Chicago Pocket Guide

Images Of Chicago

With its lake shore location, countless skyscrapers and bundance of iconic traits and characteristics, Chicago is one of the great American cities. Along with skyscrapers, the windy city (a nickname which has nothing to do with the weather incidentally) is famous for hot dogs, pizza, sports teams and more. It possesses a big city feel similar to that you'd find in New York, but boasts a landscape that's far more open than its east coast counterpart. One minute you're in the middle of a thriving city when walking down Michigan Avenue, while the next you're enjoying some peace and quiet overlooking Lake Michigan. Even though it's not as accessible as other North American cities, it's ultimately worth the effort to get to as Chicago is unlike any other city in the country.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Chicago.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Chicago... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Chicago.

Chicago City Reviews

  • 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!

  • 90%


    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

  • 80%


    Fun City

    Wish I had more time in this city but the time I did have I loved it! Great metro system so easy to get around, heaps of cool stuff to do and it's full of friendly and interesting people!

  • 90%


    July in Chicago

    July is defnetly the best time to visit Chicago, the boat tours are great under the sun. You can swim in lake Michigan. Loads of things to see and do in Chicago. And all within walking distance of each other.

    Insider Tip:Go up north to the lincoln park zoo which is free and really good.

  • 80%



    Chicago is a very nice town. It has many attractions: Shedd Acquarium, field Museum. The best way to see all is to buy the Chicago Card and you can visit all the best of Chicago. There are a lot of typical restaurant and pub.

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