Chicago Travel Guide

Chicago Travel Guide

Chicago is a city of world-class status, drawing visitors from across the globe. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is home to world championship sports teams, a tradition of blues & jazz, amazing architechture and a fantastic cultural atmosphere

Location

Illinois, Midwest USA

Climate

July & August gets hot (25 - 35C) and Winters are cold and snowy, temperatures dropping to -10C

Currency

US Dollars

Time Difference

GMT -6 Hours

Transfer Time

Chicago O'Hare airport is 17 miles from downtown. The EI train is the quickest & cheapest method of transport and takes around 30 minutes

Hotels

There are plenty of hotels in Chicago but many are in the upper price bracket. Be sure to book in advance as affordable rooms can get limited if there is a convention on.

Attractions

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Centre, Navy Pier, Lincoln Park, Shedd Aquarium, Magnificent Mile

Shopping

Chicago is a shoppers paradise. Check out magnificent mile which has everything from the swankiest upscale boutique to all the big chain stores

Excursions

Why not try canoeing the Chicago river ?. You're likely to see deer, red fox and other wildlife. Kayaking, sailing and boat trips are available on Lake Michigan.

Family

Chicago is a very family and child friendly place

Getting Around

The best way to explore Chicago is on foot. Public transport is good by American standards, this includes EI Train and buses which go almost everywhere. For exploring further afield a car is advisable.