Chicago Travel Information
The Windy City is the jewel in
America's Midwest crown, with mighty Lake Michigan the perfect foil for
Chicago's glittering skyscapers.
Immortalised in song by Frank
Sinatra, Chicago successfully combines past and present, from classical
19th century buildings to the high-tech Sears Tower.
Lake Side View
Chicago is home to some of
America's most spectacular architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright and
Louis Sullivan amongst the architects that created the city.
Chicago offers a theatre district that is second only to New York's
Broadway, a very wide selection of museums, superb shopping, a host of
blues and jazz clubs and, unlike most major American cities, it also has
its own beaches.
With a heart, soul and rhythm all of its own
Chicago is certainly 'our kind of town'.
Chicago Travel Information
Scheduled flights to Chicago can be
booked with direct flights from the UK at Hessle Travel. The flight time
to Chicago is approx 8 hours.
The 'El' railway circles The Loop, the central shopping and theatre
Must See and Do
Untouchables Tour to revisit the city's gangster history.
Take an Untouchables Tour
Marvel at the view from the Sears Tower
Skydeck or the 94th floor of the John Hancock Centre, take a boat tour
on the Chicago River or see the attractions on navy Pier.
Buy a whole
new wardrobe on Michigan Avenue's 'Magnificent Mile'.
There are 6,000
restaurants and nightlife varies from comedy clubs to experimental
theatre, Irish pubs to Blues Clubs - something for everyone.
The Sears Tower
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On a clear day from the 103rd floor skydeck you
can see not only a magnificent view of Chicago but also the statues of
Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.
The city offers some varied and fascinating buildings - amongst the most
photographed are the Wrigley Building, Water Tower and of course, Sears
Tower and the John Hancock Building.
Chicago has 29 miles of shoreline and its beaches are open from Memorial
Day (late May) to Labor Day (early September). The two most popular and
crowded are North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach.
Oak Street Beach
Lincoln Park Zoo
A 35 acre
urban zoo which first opened in 1868. The zoo is renowned for its ape
house and also offers lions, elephants and polar bears. Free of charge.
With more than 6,000 aquatic
animals from around the world, the Shedd Aquarium is the world's largest
indoor aquarium. The highlights are the Coral Reef Exhibit and the
four galleries of exhibits and a 'Star Rider' theatre which offers a
'Journey to Infinity' imaginary trip once an hour.
Chicago has a museum to suit almost everyone. Choose
from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art,
Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Museum
and DuSable Museum of African-American History. Located in his former
home, just outside the city, is the museum dedicated to the writer
Chicago is a big
sporting city. The city is home to the once great Chicago Bulls
(basketball), the Chicago Bears (American Football) and the Chicago
White Sox and Cubs (baseball. If you cannot get a ticket, check out the
action at one of the numerous sports bars.
Go see the Chicago White Sox or Cubs play baseball!
Bordered by Chicago's fantastic skyline and Lake
Michigan, the park is home to the Art Institute of Chicago, a variety of
gardens, tennis courts and softball diamonds.
Completely renovated in the mid 1990's it is now one of the cities most
bustling and appealing entertainment centres containing shops, a
carousel, 15 storey ferris wheel, an ice-skating rink and a theatre.
Chicago - Highlights
> Go to a sporting
event - basketball, baseball and American football are all popular and
offer an authentic Chicago experience
> Check out the theatre.
Chicago has lots of great 'Broadway' shows
> Shop at the out of
town Gurnee Mills Mall - designer brands at bargain prices