3/5 - Okay
Verified traveller10 Dec 2019
Weather is horrible (windy, cold and rainy) in December when i visited. Chicago is a great place in summer and the opposite in winter :)
Chicago is a modern metropolis on Lake Michigan's shores with a pronounced fondness for art, baseball and blues. Stroll through the museums and parks during the day, and when the sun goes down, take in an evening of live blues in the bustling heart of Downtown Chicago. Or why not experience a lively sporting event and check out the hometown baseball teams, The Cubs and White Sox or the Chicago Bulls basketball team.
In this metropolis, which is the third largest city in America, public transport is efficient to say the least. It’s easy to pinpoint exactly where you are at any time too using just the skyline - simply look to the tallest skyscraper in the USA: Willis Tower. Its viewing platform, at 412 meters above the busy street level, offers an amazing view of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and other major attractions.
In Lincoln Park, just north of downtown, offers beaches, sports fields and landscaped gardens. On the south side of the park is the Chicago History Museum, which tells complete the history of the Windy City, including tales of notorious gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Stroll through the gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or spend the afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo, which houses more than 1,000 animals. Then there’s Brookfield Zoo, 19 kilometres west of the city centre; it’s more than twice as large and houses big cats, several species of primates and even dolphins.
Head back toward Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile and you’ll find the best shops in the city. It's a good place for lunch or dinner, or to watch people while sipping a coffee or a beer. Just south of the Magnificent Mile is the great Art Institute of Chicago, which is definitely worth a visit. The collection includes European and American masterpieces by greats such as Monet and Van Gogh. Nearby is the Millennium Park, a meeting place with public art and spectacular summer concerts.
Chicago has been (and is) home to some very influential people. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum and House, where the famous writer was born. You’ll also find the first house of architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the beautiful district of Oak Park (Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio). He designed number of houses and buildings in the area, including Unity Temple which is considered one of his best designs. Stop at the Garfield Park Conservatory on your way back to the centre, a city oasis with rare and exotic plants.
A trip to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without a game at legendary Wrigley Field. In the evening visit the Navy Pier with its lively bars and restaurants, or opt for a night of blues or jazz in one of the legendary clubs of Chicago. Try BLUES, just north of the centre of Kingston Mines a few kilometres to the north to Lincoln Park.
The heart of the Midwest’s glittering metropolis has many offerings, from shopping and dining to parks, museums and exciting contemporary public art.
Bordered roughly by the surrounding elevated train circuit, this Chicago neighborhood has restaurants, galleries, parks and a giant silver bean.
Shopaholics need look no further this glittering street packed with boutique and luxury shops, famous department stores and cafes.
Known for its fantastic nightlife, stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in River North. Top attractions like Merchandise Mart and Chicago Riverwalk are major draws. Catch the metro at Chicago Station (Brown Line) or Merchandise Mart Station to see more of the city.
Enjoy upscale shopping, varied dining experiences and waterfront walks at this affluent suburb set on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Known for its lively bars and lake views, there's plenty to explore in Lakeview. Top attractions like Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Addison Station (Red Line) or Belmont Station (Red Line) to see more of the city.
Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019
Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019
Tour the iconic grounds and catch a game March through September at Chicago’s beloved baseball stadium.
A landmark gathering place for locals and visitors who come to admire the unique art, architecture and landscape.
Attend an event at the United States’ largest convention center, which features hyper-modern facilities and huge exhibition spaces connected by promenades and sky bridges.
Visit the Skydeck and gaze down over the Chicago cityscape from a dazzling 1,353 feet above the sidewalk.
Explore a massive collection of works celebrating different cultures and historical times, from ancient Egypt to modern installations.
Enjoy the student vibe around University of Chicago, a top university in Chicago. Amble around this vibrant area's lakeside or experience its fascinating museums.
Equal parts boat and buildings, this river cruise gives you a from-the-water perspective of Chicago skyline and up-close views of its most iconic structures. Board an open-roofed vessel and float with the current as an architecture expert shares the fascinating history behind the Windy City's most renowned buildings.
At 360 CHICAGO, the guest experience begins at the ground floor with a museum-style exhibition celebrating Chicago’s history and nine of its culturally rich neighborhoods.
Explore Chicago's seedy underworld on this guided bus tour of its most famous gangsters and mobsters. Investigate the former haunts of legends like Al Capone, The Untouchables, and John Dillinger as you explore the sites of major crimes, violent deaths, and shocking trials on this guided excursion.
Take in the view from the sky-high heights of the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the United States. From the 103rd floor, look out over 4 states and the Windy City's urban sprawl, and then test your vertigo on a glass balcony to peer down at the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago beneath your feet.
Enjoy huge savings on admission to Chicago's must-see attractions with CityPASS tickets. Take your time and enjoy each attraction, with up to 9 consecutive days to use your tickets.
The Magnificent Mile. Considered by many to be one of the great retail boulevards in the world. On this tour, you'll find out why.
Verified traveller25 Nov 2019
Chicago is a beautiful city. The architecture and development around the river gives it an aesthetic that you would be difficult to find in other big cities.
For true crime fans, there’s nothing quite like standing in the spot of an infamous murder or strolling the streets once stalked by serial killers.
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