Always wanted to see that iconic skyline for yourself? Head to Chicago, a thriving international city boasting spectacular architecture, fabulous food and more things to do than you could ever fit into one trip.
Chicago truly is a culture lover’s dream. It has world-class museums and a fantastic live music scene – which is no wonder, considering Chicago’s impressive jazz and blues heritage.
The city boasts nearly 70 museums, including the Field Museum which houses the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus Rex. There’s also the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest of its kind in the Western hemisphere. And art lovers will have a field day here, visiting the fantastic Art Institute of Chicago along with countless independent galleries.
This Illinois gem is also very beautiful, known for its miles of waterways and green spaces. In fact, a good chunk of the city is parkland, with the most famous being Lincoln Park. Here, you’ll even find a free zoo and conservatory.
Chicago also happens to be right next door to one of the world’s largest lakes, the stunning Lake Michigan with its bright blue waters. With its lakeside trails, parks and even beaches, this makes the city feel a little like a seaside destination.
But as a striking contrast, the windy city is also known as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and now has over 100 soaring structures making up its famous cityscape. If you’re an architecture fan, you’ll love spotting the perfectly preserved Art Deco styles mixed in with cutting-edge modern designs.
And of course, this is a place famous for its food, the diversity of which is down to its many multi-cultural neighbourhoods. Must-try dishes include a classic Chicago deep-dish stuffed crust pizza, along with Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.
Love an IPA? The city is a leader in the nation’s craft beer movement, with more than 60 active breweries. You can taste your way around them all, or visit in summer to attend one of the famous Chicago Friday Night Flights – offering a taste of each neighbourhood in each session.
Plan your trip to Chicago today!