Introduction to Chicago

You will be blown away by Chicago and not just because it’s called the ‘Windy City’.

Located in Illinois, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and home to attractions like the Buckingham Fountain, Hancock Observatory and Lincoln Park Zoo. You can take it all in with a view of Chicago’s skyline at places like Grant Park or a ride on the old El train through downtown.

A vibrant arts and culture scene provides comfort during Chicago’s notoriously cold and windy winters (January and February). Think and see American Gothic at the Art Institute, take a boat tour through the city’s history courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation, see a show at Goodman and Chicago Shakespeare theatres, take in opera courtesy of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and find comedy at quaint digs everywhere.

Summer (April to October) is jam-packed full of festivals like THE Lollapalooza. It’s also a great time to enjoy the outdoors like along the Lake Michigan coastline. See plenty of up-and-coming bands play live around the city year-round thanks to awesome venues like Wicker Park. Or hit the shops at places like Magnificent Mile.

A trip to Chicago would be incomplete without taking in a game courtesy of Chicago’s numerous pro teams like the Bears (American football), the Cubs (baseball) and the Bulls (basketball)! Chicago is a walking city, especially downtown, which has an easy-to-navigate grid. Cycling and water taxis are popular and fun options to get about too.

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