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 City Reviews

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    Chicago is wonderful!

    Chicago is very tourist-friendly city with a lot of opportunities for fun. Enjoy nice architecture and water channels in downtown, lovely shore of Michigan Lake, and Millennium Park. Get to the top of John Hancock Observatory and Willis Tower (both are recommended). Do not forget to visit Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and The Art Institute. Have fun in Chicago pubs!

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    Two days in Chicago

    Chicago is a great city to visit, even if you only have a few days. There are wonderful museums and great food. I particularly like the Art Institute. The metro system is fairy easy to navigate. A one day Ventra card will run $10 and will work on buses and trains.

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    Chicago- an amazing city!

    There is so much to do on this beautiful city. I recommend a walking tour, seeing some baseball at wrigley field and a walk along the lake/navy pier.

    Insider Tip:Try garrets popcorn. G mix is caramel and cheese! Hersheys chocolate world is near the water tower.

  • 80%


    Incredible city for architects!

    Chicago is an incredible city. Compact, made for people, everything is at walking distance. Great food, amazing parks, Music and culture, breathtaking skylines. It´s a paradise for architects.

    Insider Tip:Don´t miss a walking tour from Chicago Architecture Foundation. For about $15 you can see regular buildings become incredible engineering challenges, wonderful terracota sculptures, giants made of glass and steel. That´s because it was here the Skyscraper was invented!

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    I love Chicago

    Chicago exceeded my expectations. It is a beautiful city with expansive parks that are well maintained. I loved the green areas and being so close to the water, as well as the culture, music. There are so many world-class museums and things to do. People are very friendly as well.

    Insider Tip:Buy a City pass as it offers discounts to great sites. Also buy a transit card to use unlimited transit during your stay. Recommend renting one of the blue city bikes that are all over the city. It can be used for a 24 hour period. Be gentle with the bikes so others can use them for a long time to come. When returning the bikes to their holders, gently push in and lift the bike up to lock it into place. The bike paths along the waterfront are great

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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