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Chicago is an amazing place to travel, because it is the perfect combination of a relaxing beach holiday and at the same time rave nightlife. In summer, people spend days playing beach volleyball, and then go on an excursion to the brewery or to the jazz club in the evening. In winter, Chicago skates and goes shopping during the day, and in the evening go to musicals or dinners with a glass of excellent wine. The possibilities for recreation are endless in Chicago, and there is always something new that you have not seen, no matter how many times you come.

Chicago Airports

There are two international airports in the city, one of which accepts flights from all over the world, and the second only serves North and South American content.

Chicago Midway Airport, MDW

The airport is 13 km from the city. Mostly domestic flights land here. But also flies come from Canada and Mexico.

O’Hara International Airport, ORD

Almost all international flights arrive here. O'Hara is 27 km from the city center. The airport is very busy, so sometimes there are delays or cancellations of flights. According to official statistics, O'Hara is considered the most non-punctual airport in the United States. Just in case, tourists are advised to periodically check the status of their flights in order to find out about the changes in time. In general, it is a modern and American-style comfortable airport. There is even a yoga room, where on the big screen they broadcast different poses for those who urgently needed to stretch themselves.

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How to get from the airport to the city center

The fastest and easiest way to get to the center is by train. The station is located on the ground floor of Terminal 2. A ticket costs only $ 2.45. The trip takes 45 minutes.

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You can also catch a bus. The station is located on the 1st floor parking lot near the elevator zone. But mostly bus routes go to the suburbs or other cities through Chicago, so they are not of particular interest to tourists.

 

If you want comfort, you can take a taxi. Cars stand at the exit from the arrivals area of ​​all terminals. The trip will take up to an hour depending on the destination and traffic jams. The cost is about $ 45.

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Quick facts about Chicago

Car rent

from $ 20 per day

Hotel booking

from $ 25 per night

Currency

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Reference average prices in Chicago

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$ 15

🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

$ 60

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

$ 5

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

$ 2,5

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

$ 1836

Best time to visit Chicago

Best season to travel: May to June and September
Prices
Hotel from $25
Temperature
The average temperature during the year ranges from -10°C to 30°C
Precipitation
The average rainfall per year is 940 mm

Weather

The most comfortable time to visit Chicago is the end of spring and the beginning of autumn. In the remaining months, there is either severe frost or extreme heat. And you need to be prepared for this.

What to do in Chicago

Chicago is a city with a long history. Here lives jazz, and gangsters, and musicals, and the first skyscraper ... This richness of events left its mark on the city, which is very interesting to learn.

 

At the same time, Chicago, with its rhythm and attitude to life, is most suitable for travelers who want to not only run from one attraction to another, but just want to get a buzz from the atmosphere of the city to light blues rhythms.

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Millennium Park

If this is your first time in Chicago, first go see the main tourist attraction Millennium Park. There is the most famous work of public art in the city Cloud Gate (aka "Bob"). The desire to be photographed in the reflection of “Bob” has been attracting local residents and tourists since 2006.

 

But there is still something to see in the park. For example, the fountain which shows the faces of 1000 Chicagoans in the stream of water. And in front of the Chicago Art Institute you can take a couple of selfies with lions. The rest of the day can be spent looking at one of the most impressive art collections in the world right at the institute.

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Chicago River Cruise

The best views of Chicago open from the water. There are different tours on ships. Some will tell you more about the history of the city, others will focus on the rich architectural heritage of Chicago. Or you can just board a ship without any guides and calmly watch the sights around. Especially recommend this attraction at night.

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Chicago Broadway

Chicago is famous for its strong theater school that grows true stars. The local Broadway put the most modern productions. Often experimental and even provocative. But there are enough theatrical “blockbusters,” which have been touring the USA with great success for many years.

 

In addition, Chicago is a city that loves to laugh. The genre of improvisational comedy was invented in Chicago actually. Be sure to go to the stand-up in one of the local clubs on the stages of which Tina Fey and Steve Carell once began their careers.

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Willis Tower

If you are not afraid of heights, then go straight to Willis Tower. Climb to the 104th floor and exit to the fully glass balcony. Here you can not only see the city from above, but also feel yourself hanging in the air without any insurance.

 

By the way, before visiting it is better to purchase a CityPASS Chicago card. It will give a big discount for visiting the tower, and for many other interesting places, including the Museum of Science, planetarium, city oceanarium, art institute and more.

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Free Guides

You can get acquainted with the city not only on a water cruise, but also on your own feets. Of course, you can just walk alone, ride a tourist bus or buy one of the themed tours to memorable places. But in Chicago you can organize a tour for free and much more interesting.

 

There is a service called Chicago Greeter. Local volunteers will be happy to meet you and guide you to their favorite urban places. You can choose an interesting area to walk around yourself and just listen to the fascinating stories of your guide. As a thank you, just treat him with coffee or something stronger at the end of the walk.

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Shopping

The Magnificent Mile is one of Chicago's most famous shopping areas. Here you will find shops for every taste and budget: from famous brands directly from high fashion shows to concept stores with local brands. Not far from State Street, you can visit the legendary in USA Macy's store.

 

Also, do not forget to look around. The area is located on the banks of the river and along the promenade there are many unique buildings of its kind.

What to eat in Chicago

All typical American food is made in its own way in Chicago. Firstly, the food culture was strongly influenced by the abundance of Italian immigrants. Secondly, Chinese food is also felt here. As a result, we get a unique mix of flavors, which is now called Chicago.

 

Pizza with thick sides, abundant in cheese and sauce, Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs are recognized all over the world. When visiting Chicago, just forget for a while about the number of calories you eat.

 

In addition, there are 25 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, including the only "star" beer hall in the world.

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