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The all American city and with a stunning skyline! Chicago is global city and a major hub for culture, sports, contemporary art, media and finance. The windy city boasts some of the most magnificent modern architecture in America and the world.
It is home to some of the countries most influential people including Oprah and Obama BWH (before the White House). Being the mega city that it is; Chicago has a plethora of shops, theatres, art galleries, restaurants and bars. The key to Chicago’s success in attracting visitors is its diversity. The city has something for everyone; from a thrilling jazz scene and plush restaurants to glorious parks and facilities for families.
The city is an architectural marvel filled with impressive buildings of all styles, particularly super-tall skyscrapers. There are several ways to explore and admire the view; by bus, by boat, by Segway and of course by foot. Chicago is known as the city of suburbs, as every area has its own unique character and ambience. Each suburb is defined by the community that lives and works there.
The Ukrainian Village for example; is heavily influenced by Ukrainian culture. While Boystown caters to the LGBT community in the city and it’s known for its lively nightlife and trendy fashion boutiques attracting large numbers of fashionistas. It is well worth venturing out of ‘The Loop’ (city centre) and exploring these exhilarating districts.
The Millennium Park is in the heart of the city. It is an award winning center for art, music and landscape design. The park is an absolute must see attraction for anyone visiting Chicago. Navy Pier is ranked as the Midwest’s top tourist attraction featuring the popular giant Ferris wheel, Chicago Children’s Museum, live music and a lot more. Lincoln Park is the largest park in the city with a number of visitors to match, exceeded only by Central Park in New York. The park boasts a number of museums, sports fields, a zoo and even a beach. Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) offers great views of the city from its Skydeck.um
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St Patricks Day – 17 March
The Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade is just part of a huge holiday in Chicago, which has a long Irish cultural background. The parade is the largest in the city. Led by our Irish king, "Hizzoner" Mayor Richard M. Daley, thousands line up along Columbus Drive the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day. No matter your heritage, everyone at the parade is full of Irish blood, blarney, and green beer.
4 of July – Independence Day celebrations
Chicago celebrates Independence Day with fireworks over Lake Michigan, the symphony outside, great food at the Taste of Chicago, and kids lighting firecrackers in just about every neighborhood.
Chicago Film Festival 7 – 13 September
The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual film festival held every fall. Founded in 1964, it is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.
The Presidential Bike Tour, Amazing Lakefront Tour, Day Bike Rental, Friendly Neighborhood Tour - Electric Bike, Bikes and Nite Tour - Electric Bike, Lakefront Segway Tour.
Chicago is one of the best restaurant cities in America with some of the most popular chefs in the country offering avant-garde cuisine. The city has a number of ethnic
restaurant districts including; Little Italy, Greektown and Chinatown. Chicago is also known for its signature dishes such as; deep-dish pizza and the Italian beef sandwich.
For authentic Mexican dishes head to Pilsen in the Lower West Side of the city. The neighbourhood is noted for its exciting Mexican restaurants. Andersonville is popular for its Swedish delicatessens and bakeries as well as an incessant Swedish cultural presence. Hyde Park is a neighbourhood that has an established soul food restaurant scene along with other cuisines. It has was home to of Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali.
For fine dining; Spiaggia (980 North Michigan Avenue) offers lavish Italian cuisine courtesy of its award winning chef – Tony Mantuano. Pizzeria Uno (29 East Ohio Street) is renowned for its legendary deep-dish pizza, a Chicagoan classic. Rosebud Steakhouse (192 East Walton Street) offers delectable steaks that are popular among residents and visitors alike.
The fashion offerings in Chicago will blow you away; there is nothing one can’t find in this fashion savvy metropolis. The Magnificent Mile (a section of Michigan Avenue) features some of the swankiest boutiques and more, hence the name. The mile features everything from mid range labels to exclusive boutiques to satisfy any trend setter’s needs. There are a number of luxury department stores including; Barney’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Macys. The street also has a large concentration of designer boutiques such as; Prada, Chanel, Vera Wang, Givenchy and Bottega Veneta.
To bag that bargain look no further than Chicago Premier Outlets in Aurora. There are several high street type of stores as well as high end boutiques. Shops include; Banana Republic Factory Store, True Religion, Juicy Couture, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors. Retailers offer discounts of 25% to 60%. Another great spot for discount shopping is Gurnee Mills in Gurnee. The mall has several popular stores including; Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch Factory Store and Tommy Hilfiger Company Outlet.
A number of Suburbs offer shopping for those who are in the market for more of a rare find, vintage perhaps? Chicago suburbs such as Lakeview and Hyde Park; have eclectic art galleries, antique stores and independent boutiques.
Warmest month is usually July. Coldest month is usually January. The highest recorded temperature is 41 oC. The lowest recorded temperature is -33 oC.
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