W. 29th St.)
If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, try Ace Hotel New York. The 4.3-star hotel has rooms for $84/night. It's within walking distance of many popular destinations like Times Square, the Empire State Building, Macy's and the Broadway theaters. And it's close to the old Tin Pan Alley.
Top picks for dining and drinking
New York City has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.
Levain Bakery (167 W. 74th St.)
Let's start with the essentials: where to satisfy your sweet tooth. For a popular option, check out Levain Bakery, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of 42 reviews on Skyscanner. The menu includes an inventive array of rustic breads and other creative takes on traditional baked goods and cookies.
The Meatball Shop (84 Stanton St.)
One of New York City's most popular restaurants is The Meatball Shop, with 4.6 stars from 49 reviews.
"It was the best meatballs I have ever had," wrote reviewer ABelle.
Red Rooster (310 Lenox Ave.)
Also worth considering is Red Rooster.
The menu reflects the roots of American cuisine while celebrating local farmers and artisanal food makers. The Red Rooster features a takeout market, bar and restaurant.
"The attention to detail in every part of this dining experience really made it a standout that we'll remember," wrote John349.
Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring St.)
Finally, there's Dominique Ansel Bakery.
"A visit to New York meant that we had to visit the bakery that started the cronut craze," wrote Trina. "Their cronut flavors rotate monthly and they never feature the same flavor twice."
Featured local attractions
Not sure what to do in New York City, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St.)
First up is The Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The park is located beside the Brooklyn bridge and offers an amazing view of the entire city. It is a great place for a tourist to stop and take a quick lunch break while absorbing the skyline of Manhattan. It is a highly recommended spot to watch the sun go down over the city.
"The walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, whether you're walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan or vice versa, is one of the most iconic walks New York City has to offer," wrote visitor Gary.
The High Line Park
Then, there's The High Line Park.
This re-purposing of the old railroad line running through the Meatpacking District of Manhattan has become an outdoor favorite for locals and tourists alike. With wood-planked floors and landscaping, the High Line is a great place to escape the craziness of the city and enjoy a few quiet moments.
"The most fun place I have found to walk in the city yet," wrote visitor Lars. "Starting in spring they offered great tours. Every time I go there are even more things blooming. The views are amazing and ever-changing. There is a lot of great art along the high line to enjoy and photo ops are endless."
The Statue of Liberty
Lastly, spend some time at The Statue of Liberty.
A symbol of the country's possibilities, the Statue of Liberty National Monument includes nearby Ellis Island, where many European immigrants started on their journey of becoming Americans.
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