Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and blends influences from around the world. Chicago has all of the big city attractions mixed with the more relaxed attitude and friendly people of the Midwest. Chicago is unique in that it is a thriving, bustling, metropolitan area that manages to feel homey at the same time. The ethnic diversity, multi-cultural neighborhoods and close proximity of these neighborhoods, make Chicago a true melting pot and helps define this feeling of ease and comfort. The main tourist areas of the city are very close together, making it a very easy city to explore. A leisurely walk, a short bus or taxi ride, or even a boat tour will expose you to the famous museums, breathtaking architecture, exclusive shops, world class festivals, delectable restaurants and all else that Chicago has to offer.

Facts

Population

2.8 million

Currency

Dollar, 1 $ (USD) = 100 cents

Newspapers

Chicago Tribune Chicago SunTimes The Reader Time Out Chicago (weekly magazine with event listings)

Tourist information

Chicago Office of Tourism Chicago Cultural Center 77 E. Randolph Street Chicago Water Works 163 E. Pearson Street

Travel to Chicago

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As the third largest city in the United States of America, next to New York and Los Angeles, Chicago thrives on the harmony and diversity of its neighborhoods, and attracts an estimated 86 million visitors every year. 

Top 5 things to do in Chicago

Chicago is booming with great history and culture, so naturally there are a million and one things to do here. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, try to fit in some of the sight-seeing this fantastic city has on offer. 

  • Take a walk up the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue and immerse yourself in a delightful collection of high-class retailers, restaurants and hotels
  • Tour the city at your leisure on the Brown Line elevated train, known locally as the ‘L’
  • Rent a boat from the Navy Pier and see Chicago from a different perspective
  • The Goodman and Chicago Shakespeare Theatres are guaranteed to pique your curiosity and spark your imagination
  • Challenge your appetite with one of Chicago’s famous deep dish pizzas

Shopping in Chicago

Chicago's shopping destinations Chicago extend throughout the city. Quaint boutiques, designer stores and high-street brands – this city really does have it all. Visit the infamous department store, Bloomingdale’s, on Wabash Avenue followed by a trip to Chicago’s most popular retail district, Magnificent Mile, for all your retail therapy needs. Set along the cosmopolitan Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile is teeming with shopping, dining, and entertainment treasures, ideal for travellers and nationals alike.

Chicago’s Loop has been a shopper’s paradise for more than a hundred years and is anchored by State Street, where you can meander through the fabled Macy's on State Street. Make sure you leave some space from your baggage allowance to ensure you can take your entire purchases home with you. 

Restaurants in Chicago

Celebrity chefs, world-renowned restaurants, international flavours from around the globe - the dining scene in Chicago is unparalleled. From traditional deep-dish pizzas to extravagant cuisine, one thing is for certain when it comes to dining in Chicago: you need an appetite.

For a true taste of the city, try Chicago’s iconic culinary favourites including hot dogs, Italian beef and pizza, to name a few. There are also a number of trendy sandwich bars and BBQ hotspots that are too good to miss.

Nightlife in Chicago

When it comes to nightlife in Chicago, you will need to rest up, because it is certain to be eventful. Chicago is legendary famous for jazz and blues, which can be heard nightly in a number of venues throughout the city.

Concerts, night museums, trendy lounges and much more await you here too.

Plan your Chicago holiday

Accommodating over 45 million leisure-seeking visitors each year, Chicago offers a wide variety of amenities to dazzle and intrigue any holiday traveller. Those seeking the greatest variety of activities will probably want to visit the city in summer or autumn when warm weather accommodates and complements outdoor events such as musical performances in Wicker Park and boat rides on Lake Michigan. However, those wishing to avoid the crowds, or whose interests tend more toward indoor attractions, will find there is still much to do during the winter months. Chicago is a hub of activity, especially in the summer. If you wish to visit in summer or autumn, be sure to book your tickets to Chicago well in advance.

Find all the best flight deals to Chicago on our website and save money on your trip by booking your holiday during the winter. While the weather will be colder, many of the attractions will still be available, and the crowds will be significantly smaller. Additionally, winter is also the best time to find cheap hotels in Chicago.

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