Chicago, also called the Windy City is one of the most visited places in North America. With nonstop entertainment and sports events throughout the year, the city has something interesting for every kind of traveler. Even the most hard to please visitor will be satisfied with the city’s eclectic atmosphere.
When to visit: The months of May, September and October are the tourist peak seasons in Chicago with respect to the climate and the ongoing activities. These months are however the most expensive ones and if you plan on visiting the city any date in between, it is recommended that you book the holiday a good 8 weeks before departure.
Winters in Chicago can be extremely cold with frequent hail and ice storms. Most travelers prefer to refrain from visiting the city during this period (January to March) unless it is completely necessary.
If you like the warmer seasons, you can opt to visit the city during the summers. These are the best times to enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, sailing or just relaxing in the water.
Getting There and Around: Chicago city is serviced by two airports. The Chicago O’ Hare is a massive world renowned terminal that caters to both domestic and international flights while the comparatively smaller Midway Airport is restricted to domestic flight carriers.
Visitors to the city would be delighted to note that most of the city’s tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other with the exception of a few landmarks which need to be reached by cab.
Nevertheless, taxis form the major forms of transportation in and around the city along with a comprehensive subway system for the farther reaches of the city. Most of the visitors though, prefer walking around the city and take cabs only when they need to travel a considerable distance.
Safety Issues: Being a huge metropolitan city, Chicago is relatively safe and there are very few incidents of theft and mugging. However, as in the case of any city, visitors are requested to stay out of deserted alleys and unknown areas. It is also recommended to travel with as little cash and valuables as possible.
With regards to health conditions, Chicago may not be your cup of tea if you are a person with heart and lung conditions. The summers tend to be dry and humid in what are called ozone action days in the city and do not suit those with the mentioned medical issues.
City Attractions: There’s so much to see and do in the city for families. Some of the popular family attractions include Hyde Park, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Sears Tower.
The Sears Tower was formerly called as the Wills Tower and was touted to be the tallest building in the entire world till 1996 after which it was surpassed by other towers around the world.
A visit to Chicago is not complete without stopping by at the world renowned Navy Pier. Open the year around, this historical landmark was built in the year 1916 and today accommodates an indoor botanical park, several gardens, shops, restaurants, cafes, an IMAX theater and an ice skating rink. It is a fabulous place to hang out with family and friends.
Chicago is a must visit for museum lovers and the city has hordes of famous museums that showcase a range of ancient artifacts and art exhibits.
Some of the more popular museums in the city include the Alder Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Children’s Museum and the Cuneo Museum and Gardens.
History buffs will definitely cherish their visit to the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art which is filled to the core with priceless artifacts, sculptures, paintings and other mixed media related items.
So the next time you plan a trip to the Windy City, take these tips into consideration to have a hassle free vacation. Bon Voyage!