City Guide Chicago, USA

Visiting Chicago

Chicago, The Windy City, has probably got one of the most recognisable skylines in the world. There's plenty to see and do here with great restaurants, bars and plenty of active outdoor sports and activities.

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Chicago Pocket Guide

Chicago Pocket Guide

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Chicago City Reviews

  • 100%


    Great stay!

    We stayed in a mixed dorm en-suite. everything was clean. I loved the room, was really nice. There was enough space for EVERYBODY to charge 4 phones at the same time if you wanted, wonderful!!

  • 90%


    Beautiful and Vibrant City

    Chicago is a big city and yet it is surprisingly very clean and beautifully built. It has waterfront area, a theme park at the Navy Pier, and so much to do for avid sports fans, foodies, art lovers, and theatre goers. There's even free parking in the suburban neighborhoods. Something is new around every corner and the prices are very reasonable. I also think that the transportation is more than accessible to all the major areas.

    Insider Tip:Hottix.com is a great website to get discounted theatre tickets.

  • 40%


    Sport central!

    Chicago definitely lives up to its title of 'Windy City'. It can be sunny and warm where you take your jumper off, but when that wind hits, it sure does get chilly. Beautiful city to walk around and take in the great architecture. Must see is the 360 Chicago, its signature lounge is stunning and you even get a view while in the bathroom! Chicagoans love their sport, about every 10th person you see is wearing some sporting item! Definitely check out some sport if you can!

    Insider Tip:Buy a 3 daily pass for the trains, or a 5-day one depending on how long you are staying. The trains are a great way of getting around and run regularly.

  • 80%



    Chicago is like a lot of big American cities, so don't expect it to be super clean or super friendly, but I enjoyed my visit. There are so many great things to check out, and the transit system can easily take you almost anywhere you want to go. The city is also big on Architecture, so check out all the buildings around you, or take an architecture tour on the river!

    Insider Tip:Check out Second City Improv - a lot of big names go their start there, & the shows are funny.

  • 70%


    Chicago review

    It was my 3th time in Chicago - this time for couple days because of a wedding. Like the city, like the parks and sightseeing places. There is a lot of nice places to eat out and for shopping.

    Insider Tip:Remember Chicago is always windy so have always extra warm clothing witgh you!

USA: Itinerary

Chicago is a true American city. Skyscrapers, world famous basketball and baseball teams, beaches – this city has it all. Known as ‘the windy city’, it is a tourist’s dream come true.

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