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Bustling, vibrant Chicago

Book flights to Chicago to experience the cultural centre of the American Midwest and one of America’s most popular destinations.

Ascend the iconic 1,450ft Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) for panoramic views over the city and Lake Michigan from the Skydeck on the 103rd floor.

aerials shot of fog rolling over chicago city

Discover contemporary art at the Monique Meloche Gallery or take in a show at The Chicago Theatre.

Relax in the futuristic Millennium Park, a 24-acre green space with a giant video screen and the mesmerising Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as ‘the Bean’, a 110-ton stainless steel piece of art.

The Navy Pier offers shopping, restaurants and carnival rides, together with firework displays and boat cruises – there’s always something in this part of Chicago.

Fly to Chicago with Etihad for a lively experience in one of America’s most vibrant and famous cities.

What’s the weather like in Chicago?

What’s the weather like in Chicago?

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Chicago is hottest in July, averaging around 24°C, and boasts pleasant temperatures from May to September. This is when a lot of the annual festivals take place, from Lollapalooza, a musical extravaganza, to food festivals celebrating hot dogs or ribs.

During December to February, temperatures can fall to below freezing in Chicago. You can go ice-skating at this time of year, enjoy the festive lights and markets, or head to one of the indoor winter gardens.

Reasons to visit Chicago

cloud gate in millennium park chicago

Fun days out

North Avenue Beach boasts sandy shores under the incredible Chicago skyline where you can cool off during summer on the shores of Lake Michigan.

If you fancy something high octane, try a thrill-filled ride on a speedboat or test yourself on the climbing walls at Maggie Daley Park. Kayak Chicago offers tours on Chicago River or, for a real taste of history, try Margie’s Candies, open since 1921. Previous customers include The Beatles, so you’re in good company.

adler planetarium in chicago on a sunny day

From dinosaurs to outer space

Chicago has a long and proud history and its many museums celebrate the city’s influence on music, art, architecture, food and more. Visit the Field Museum to discover dinosaur skeletons or try the Adler Planetarium for a fantastic virtual trip around the solar system.

Chicago Fed’s Money Museum showcases the history of the US dollar and lets you role play as a banker and even a secret agent. Chicago Children’s Museum is great for children aged four and over, allowing them to play and learn at the same time.

ferris wheel illuminated at night

Visit a festival

Whether it’s jazz, theatre, fashion, shopping or food and drink, you’ll want to experience some of the hundreds of festivals Chicago has to offer.

A science festival takes place in May, catch outdoor cinema at the Millennium Park Film Series from June to August or discover street food markets throughout the year. Visit in late summer for festivals dedicated to hot dogs, markets, house music, dance and art. Make sure to check the latest listings for exact dates before booking your Chicago flights.

Things to know before you fly to Chicago

plane Transfers from the airport

O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is 18 miles northwest of the city centre. The Blue Line ‘L’ train will take you from the airport to downtown in about 45 minutes. Buses run early in the morning to late at night, multiple times an hour. Or pre-book an airport transfer with Etihad – direct from the airport to your hotel lobby.

socket Plugs

Plug sockets used in Chicago are type A and B. It’s worth buying a plug adaptor that fits US sockets before you fly to Chicago so you can charge your devices while you’re in the Windy City.

bus Getting around

The ’L’ Train (short for ’elevated’) runs over 108 miles, across Chicago and into some surrounding suburbs. Buy a day ticket or use Ventra Cards, available at stations and on a phone app, to load credit.

meals Cuisine

Chicago is home to the famous deep dish pizza – you’ll find plenty of pizzerias around the city offering this regional favourite. Street vendors are common in Chicago – grab a hot dog, warm pretzel or spicy taco while you’re on the go.

Flying to Chicago: FAQs

Where should I stay in Chicago?

Head to the lively Streeterville district if you’re on a budget. River North is best for nightlife and shopping, while Wicker Park is considered one of the best bohemian areas. If you are travelling with children, Lincoln Park is a good spot – it’s a family friendly neighbourhood.

How many days should I spend in Chicago?

There’s enough to keep you occupied in Chicago for weeks, but in five to seven days you’ll be able to see the major landmarks. Make sure to visit Willis Tower, the Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile, which includes landmarks such as the Chicago Water Tower and neo-gothic Tribune Tower.

What attractions should I visit in Chicago?

Shedd Aquarium on the shores of Lake Michigan is one of Chicago’s top attractions. Also, take the elevator up the Willis Tower to the Skydeck for views over the city from ‘The Ledge’, glass containers extending out from the side of the skyscraper. Visit the Museum of Science and History and the Navy Pier too.

Who do you tip in Chicago?

It’s considered polite to tip hotel staff, taxi drivers and service staff. At a restaurant, leaving a minimum of 20 per cent gratuity for good service, or 15 per cent for acceptable service, is expected.

Why we love Chicago

“Chicago is a cosmopolitan city, rich with culture and possibilities. Sample the incredible restaurants, stop by Howard Beach in the summer and indulge in a traditional deep dish pizza.”

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Weather in Chicago

14 °C
Friday23 Oct 2020
7 °C
Saturday24 Oct 2020
8 °C
Sunday25 Oct 2020
4 °C
Monday26 Oct 2020
6 °C
Tuesday27 Oct 2020
8 °C
Wednesday28 Oct 2020
6 °C
Thursday29 Oct 2020
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