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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.