The City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States, and the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United State. It is located in northeastern Illinois on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago has over 2.7 million residents. it is popularly called the county seat of Cook County.
Chicago is a large city with an area of 60,000 hectares, and the city is traversed by the Chicago and Calumet rivers. Chicago has extensive parklands, including 3,000 hectares of city parks attract an estimated 86 million visitors annually.
Chicago has the third-largest gross metropolitan product in the United States, and the city has also been rated as having the most balanced economy in the United States, due to its high level of diversification.
Chicago city has a long list of interesting places to visit. A few of them are the Field museum, Garfield Park Conservatory, Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, The 606 and a host of others.
There are also a lot of festivals that take place in Chicago and they include:The Chicago Blues Festival, Ribfest Chicago, Mamby On The Beach, Taste Of Chicago, Square Roots Festival, Ruido Fest, West Fest, Potchfork Music Festival to mention but a few.
The best time to book a flight to Chicago is about 11-12 weeks in advance. When flights are booked earlier than 81 days before departure, the fares are likely to be high. The fares gradually reduce up until the about 30 days to departure. At this point the fares are hiked. The worst time to buy a ticket is before the flight.
However, for any given flight, the actual best time to buy might vary, depending on the market, the time of year, the day of week, and other factors.
During peak season, the fares are way higher than the off-peak periods. The visitors trooping in to Chicago are alarming, and hence the flight fares are usually high. Also, flights might be all booked up, and it may even be difficult to get tickets as flights might have all been booked.
Chicago experiences four distinct seasons.the summer, winter, autumn and spring, but the Summer is the peak season. The summer is between June and September. The weather, hot and humid, is usually very favorable compared to all other cold and rainy periods all through the year. The temperature is usually between 27 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius. Most of the outdoor festivals hold in summer, and summer marks Chicago’s peak tourist season. Chicago tourist would definitely love this summer period, as many festivals hold during this period.
During this period, the fares for flights are about 21% higher than the usual fares. Intending visitors to Chicago must endeavor to book their flights in advance or risk paying almost double the amount when the season starts. When the season begins, there is a possibility of flight unavailability.
Spring and autumn are also good times to travel. The crowd is lesser, and the temperature is cooler, with light rains.
The off peak season is the cheapest time to visit Chicago. The off peak season is also an off-tourist season. The crowd from summer is non existent during this period. Fares are cheap, and the general cost of living actively falls. There are also special events that hold in this period like the ChristKindMarket – a large German-themed Christmas fair in December. However, this period is usually freezing cold with temperatures dropping down to 29 degrees Fahrenheit in the afternoon and 14 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. Intending visitors have to come with thick coat, boots, socks, gloves and head warmers.
Flights during this period are not usually booked up and unavailable except that the winter storm could sometimes prevent airports from functioning properly. There are usually delayed flights, and this could be terrible for travelers.
Chicago Is One Of The Cities That Has Its Climate Categorized As Humid Continental, And Hence, The city Experiences Four Distinct Seasons. Summer, Winter, Spring, And Autumn. Summers Are Warm, Hot And Often Humid, With A July Daily Average Of 75.8 °F (24.3 °C). Winters Are Cold And Snowy With Few Sunny Days. January Is Chicago’s Coldest Month With A Low Temperature Just Below Freezing. Spring And Autumn Are Mild Seasons With Low Humidity.
Th E Best Time To Visit Chicago is The Late Spring – April And May, And Late summer Between September And October. During These Periods, The Weather Is Relatively Warm, There Is Lesser Crowd Compared To Summertime, And Hotel Rates Are Cheaper. Visitors Should Have Light Coats And Umbrellas As There May Be Rains Once In A While.
Chicago Experiences An Influx Of People During Summertime (June-August), And So The Prices Of Items, And, Room Rates Are Excessively High. Flights And Hotels Have To Booked In Advance For This Season. Most Of The Chicago Festivals Occur During This Period.
In June, The Festa Pasta Vino Festival That Celebrates Italian Food And Culture While Offering Authentic Cuisine And Wines Accompanied With Live Performances. Also, The Taste Of Randolph Street Festival Holds And It Comes With Live Music, And A Lot Food.
July Welcomes The Taste Of Chicago Festival Where More Than 50 Local Restaurants Offer Their Signature Dishes With Lots Of Music.
August Offers The ‘Street Food Artistry’ Festival Which Celebrates Street-inspired Dishes And Includes Cooking Demonstrations. ‘Taste Of Greece Festival And ‘Elvis Is Alive’ Race Are Other Two Most Attended Events.
Visitors In December Or January Should Endeavor To Cover Up With Thick Coats, Socks, Boots, Head And Hand Warmers As The Temperature Is Always Very Low.
