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Chicago Travel Information

Not many cities in the world can match the class, grandeur, and liveliness that Chicago exudes. Breathtaking skyscrapers, lush green parks, museums and galleries, and lustrous beaches make the ‘Windy City’ a place to be and cherish for long. Even if you have walked along the Michigan Avenue or visited the Museum Campus, there are several other attractions in the city that demand your attention.

Places to Visit in Chicago

It’s not for nothing that Chicago attracts over 40 million visitors from across the world every year. Out of all the spectacular tourist destinations it offers, here are some of the attractions you cannot afford to miss.

Navy Pier – This dock is perhaps the most visited tourist attraction. There is an IMAX theater, a 150-ft-high Ferris Wheel, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Smith Museum, and a beer garden to keep you busy.

The Millennium Park – A sliver band shell, which is a 120-ft outdoor gallery, at the Millennium Park has achieved an iconic status in the city. The Park also comprises the magnificent Crown Fountain of Jaume Plensa, the BP Bridge, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – a skaters’ paradise.

Art Institute of Chicago – The second largest art museum in the US is where the artistic masterpieces and treasures from around the world are on display. It has a fine collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.
Field Museum of Natural History – You travel thousands of years back in time when you visit this museum. Replicas, models, and remains of the creatures and objects from the prehistoric times are stored here. It houses the skeleton of a mammoth Sue – the largest Tyrannosaurus rex discovered till date – stuffed apes, bushmen, gemstones, mummies, and beetles to go with others.

Willis Tower – The tower that earned a worldwide fame for its height as the ‘Sears Tower’ came to be known as ‘Willis Tower’ from 2009 onwards after the naming rights of this humungous structure were bought by the Willis Group Holdings, an insurance broker company. With 110 stories, it is the tallest building in the US and the crown of the Chicago skyline. A glass-floored sky deck at the 103rd floor offers visitors a thrilling experience.

Things to Do in Chicago

When at the Navy Pier, you can indulge in a number of fun activities and make the most of your visit to Chicago. The lakefront view at the Pier is charming. During summer, the fireworks displays on Wednesdays and Saturdays are a spectacular sight. You can also embark on cruises provided by the local operators.

Visit the John G. Shedd Aquarium to see sharks, whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea-otters, and Wild Reefs from a very close range.

Moreover, spending time at the Lincoln Park Zoo or watching a baseball match at the Wrigley Field must find a place in your bucket list.

The third largest city in the US, Chicago has a large number of hotels of all categories. The high-end travelers can settle for Trump International Hotel & Tower, Four Seasons, The Langham Chicago, Ritz Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, Park Hyatt Chicago or JW Marriott. The mid-range visitors can try Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Tower, Hyatt Regency, The White Hall Hotel, The Palmer House Hilton, and The Drake. Those who are in search of pocket-friendly accommodation, can check-in at the Best Western Grant Park Hotel, Central Loop Hotel, and Aloft Chicago City Center.

Restaurants in Chicago

Although Chicago is home to over 7,000 restaurants, there are some top picks. If you want to have the best of American cuisine, you must land at Alinea, Longman & Eagle, Ruxbin, Irazu, or Sweet Maple Cafe. The Crisp restaurant serves authentic Asian cuisine and Andy’s Thai Kitchen specializes in Thai cuisines. Get a table at Hopleaf and enjoy the European food. Billy Goat Tavern and Kuma’s Corner are ideal for burger lovers. The city can also offer you the best hot dog in the entire country.

Where is Chicago?

Chicago is situated on the Southwestern coast of Lake Michigan and is the largest city in Illinois state, USA.

Best Time to Visit Chicago

The city witnesses warm to hot weather throughout the year. However, it remains quite pleasant from October to February.

How to Reach Chicago?

By Air – The O’Hare International Airport is the main airport serving the City of Chicago. It is around 17.6 miles from Downtown Chicago and requires a half an-hour drive to reach there.

By Train – The Chicago Union Station is located in the heart of the city and it is the only intercity railway station in city. It is well connected with other parts of the city.

By Road – Four auxiliary and seven mainline interstate express highways run through Chicago that connect the city to its suburbs and the neighboring state of Indiana.

Facts About Chicago

  • The United States government incorporated Chicago as a city in 1837.
  • Chicago is situated 578 meters above sea level.
  • Chicago is home to over 200 theaters and around 200 art gallerias.
  • There are over 7,300 restaurants and eateries in the city.
  • Every year, the city is frequented by more than 40 million visitors.
  • The US President Barack Obama used to teach Constitutional Law at University of Chicago Law School.

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Published On: Monday, September 21st, 2015

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