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Night Skyline. Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock
Night Skyline. Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock
The Cloud Gate. Thomas Barrat/Shutterstock
The Cloud Gate. Thomas Barrat/Shutterstock
Navy Pier, Chicago. Tupungato/Shutterstock
Navy Pier, Chicago. Tupungato/Shutterstock
Chicago Field Museum. MaxyM/Shutterstock
Chicago Field Museum. MaxyM/Shutterstock
City Skyline. Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock
City Skyline. Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock
Chicago city and river. Yaromir/Shutterstock
Chicago city and river. Yaromir/Shutterstock
Boat Chicago River. Jessicakirsh/Shutterstock
Boat Chicago River. Jessicakirsh/Shutterstock
Soldiers Field. Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock
Soldiers Field. Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock

Chicago Information

Chicago is situated on Lake Michigan in the State of Illinois and is the third biggest city in the United Sates with a population close to 10 million people. First settled in the 1780’s, its name is derived from the Native American word “Shikaakwa” meaning “wild garlic” which grew abundantly in the area prior to human settlement.

Starting as an outpost, Chicago has grown to become a world Alpha City and its O’Hare International Airport is the world’s third busiest airport for takeoffs and landings. Chicago is nicknamed the Windy City, not because of its weather, but its rivalry with Cincinnati who labelled Chicagoans as braggarts as when constructing the city skyscrapers initially, they didn’t think about the impact the wind would have on the on the cities streets below.

As a tourist destination Chicago has plenty of attractions and interesting places to see. The loop in the CBD is a great starting point for seeing the city’s architecture from the world’s first high-rises to the cloud piercing Willis Tower, Chicago’s most recognisable icon and Americas second tallest building at 1,451metres tall. The Skydeck offers spectacular views with a glass balcony four feet outside the 103rd floor.

Getting away from the downtown bustle and still within the Loop is Millennium Park that features the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. One of the nation’s greatest open-air venues, The Pavilion is home to the Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival and is often used for music and theatrical performances. Millennium Park also features some of Chicago’s best outdoor sculptures including the famous Cloud Gate that is nicknamed by many as “The Bean” because of its appearance.

North of the Loop is the Magnificent Mile an area of Chicago known for its fun and excitement. The mile is where you find the cities best shopping during the day and infectious nightlife after dark. Located on the Shoreline and wharf side of the Loop is Navy Pier renowned as the number one tourist attraction in Chicago. The Pier is also the place to go if you want to book a river cruise.

Other great places not to miss visiting in Chicago include the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum, Chicago Theatre, Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatory.

Downtown Chicago Skyline. Photo Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock
Downtown Chicago Skyline. Photo Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock
Chicago Theatre on North State Street. f11photo/Shutterstock
Chicago Theatre on North State Street. f11photo/Shutterstock