AIRLINES OPERATING FLIGHTS TO CHICAGO FROM O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Atlanta, Austin, London Heathrow, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Miami, Los Angeles…
Toronto – Pearson
Oklahoma city, Houston, Detroit…
London Heathrow, Lagos
Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco
Frankfurt, Munich, Lagos
Beijing, Newark, London-Heathrow, Nashville, New York, Minneapolis, Lagos
MAJOR CITIES IN USA
AVERAGE DISTANCE FROM CITY TO CHICAGO
AVERAGE FLYING TIME FROM CITY CHICAGO
New York City
790 miles / 1,271 km
1 hour, 49 minutes
2,106 miles / 3,244 km
3 hours, 31 minutes
1,082 miles / 1,741 km
2 hours, 4 minutes
2,063 miles / 3,320 km
761 miles / 1,225 km
1 hour, 44 minutes
2,077 miles / 3343 km
1,756 miles / 2826 km
2 hours, 57 minutes
283 miles / 455 km
1.121 miles / 1,804 km
2 hours, 11 minutes
982 miles / 1580 km
2 hours, 12 minutes
2,028 miles / 3,264 km
3 hours, 27 minutes
1,154 miles / 1857 km
2 hours, 21 minutes
There are two major airports in Chicago – Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and the Midway International Airport.
CHICAGO O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (IATA: ORD, ICAO: KORD, FAA LID: ORD), also known as O’Hare Airport, Chicago International Airport, Chicago O’Hare, or simply O’Hare, is an international airport located on the Far Northwest Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the main airport serving the Chicago metropolitan area. It is operated by the City of Chicago Department of Aviation
Chicago O’Hare was once the busiest airport in the world by the number of takeoffs and landings in 2014, ahead of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. As of 2016, O’Hare is the sixth-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the third-busiest in the United States, and the busiest in the Midwest. O’Hare also has eight runways, more than any other major international airport.
There are 5 terminals in Chicago O’Hare Airport. Terminal 5 is O’Hares international terminal for flights from international destinations. The terminal has a gate that can accommodate the worlds largest passenger aircraft, Airbus A380, and the has 5 lounges for relaxation
MIDWAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Chicago Midway is International Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW, FAA LID: MDW) is a commercial airport on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, 13 km from the Loop. Midway Airport is the second-largest passenger airport in the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as the state of Illinois, after O’Hare International Airport on the Northwest Side.
Midway International Airport was initially Chicago’s main airport. With the opening of O’Hare International Airport, Midway airport suffered a decline in traffic but later experienced significant traffic growth. Traffic at Midway is currently dominated by budget support Southwest Airlines. Midway is the Dallas-based carrier’s largest focus city, as of 2013.
Midway has 43 aircraft gates on three concourses (A, B, and C)
The 3 concourses and their gates, concourses A – 17 gates, B – 23 gates, C – 3 gates.
Delta Air Lines
Atlanta, Detroit, Lagos
Detroit, Minneapolis/ St. Paul
Toronto – Billy Bishop
Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Albany, Cleveland, Denver, Las Vegas
Ultimate Air Shuttle
The best places to stay are in the Loop District in downtown Chicago, where you’ll find most of the major sights and attractions. The other areas are the Westside, Uptown,and O’Hare.
Staying in the Loop
The skyscrapers corporate headquarters delineate the area of the Loop District – the heart of the downtown area, named so because of the train-line loop that encircles it. This part of the city always makes a statement with the bustling of locals, the coffee shops, and the beautiful environment. Magnificent Mile is the main shopping avenue and runs along downtown. Other attractions include the imperious Sears Tower, Grant Park, and Buckingham Fountain.
Staying in the Loop district is albeit expensive but it is definitely worth the cost.
Staying on the Westside
The Westside of Chicago is the city’s most diversified quarter. This area of Chicago has a variety of restaurants that serve intercontinental cuisines. The area has shops, murals and beautiful monuments. The Pilsen neighborhood, just northwest of Chinatown in Bridgeport, is a classic example of Chicagoan diversity. As the traditional entry point for immigrants, there are a particularly high number of offbeat vintage shops and restaurants serving eclectic cuisine.
Places to stay here, cost a little lesser than in downtown.
Staying in the Uptown
Uptown is an intriguing neighborhood where Chicago’s rich history and ethnic diversity intersect. Historic landmark districts in Buena Park, Sheridan Park and Uptown Square are just some of the architectural highlights. On Argyle Street and the surrounding blocks, you can do a tour of Asia with destination restaurants serving up Beijing duck, sushi, traditional Chinese dim sum and Vietnamese specialties like banh mi and pho. Adding to the variety are ethnic grocers mixed among Ethiopian, Lebanese, Indian cuisine and more.
