If you are undecided about whether Chicago is your next travel destination, here are six reasons why it should be.
It has a Major International Airport
With one of the world’s busiest airports on its doorstep, Chicago O’Hare Airport is one of just 10 airports globally to fly to over 200 destinations. If you are flying over Chicago anyway, why not use it as a stop-over on your journey to experience the great city? With the Visa waiver programme in place in the United States, many international travelers can travel here for up to 90 days visa free!
Famed for its bold architecture, Chicago is full of skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, and neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, all ready to be admired. The vast culture of the city has also manifested in world-famous museums, such as the Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute.
If sightseeing is your top priority, then Chicago hotels on Magnificent Mile are the best place to stay. One of the liveliest sections of Michigan Avenue, you will have access to all the sightseeing, upscale shopping, and entertainment you can handle. Be sure to check out CityPass or the GoChicago Card to save on entrance fees!
Famous Parks and Open Green Spaces
With a fantastic selection of inland Parks connected by unique tree-lined boulevards, you can experience the best of both worlds surrounded by greenery and the city backdrop. With 580 total parks, 21 beaches, and 2 botanic conservatories, you have a diverse choice of landscapes all in proximity. On the lake, Lincoln Park houses a zoo and nature boardwalk, and Grant Park is a favorite site for major music and food festivals. Make sure to always check out if the parks near you have any events scheduled when you are there!
An Effortless Transit System
As the third most populous city in the US, the transport links are very efficient. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides an extensive bus network and elevated and subway system called the “L-rail,” where red and blue lines offer a 24-hour service. The blue line stops right at the O’Hare. The Metra rail network and Pace bus service link to the suburbs outside of the city limits.
Price: 1 day CTA pass $10 / 3 day CTA pass $20
The Mouth-Watering Food
Chicago boasts a diverse range of specialty dishes that originate from the city’s ethnic and working-class roots. From the more famous deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dog to the lesser known Puerto Rican-influenced jibarito sandwich, you better hope you have time to try them all!
These are just six of many reasons to visit the impressive windy city!