Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois, it's also one of the major financial centers of the USA.
It's also called the "Wind City" or "City of Winds"...
It's a great place to visit and get a taste of intense American metropolitan life. It's an arousing mega city to see art, enjoy restaurants or just wander the streets...
Traces of the past can be seen in Chicago's architecture, there's also a strong heavy industrial feel to the city, if you check out the infrastructure (bridges, passages, heavy iron pillars...). This is one of those few places in the US, where you can thoroughly examine old architecture from the beginning of the 20th century.
The "City of Winds" is an elegant city in the Great Lakes area, one that has earned a reputation almost as notorious as New York City.
A Chicago last minute escape will be an enjoyable urban exploration by binding together dining, attending cultural events and exploring the architectural masterpieces of the "City of Winds".
Population: 2,7 million (in 2010) in City; 9,46 million (in 2010) in metropolitan area
Local language(s): English
Other widely spoken or understood languages: -
Country, State: USA, Illinois
Voltage info: 110/120 V, 60 Hz - Plug type: A, B
Time zine: EST (UTC-6)
Getting There & Away
O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport are the two aerial hubs connecting Chicago with the rest of America and the World.
It would be senseless to enumerate all airlines flying to O'Hare, it's a huge airport. Check its official website!
If you're looking for low cost flights, then note that AirTran and Southwest Airlines serve Midway Airport.
I-55, I-90/94 are the main expressways that connect Chicago.
Take Greyhound, rent a car or drive your own vehicle, if you like to have more control over your travels. The best way to reach Chicago is by plane, though...
Chicago is one of the most well-connected to Amtrak's lines. Check Amtrak for train tickets to and from Chicago.
See & Do
It's the core of Chicago. And probably the most exciting place to visit. It's a boasting rich part of the mega city. Skyscrapers, fine shops and restaurants. It's also ideal for buying souvenirs.
This part of the city is famous for its entertainment hotspots.
What they call "South Side" is an appealing, ethnically diverse part of the city, where the Black Metropolis, Hyde Park (not the one from London!), Chinatown are all situated.
Another part of the city with several ethnic neighbourhoods.
Iconic to Chicago. The legendary theater... You can see its logo in movies, commercials and posters. Tickets for shows aren't cheap, buy hey, it's not any kind of theater! Even if you're not a fan of the genre, you have to see the facade of the building! It is to Chicago what Moulin Rouge is to Paris!
Art Institute of Chicago
Located in downtown Chicago, it's a museum which holds ancient and modern art objects, from vases to sculptures. For those who you who like art in general...
Oriental Institute Museum
Holds primarily Egyptian artifacts, not Asian items! The name "oriental" confuses most travelers.
Museum of Science and Industry
A museum dedicated to science and industry, which takes you through the most important moments in technical history. Interesting for kids and young adults...
Public park situated in the Loop community area of the city, right in the center. A fun location for urban leisure activities...
Renowned planetarium for astronomy fans. They even have a 3D projection system. Those who are fans of space or who have never been to a planetarium will enjoy it...
John G. Shedd Aquarium
It's a great place to see colourful life forms living under water.
Apart from admiring it from the shore, you can also take fun boat tours. Chicago's skyline looks best from this great lake and a good way the get a glimpse it is to take a boat trip.
Willis Tower (formerly, Sears Tower)
The highest building in the Western Hemisphere (as of 2012), it was the tallest in the World between 1973 and 1998, surpassed by the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.
Jazz and Blues
Check for the "jazz track", look up historic clubs for jazz and blues in Chicago, if you feel attracted by the genre...
Eat & Drink
Just about anything can be found in Chicago.
One thing you have to try out is the so-called "Chicago deep dish pizza". The "Wind City" has a wide variety of pizza menus. You might get lost chasing the right one to eat!
But, due to the fact that it has a large latino population, substantial Italian population, you will find yourself surrounded with restaurants selling their specific specialties: latino and italian cuisine is strongly represented.
Chicago's "L" or "EL" is the local rapid transit rail system. It resembles a subway. You might have seen it in Hollywood movies with its typical silver-coloured cars.
Buses and ships are also popular. If you're a tourist, you have to try out the boat trips!
When to Visit Chicago at Last Minute?
The high season for visiting Chicago is April through December.
Less people travel in January and March, so there are more available places in hotels for lower rates. But it can be freezing and windy during this period.
You'll find late deals for Chicago just about any time. It's a huge city, wide selection of hotels and flights is available all the time. But, just to give you another friendly tip: August, September and October bring more last minute deals than other months.
Chicago is still dangerous at night. Theft, violent crime and various other risks are among the highest in the USA's big cities.
Chicago si also a cold city, storms, plenty of rain is possible, especially during the cold months.
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