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    The Windy City

    The skyscraper’s birthplace, Chicago is dominated by soaring behemoths and some of the world’s tallest buildings, second only to New York as the USA’s financial and economic capital. But there’s much more to this culturally vibrant metropolis than big buildings and business. The Windy City lies on the vast glimmering Lake Michigan, with the Chicago River cutting a

    thrilling path through its colossal towers. Bars still echo something of the Prohibition era speakeasies – this was the home of Al Capone, after all – while there are countless music venues to get a taste of the blues for which Chicago is famous. With breathtaking art stops to boot, this is a city that doesn’t stop entertaining.

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    Top 10 sights in Chicago

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    Sears Tower

    233 South Wacker Drive
    60606 Chicago
    Tel: 312 875 0066
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2200

    The tallest building in the world for a quarter of a century, the Sears (now known as Willis) Tower sees one million visitors a year on its observation deck.

    The Millennium Park

    201 East Randolph Street
    60602 Chicago
    Tel: 312 742 1168
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0600-2300

    This beautiful green space features an incredible stainless steel pavilion, as well as awe-inspiring artwork such as Anish Kapoor’s mirrored sphere, Cloud Gate.

    Navy Pier

    600 East Grand Avenue
    60611 Chicago
    Tel: 312 595 7437
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thurs 1000-2000
    Fri-Sat 1000-2200
    Sun 1000-1900

    A long-standing favourite with tourists is the pier pointing out into Lake Michigan and boasting an enormous Ferris wheel. It’s currently undergoing a major renovation but remains largely open.

    Art Institute of Chicago

    111 South Michigan Avenue
    60603 Chicago
    Tel: 312 443 3600
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    Opening times:
    Fri-Wed 1030-1700
    Thurs 1030-2000

    One of the biggest art galleries in the USA (second after New York’s Metropolitan), the Institute has a breathtaking new Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano.

    Architectural Tour

    224 South Michigan Avenue
    60604 Chicago
    Tel: 312 922 3432
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    The Architecture Foundation offers a fantastic river cruise that guides you through Chicago’s best lofty landmarks.

    The Wrigley Building

    400-410 North Michigan Avenue
    60611 Chicago
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1700

    Paying homage to Seville’s 16th-century cathedral, the white Wrigley Building was built in 1924 as the headquarters of William Wrigley’s chewing gum empire.

    Tribune Tower

    435 North Michigan Avenue
    60611 Chicago
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    A terrifying neo-Gothic skyscraper opposite the Wrigley Building, the Tribune dates back to 1925. Its top is modelled on the Rouen Cathedral in Normandy, France.

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    330 North Wabash Avenue
    60611 Chicago
    Tel: 312 621 8550
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    West of the Tribune lies the striking black space-tower designed by Ludwig Mies van de Rohe.

    Trump Tower

    401 North Wabash Avenue
    60611 Chicago
    Tel: 312 644 0900
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    A hotel and apartment building, this ostentatious ego-tower is the third biggest in the USA (after Willis Tower and New York’s One World Trade Center).

    Adler Planetarium

    1300 South Lake Shore Drive
    60605 Chicago
    Tel: 312 922 7827
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-1600
    Sat-Sun 0930-1630

    Claiming the title of America’s first planetarium, the highlight of the Adler is the Sky Theater and its incredible virtual-reality experience.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.


    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.


    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).


    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.


    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015

    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The elevated metro in The Loop, known as the ‘L’ train, is good for getting around, and a worthy attraction in its own right. Most of the lines now run 24 hours a day; visit for information about passes. The Metra commuter rail system services the suburbs and nearby cities, while over 100 bus routes operate through the city.


    The Loop area is full of taxis that are easily hailed in the street. They’re charged by meter, with a 15% tip being the norm.


    Nightlife in Chicago


    Chicago has countless nightlife options, from the bars and clubs in and around The Loop, to spots in hip districts like Wicker Park.

    It’s also one of America’s most musical cities, so be sure to check out some live blues and jazz.

    Green Mill Jazz Club

    4802 North Broadway Avenue
    60640 Chicago
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    This legendary music spot is classic Chicago, taking you back to the days of prohibition, with live music from jazz masters.

    Second City

    1616 North Wells Street
    60614 Chicago
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    Bringing the laughs for 50 years and specialising in sketches, legendary comedy club Second City launched the likes of local-born Bill Murray.

    Redhead Piano Bar

    16 West Ontario Street
    60654 Chicago
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    Half a century old, this romantic piano bar offers sultry tunes and delicious cocktails in a small but swanky setting.

    Buddy Guy

    700 Wabash, Wabash
    60605 Chicago
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    As the pioneer of urban blues, Chicago is awash with blues bars. This one was started by a true legend, Buddy Guy, in 1989.

    Empty Bottle

    1035 N Western Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    United States
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    A classic grunge venue that lies away from the centre in the so-called Ukrainian district, Empty Bottle is famous for hosting up-and-coming bands before they make it big.


    Restaurants in Chicago


    From pizza and hot dogs to ethnic food and haute cuisine, Chicago’s restaurants can satisfy any palate.


    2119 South Halsted Street, Pilsen
    60608 Chicago
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    Price: Expensive

    Hidden away in the unlikely Pilsen neighbourhood, this chic restaurant serves up an exciting, eclectic menu.

