Chicago

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Chicago, also known as the Windy City, Chi-town, the City of Big Shoulders, and the Second City, is the third largest city in the US, covering 234 square miles of land and 5th largest body of fresh water in the world. The name Chicago was first recorded in 1688, where it appears as Chigagou, an Algonquian word meaning "onion field." Chicago is a multicultural and passionate sports city with diversity, heartland integrity, hard work, and 77 distinct neighborhoods.

Chicago has an impressive and historic park system with more than 8,800 acres of green space and 600 parks, 28 miles of lakefront with 24 beaches, 60 plus museums, and many fun-filled attractions such as Cloud Gate in Millenium park, museums, lincoln park zoo, skyscrapers, architectural and historic buildings. The fantastic food scene complements all these attractions with diverse and exotic cuisines throughout the city.

Visitors should take advantage of Chi-town's best public transportation systems, including buses and trains, aka "The L." They are the most affordable, reliable, and fast way to get around the city. Visitors can also take advantage of Divvy rental bikes and shared taxi rides (Uber, Lyft, etc.) CTA cards, including 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day passes, are available in the stores and train stations to enjoy the worry-free public transportation systems.

With their midwestern hospitality and culture, locals are always willing to help travelers. Chicago is known for its frigid cold and winds in winter and sweltering heat in the summer. Additionally, the weather can change quickly, so visitors should pack appropriately. In addition to the downtown, Chicago's neighborhood neighborhoods are distinct, fun, full of arts and culture, and offer a lot of dining and fun-filled activities. Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Hyder park, Old Town, Lake View, Logan Square, River North, and Streeterville are famous. Chicago CityPass is recommended for folks who want to see multiple attractions, that way; they can save money.

Most museums in Chicago offer discounts to military personnel, students, and seniors, and free days. Make sure to bring your respective IDs.

Travelers must remember or save these numbers when visiting Chicago: Police/Fire Emergency – 911, Police/Fire/City Services Nonemergency – 311.

Top Places to Visit in Chicago

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Willis Tower Skydeck

Live on the ledge

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Art Institute of Chicago

Encyclopedia of Arts

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Millennium Park & Cloud Gate

Chicago's crown jewel

Top Places to Eat in Chicago

Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe

130 E Randolph St, chicago

Brunch, Cafe, Coffee Tea
Xoco

449 N Clark St, chicago

Mexican Restaurant, Cafe
Chicago Diner

3411 N Halsted St, chicago

American (traditional), Comfort Food, Vegan Vegetarian Restaurant
Lula Cafe

2537 N Kedzie Blvd, chicago

American (new), Brunch

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