Staying in O’Hare
This area is very ideal for businessmen, with many conferences held here in hotel meeting rooms. It is not very far from Downtown Chicago, and the CTA Blue Line is am perfect transport link to the city centre. The O’Hare international airport is located in this area. The area is relatively beautiful. The cost of staying here is fair.
There are definitely awesome places to visit in all areas in Chicago.
Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. It’s prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor’s hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture. Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the North and Monroe Street to the South.
The Navy Pier originally opened in 1916 as an amusement area and shipping facility but is now one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions. Today, the Navy Pier is made up of 50 acres of gardens, attractions, shops, restaurants, concert venues, and parks. There is a 150 ft Ferris wheel and an historic carousel in Navy Pier Park. Visitors can also watch a film at the 3D Imax Theater, watch actors perform the classics at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, or visit Crystal Gardens, a one-acre, six-story, indoor botanical garden. Also located here is the Chicago Children’s Museum. The Pier hosts year-round festivities, including the Chicago Festival in August. Cruise ships leave from here on various sightseeing excursions.
Even when baseball’s not in season, there’s plenty to do at this legendary stadium, erected in 1914 and reinvigorated by an ownership change in 2009. Seasonal tours offer an insider peek at the Friendly Confines when the Cubs are on the road or away for spring training.
Art Institution Of Chicago
You could spend the next four years getting to know this encyclopedic institution, which owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world and every era from antiquity to the present. Our favorite pieces include the Japanese prints, fragments of local buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. We’re also in love with Renzo Piano’s light-filled Modern Wing, which is the perfect place to enjoy the Art Institute’s architecture and design collection, modern and contemporary art, and gorgeous views of Millennium Park.
Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains 32,000 animals, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) of water. the John G. Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 1,500 species of sea life, including 32,500 fish, as well as an array of birds, insects and amphibians. Located on Lake Michigan, it is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
The Field Musuem Of National History
Originally called the Columbian Museum of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History was founded in 1893 to showcase the biological and anthropological collections gathered for the World Columbian Exposition. The name changed in 1905 to honor Marshall Field, the department store owner, art patron, and major benefactor of the museum. The permanent collection features approximately 20 million artifacts and specimens covering a variety of disciplines including geology, botany, zoology and anthropology. Of special note are the permanent displays on Ancient Egypt and the cultures of North, Central and South America and “Sue,” the world’s largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Special rotating exhibits take place on a regular basis throughout the year.
Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is located in Chicago, Illinois, in Jackson Park, in the Hyde Park neighborhood between Lake Michigan and The University of Chicago.Among the museum’s exhibits are a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr), and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon.
The museum has over 2,000 exhibits, displayed in 75 major halls. The museum has several major permanent exhibits. Access to several of the exhibits (including the Coal Mine and U-505) requires the payment of an additional fee. The Museum is definitely a must visit.
Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile
Michigan Avenue is probably one of the most attractive boulevards in America. The city’s famous Magnificent Mile is a section of Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River, with numerous galleries, boutiques and luxury shops. Some of the attractions along here include the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, and the Tribune Tower. Michigan Avenue splits between North and South designations at Madison Street.
Garfield Park Conservatory
Built in the early 1900s, the Garfield Park Conservatory is an historic, publicly owned botanical garden, operated by the Chicago Park District. The gardens grow plants which are used in the numerous city parks and gardens. The glass and metal prairie-school structure was designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen. His revolutionary design has been referred to as “landscape art under glass”.
Some of the highlights include the Children’s Garden, the Demonstration Gardens, and the Monet Garden, based on Claude Monet’s garden at Giverney, France.
The Adler Planetarium is a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. It is located on the northeast tip of Northerly Island at the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The Adler is America’s first planetarium and part of Chicago’s Museum Campus, which includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. The Adler’s mission is to inspire exploration and understanding of the universe.
The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories. This lakeside observatory is the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person. The Adler Planetarium has a lot on display and they include Planet Explorers, The solar system, The universe: A walk through space and time,The Historic Atwood Sphere, Telescopes: Through The Looking Glass, Mission Moon, Astronomy In Culture, Bringing Heavens To Earth, Universe In Your Hands, and Space Visualization Laboratory (SVL).