    Park Grill

    11 North Michigan Avenue
    60602 Chicago
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    Price: Expensive

    For terrific burgers and steak, head to this smart, traditional American restaurant overlooking Millennium Park.


    615 West Randolph Street
    60661 Chicago
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    Price: Moderate

    A fun, lively joint with shared tables and sleek wooden interior, Avec serves up such meaty treats as slow-roasted pork and braised lamb neck.

    Pizzeria Uno

    29 E Ohio St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    United States
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    Price: Cheap

    With a history dating back to 1943, this pizzeria claims to have invented the deep-pan pizza. Today it’s the flagship of a pizza-pie empire.

    Antique Taco

    1360 North Milwaukee Avenue
    60622 Chicago
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    Price: Cheap

    Husband-and-wife team Rick and Ashley Ortiz serve Mexican food as good as anywhere this side of ‘La Frontera’.


    Calendar of events

    Chicago Gospel Music Festival

    29 – 31 May 2015


    Venue: Various venues

    More than 50 performers take to three stages for this family event taking place over four days at three different locations.

    Chicago Blues Festival

    12 – 14 June 2015


    Venue: Various venues and locations in the heart of the city

    Billed as the ‘largest outdoor, free admission blues festival in the world’, this popular four-day event showcases international, national and local Chicago artists on five main stages as well as in a host of other, smaller venues. A great atmosphere takes over the city as over 750,000 people flock to the various venues to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the live musical performances. Numerous food and beverage stalls are liberally scattered around the festival site providing plenty of tasty dishes and drinks for the visitors.

    Taste of Chicago Festival

    8 – 12 July 2015


    Venue: Grant Park

    Claiming to be the world’s largest outdoor food-fest, this event is a gastronomical extravaganza that annually attracts around three million people. Your taste buds will go wild sampling more than 200 different items from a variety of cuisines like American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Irish, African and more.

    Chicago Flower & Garden Show

    10 – 20 March 2016

    Venue: Lake County Fair

    Displaying everything from wonderful floral arrangements to the latest gardens tools and technology, this is a great event to look for inspiration and ideas for your own garden. Expert growers, florists and gardeners are on hand to give advice either on the stands or through a series of fun and interactive lectures and workshops. New features for the latest shows include advice on growing your own produce and an amateur garden photography competition.

    St Patrick's Day Parade

    March 2016

    Venue: Downtown

    A spectacular event for all the family, steeped in history and tradition. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon, at Balbo Avevnue and goes north on Columbus Drive to Monroe Sreet.

    Cinco de Mayo Parade

    5 May 2016

    Venue: Marshall Boulevard

    A colourful parade with marching bands makes its way along Marshall Boulevard as part of the city’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Numerous vendors line the streets and huge crowds gather to watch the procession go by. Celebrated by Mexican-American communities throughout the US, the parade is held to remember the victory the Mexican forces had over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on 5 May, 1862. Embarrassed by the defeat, the French were to return with a bigger army and eventually took Mexico City in 1864 but the day of the original battle has gone down in history as the triumph of the Mexican spirit and is celebrated throughout North America.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Chicago


    Whether seeking a cheap hotel room or an ultra-luxurious suite, Chicago has a plethora of each with a lot of in-between.

    Travellers should always check for special rates or promotions, particularly during Winter Delights (Nov-Feb) or other special events.

    The James Chicago

    55 E Ontario St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    United States
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    Category: Expensive

    With plenty of contemporary artwork, a lively bar and good steaks, this is one of the hippest high-end choices.

    The Peninsula

    108 East Superior Street
    60611 Chicago
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    Category: Expensive

    Off Michigan Avenue, The Peninsula boasts classic glamour with great views out to the lake.

    The Wit

    201 North Street
    60601 Chicago
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    Category: Moderate

    In the heart of the theatre area, this contemporary boutique option has a fabulous rooftop restaurant.

    Hotel Burnham

    1 West Washington Street
    60602 Chicago
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    Category: Moderate

    Ideally situated next to Millennium Park in the city centre, this impressive hotel is from the Kimpton eco chain of hotels.

    Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

    933 Skokie Boulevard
    60062 Chicago
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    Category: Cheap

    Plush and comfortable with big work areas for business travellers, this reasonably priced hotel also boasts a great Italian restaurant.

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    Despite being known as the Windy City, there are few tear-inducing gusts to contend with – unless you count the occasional cool breeze from Lake Michigan. The lake does, however, help to cause very cold winters, with plenty of snow. Spring is unpredictable, with many wet days, while temperatures climb well into the thirties during summer. The end of summer or autumn are the best times to visit. During this period you’ll find a huge number of music concerts and outdoor festivals, as Chicago’s inhabitants make the most of the weather.

    Climate & best time to visit United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1


    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.


    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.


    Shopping in Chicago

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    Key Areas

    As one of the USA’s economic capitals, Chicago is a bit of a retail paradise. The Miracle Mile on Michigan Avenue hosts department stores and high-end designer brands, with smaller boutiques on the neighbouring Oak Street.


    By Ogden Park in the West Loop, the Randolph Street Market is one of the best flea markets in America. There are impressive antiques to look at, as well as the hip Indie Designer Market, plus plenty of vintage clothing.

    Shopping Centres

    Bloomingdale’s Medinah Home, which was built in 1912, is worth visiting as much for the beautiful homeware on sale as the stunning building itself, said to be inspired by Andalusia’s Moorish forts.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

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