You're Going to Love Chicago

If you love music, food, architecture, and art, Chicago is your kind of city.

Art lovers can spend days wandering around the Art Institute of Chicago, music lovers can spend every evening listening to blues and jazz acts at historic venues like the Green Mill, while architecture fans can join guided tours of Downtown Chicago and see every Art Deco building the city has to offer.

The Windy City is also a hub for shoppers – with the craft market at Lincoln Square, the endless supply of boutiques on Michigan Avenue, and city center malls like Water Tower Place.

Everyone can find something that their taste buds will savor, whether it’s the deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s, the burgers at DMK, the Polish food at Red Apple Buffet, or the Mexican food at Taco Joint.

You’ll never be bored when you visit the Mid West’s capital, so start planning your trip today.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Chicago

What to do in Chicago

Millennium Park
Art Institute of Chicago
Magnificent Mile
Museum of Science and Industry

When to Visit Chicago

If you are thinking about visiting Chicago, the climate is definitely a factor in deciding when to go. Between late November and March, the city can be bitterly cold, making late spring, summer, or early fall the best times to visit. A visit in September or October makes sense. The weather is pleasant and the city hosts some of its most exciting events, such as the Chicago Jazz Festival (September 1-4) and the International Film Festival (October 13-27).

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When the weather is nice in Chicago

Where to Stay in Chicago

Popular Districts

How to Get Around Chicago

The Cost of Living in Chicago

Chicago is cheaper than New York and San Francisco, but is slightly above average for American cities. Expect to pay $15-30 for a medium-range meal, $2.90 for 12 eggs and around $50 for a good pair of jeans.

Shopping Streets

Chicago’s major shopping street is Michigan Avenue (also known as the 'magnificent mile'), where you’ll find a wide array of boutiques like Chanel, J Crew, and Ermenegildo Zegna. For records, crafts and books, check out Lincoln Square. Book Cellar is ideal for readers, ornaments and antiques can be found at Eclecticity, and health and beauty products are available at Merz Apothecary.

Groceries and Other

Chicago has a broad range of supermarkets, with major names like Aldi, K-Mart, Walmart, Trader Joe’s Whole Foods, and Jewel-Osco all represented, so finding groceries will rarely be an issue. It’s also the home of Walgreen’s, so drug stores are everywhere.

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A pair of jeans
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Single public transport ticket
$2.25
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Cappuccino
$3.93
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