While some may argue that the skyscraper, renamed Willis Tower in 2009, has lost a bit of its swagger since it lost its status as the world’s tallest building, the Sears Tower remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago. Completed in 1973, the 108-story structure features some of the fastest elevators in the world, covering as much as 1,600 feet per minute. A 70-second ride takes visitors to the 103rd-floor Skydeck where they can feel the building sway beneath them on a windy day. The Skydeck offers of sweeping views of Lake Michigan and glimpses of the states of Michigan and Wisconsin beyond
Located in Grant Park, the Beaux Arts-style Buckingham Fountain was designed by architect Edward Bennett after the Latona Fountain at Versailles. The font is famous for its grand size and for the height of its spray, which can reach as high as 15 stories. The fountain’s four water-spouting sea horse statues are said to represent the four states that surround Lake Michigan, while the fountain’s pool symbolizes the lake itself. The fountain was donated to the city by Kate Sturges Buckingham, a patroness of the arts who inherited her family’s massive fortune at the age of 32. Known as “Chicago’s Grandest Spinster,” she bequeathed the Buckingham Fountain to Chicago as a memorial for her brother in 1927 and established a trust fund for the fountain’s continuous operation as well.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park is a 6 mile stretch of green space along the edge of Lake Michigan, and Chicago’s biggest park. This popular park is home to the lovely Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the country. Also located here are the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and the Chicago History Museum. For those who simply want to enjoy the outdoor space there are playing fields, bike trails, jogging paths, and beaches. Visitors can see a number of significant statues and pieces of public art within the park grounds including Augustus Saint Gaudens’ Standing Statue of Lincoln (1887).
Basic Lunch including menu
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar )
1 liter whole fat milk
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer
1 bottle of red wine
Bread (2 people)
Monthly rent 900 sq ft furnished accommodation in expensive area
Monthly rent 900 Sq ft furnished accommodation in normal area
Monthly rent 480 Sq ft furnished accommodation in expensive area
Monthly rent 480 Sq ft furnished accommodation in normal area
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 480 Sq ft
Internet 8Mbps (1 month)
Visits in Chicago need to be aware of the following information so as to enjoy the city maximally.
Most hotels, coffee shops and public libraries offer high sped wireless access. some hotels charge nominal fee, usually less than $10. So visitors in Chicago can enjoy the internet round the clock.
Hours of Operation
Generally, business hours are from 9 am to 6 pm from Sunday to Wednesday, and closing hours are much later from Thursdays to Saturdays.
Most stores close for Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter Sunday. Major chains have outposts that are open 24 hours, and Pharmacies open as early as 8 am.
ATMs are plentiful. You can find them in banks, grocery stores, and hotels, as well as at drugstores, gas stations, and convenience stores. The sales tax here (9.25%) is one of the highest of any U.S. city.
Visitors can avoid the long lines at Chicago museums by buying tickets online at least a day in advance. The most popular architecture tour, led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, always sells out—be sure to buy tickets in advance.
Taxes are compulsory in Chicago, and they are charged on items purchased or services received At restaurants , visitors are expected to pay approximately 10% for meal tax.
The hotel tax is 16.4% in the city, and slightly less in suburban areas.
Tipping is like a culture in Chicago and in the U.S, so visitors should tip 15% for adequate service in restaurants. Taxi drivers, bartenders, and hairdressers expect about 15%. Bellhops and porters should get about $1 per bag; hotel maids about $1 to $2 per day of your stay; and valet-parking attendants $1 or $2.
Chicago is in the central time zone. It’s 1 hour behind New York, 2 hours ahead of Los Angeles, 6 hours behind London, and 16 hours behind Sydney.
Parking in Chicago is not free especially at restaurants and shops. Payments are only valid for two hours. If cars are parked on busy routes during rush hours, cars would be towed off.
New York City
Delta Airline, American Airline, jetBlue
2 hours 51 minutes
Virgin America, American Airline, United Airline
4 hours 15 minutes
Spirit Airline, American Airlines, United Airline, JetBlue
2 hours 57 minutes
Spirit Airline, American Airlines, United Airline, JetBlue, Alaska Airline
3 hours 57 minutes
2 hours 32 minutes
Frontier Airline, Spirit Airline, American Airlines, United Airline
4 hours 25 minutes
Spirit Airlines, Delta Airline, United Airline, American Airline
2 hours 10 minutes
2 hours 37 minutes
Spirit Airline, American Airline, United Airways
4 hours 21 minutes
Delta Airline, Lufthansa, United Airline, Air France, British Airways, KLM
15 hours 55 minutes
Visitors who like Chicago also like the following cities. New York, Philadelphia, London, San Francisco, Boston, Lagos, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Edinburgh, Manchester, Madrid.
PLACES TO VISIT
Universal Studios Hollywood, Getty Center, Griffith Park, Hollywood Boulevard, Disney Land
Frankfurt – Germany
Romer, Goethe House, Main Tower, Stadel, Frankfurt Cathedral
Freedom Trail, Boston Common, Fenway Park, Public Garden, New England Aquarium
Madrid – Spain
Plaza Mayor, Bluen Retiro Park, Royal Palace of Madrid
John Rylands Library, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry
Hollrood Place, HMY Britannia, Aurthur’s Seat, Mary King’s Close, Princes Street Garden
San Francisco – California
Union Square, Chinatown, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge
Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary
London Eye, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey
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