Chicago Travel Guide

 

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Chicago draws visitors from around the globe in search of world class shopping, museums, improv comedy, and the finest deep dish pizza in all the land.

Flights to Chicago

Chicago’s two major commercial international airports, O’Hare and Midway, provide travelers with a wide range of options when it comes to airlines, routes, and cheap flights to Chicago. If the expansion that many hope for actually takes place at Gary-Chicago International Airport, travelers in the Chicagoland area could see a third major commercial travel airport in the future.

O’Hare International Airport (ORD): O’Hare remains one of the busiest airports in the world. It serves as a hub for United Airlines, and it functions as a gateway to domestic and international destinations for travelers from across the U.S. If you travel to O’Hare and don’t feel like springing for a taxi, head to the Blue Line of the “L” and take the train into the city.

Midway International Airport (MDW): Located on the southwest side of Chicago and serving as one of Southwest Airlines’ major airports, Midway is a viable (and some would say more convenient) alternative to O’Hare. Take the short hike to the Orange Line to connect with the rest of the city.

Chicago Attractions

You could spend weeks in Chicago without seeing a small fraction of what the city has to offer. However, we’ve highlighted a few attractions that are definitely worth checking out.

The Art Institute of Chicago: Home to pieces from masters throughout the ages including Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Seurat, Hopper, and Warhol.

Navy Pier: The Pier puts you right on Lake Michigan. You can shop, eat, listen to live music, and check out the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

The Second City: For decades, Second City has been a breeding ground for actors and comedians who eventually end up on Saturday Night Live, in major movies, or on primetime television. Catch one of their latest shows to see the next generation of great improv artists.

Shopping and Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago is famous for it’s food. You can find everything from celebrity chef run restaurants to small storefronts that serve up the finest Polish sausage out there. If shopping is more your thing, you’ll have no problem finding some places to spend your money.

The Magnificent Mile: The Mag Mile attracts tourists from all over the world. This section of Michigan Avenue is lined with high-end retail shops, couture clothing, and restaurants.

Chinatown: Chicago’s Chinatown, located in Armour Square, is home to shops, restaurants, festivals, and a range of cultural events.

State Street Retail Historic District: State Street offers a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere than you’ll find on the Magnificent Mile, but there’s still plenty of shopping to be done. You’ll find boutique clothiers, massive retailers, and more.

More Information on Chicago

Visit these sites for more information on Chicago:

Choose Chicago: The Official Visitors Site for Chicago

Go Chicago: Deals to local attractions.

Explore Chicago: City of Chicago Official Tourism Site

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Published: June 24, 2013