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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

Getting There
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.

Getting Around
The 'El' railway circles The Loop, the central shopping and theatre district.

Must See and Do
Take an Untouchables Tour to revisit the city's gangster history.

Untouchables Tour
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.

Sears Tower
The Sears Tower

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Sears Tower
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
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.

Shedd Aquarium
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 Beluga Whales.

Adler Planetarium
Features 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 Ernest Hemingway.

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.

Chicago White Sox
Go see the Chicago White Sox or Cubs play baseball!

Grant Park
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.

Navy Pier
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

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