Chicago

Chicago, the seat of Illinois's Cook County and the third largest city in the country, is the focus of a consolidated metropolitan statistical area that covers the primary metropolitan statistical areas of Gary, Indiana; Kankakee, Illinois; and Kenosha, Wisconsin


There are plenty of things to do in Chicago, from admiring the breathtaking architecture to taking in a ballgame at Wrigley Field, these are the must-do activities for tourists in Chicago including tours, spectator sports, shopping and other attractions. Our nightlife doesn't stop either with plenty of bars and nightclubs, live music and comedy clubs. No matter your budget, you'll find a hotel to match so let’s start planning.


How to Travel?
The cheapest days to fly to Chicago are typically Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday and sometimes Thursdays (since higher paying business travellers typically fly there on Sundays or Mondays and return home on Friday). Look for discounts and hotel deals for weekend stays in Chicago. The cheapest days to fly to Chicago are typically Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday and sometimes Thursdays (since higher paying business travellers typically fly there on Sundays or Mondays and return home on Friday). Look for discounts and hotel deals for weekend stays in Chicago. Chicago is served by two major airports, O'Hare and Midway.


Chicago O'Hare International (ORD): Located 17 miles from the Loop, this huge facility is served by numerous international and legacy carriers, plus discount airlines including JetBlue, Spirit and Virgin America.


Chicago Midway International (MDW):This smaller facility is just 10 miles from downtown and is dominated by Southwest Airlines; other major airlines include AirTran and Delta.


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Things to DO and Places to Visit.


  • 1)   Waterway Cruises, some of the best views of Chicago are from the water — the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Whether you want to learn more about the city's history, get the inside scoop on Chicago's rich architectural legacy, watch the fireworks display at Navy Pier, or simply kick back and take in the sights, everything is an option for you.
  • 2)   The Art Institute of Chicago is a world class museum with hundreds of thousands of artworks. The diverse collection spans thousands of years and includes pieces from a variety of media including painting, prints, photography, sculpture, decorative arts, textiles, architectural drawings and more. The Institute is known for its collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings including Georges Seurat's 1884 A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte, Renoir's 1879 Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando, and numerous paintings by Claude Monet.
  • 3)   Buckingham Memorial Fountain, built in 1927 as a donation from the family, the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain is one of the largest in the world. Designed in the period's iconic Art Deco style, the central fountain is surrounded by four seahorses that represent Lake Michigan's four bordering states. From 8am to 11pm, the fountain bursts to life hourly, shooting 15,000 gallons of water through nearly 200 nozzles each minute to create an impressive display. After dusk, the water show is accompanied by lights, a must-see if you are in the neighbourhood in the evening. The fountain is the central focal point of Grant Park, Chicago's expansive public space that contains many attractions and smaller parks like Millennium Park, comparable to Central Park, one of the top attractions in New York City. One of the park's main tourist sites is Museum Campus, home to The Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium. Grant Park is also home to several gardens and recreational facilities, and hosts events, including music and food festivals.