Holidays To Chicago

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Grey high-rises, top chefs, rocking fairs – the Windy City would sweep you away with its subtle urbane excellence. It's difficult to know what to look at first. Aerial structures are all over, from the steep, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry's plunging silver Pritzer Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright's tinted glass Robie House. Fanciful public art spots the roads, so you're strolling down and bang, there's a symbolic Picasso figurine that's not only elegant to view, but you're also permitted to go right up and ascend it. For art museums, there’s plenty of choices: mimic showpieces at the huge Art Institute, multicolored paintings at the medium Museum of Mexican Art or visitor sketches at the tiny Intuit gallery. Chicago knows how to rock a carnival. Amid March and September, it holds about 200 parties. The forte is music. Blues Fest ushers half a million visitors to Grant Park to listen to guitar notes slide and bass lines roll, all for free, and Lollapalooza's is a three-day huge-celebration. Book holidays to Chicago with Travel Center and profit from our all-inclusive holidays which consist of affordable flights, cheap accommodation and adjustable booking options. We at Travel Center are committed to make sure that your holiday to Chicago is unforgettable!

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Time Zone

UTC/GMT -6:00 hours

Airlines Flying

United Airlines, British Airways, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada

Languages

English

Best Time to Travel

April to May, October

Modes of Transport

Water taxi, Bicycle, Taxi, Car, Bus

Currency Exchange Rate

1.00 GBP = 1.47 USD

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT

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Shedd Aquarium

The John G. Shedd Aquarium receives over 2 million guests every year and is one of the most visited places in Chicago. It is located in Chicago’s Museum Campus. The aquarium has over 80 habitats that are home to 32,000 different aquatic animals from all around the world and also features a live ‘Aquatic Show’ and ‘Penguin Encounter’. The animals that can be experienced here include beluga whales, Pacific white sided dolphins, Alaska sea otters and California sea lions.

Adler Planetarium

This planetarium is situated along the side of Lake Michigan and is home to one of the world’s most technologically advanced dome theaters. It is the country’s first planetarium and is very popular with both tourists and locals. It includes nine exhibitions and multiple theaters and visitors have the opportunity of occupying a life sized Mars Rover. The Atwood Sphere section of the Planetarium provides a view of what the night sky looked like in 1913. A 30 minute show called ‘Destination Solar System’ highlights the best of the solar system.

The Field Museum

This museum takes you back in time and holds over 4.5 billion years of history within its walls. It features an ancient Egyptian tomb with mummies, Book of the Dead and other Egyptian artifacts and is one of the few museums in the USA to do so. It takes you through life on earth during the past 4 billion years and how precious stones evolve from rough stones to sparkling jewelery. Also found here is the world’s largest and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex which has been nicknamed SUE.

The Museum of Science and Industry

This is the Western Hemisphere’s largest science center and was the first in North America to allow visitors to touch and interact with the exhibits. Some examples of this include making a giant heart beat in time to your own, opening a Chicago river drawbridge for a model train, running in a human sized hamster wheel and exploring a World War II German submarine. Other exhibits are a basketball court that includes a virtual instructor, the Science Storms exhibit, a 20 foot Tesla coil and a 30 foot avalanche disc.

Navy Pier

This pier covers an area of 50 acres of lakefront territory in Chicago and is a city within a city. There are multiple things to do here to pass the time including shopping, restaurants, parks and gardens, museums, stages and attractions. It has a dining cruise and a 150 foot Ferris wheel. During the summer, there is a magnificent fireworks show twice a week. The Navy Pier is also home to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and is known for creating great productions.

Millennium Park

One of the more newer places to visit in Chicago, it has fast become a favorite place for both tourists and locals. Free concerts and performances are held here all through the year. The Millenium Park includes a 5 acre garden and can be explored on a rented bicycle. One of the centerpieces of the park is the Crown Fountain that has images of Chicago citizens with water spouting from their mouths.

Grant Park

Located between towering architecture and the lakefront Grant Park covers over 300 acres of space and offers a host of activities including bike rides, softball and live music at the Grant Park Music Festival. The park is also known for its flashy spectacles such as the Buckingham Fountain that shoots out water every hour and public art such as the Agora art installation that has hundred tall headless figures that are nine feet tall and are faced in multiple directions.

Lincoln Park

What makes this park so wonderful is its scenic outdoors perfectly representing Chicago’s motto of ‘ City in a Garden’. The Lincoln Park zoo is situated here and features a host of family-friendly exhibits. The Café Bauer located here offers great food and drink. Other attractions found in Lincoln Park include the Orchid House, the Fernery, the Palm House and the Show House.

Cloud Gate

This is one of Chicago’s iconic sculptures and is commonly known as ‘The Bean’ due to its bean like shape. Its unique design and shiny exterior provides distorted reflections that make for great photo opportunities. All you need to do is to make your way around and under it to enjoy all the reflections on its every curve. At nighttime the bean turns black and the only thing that could define its shape are the city lights.

The Magnificient Mile

The Magnificient Mile is the heart of Chicago’s dining scene and is a great place to get some shopping done. It gets its name from the fact that it has 1 mile of stores starting on Michigan Avenue and heading North to Oak Street. The stores here are varied and sell items such as clothes, jewelry, toys and pet items. It is an absolute mecca for tourists and business people.