About Chicago

Chicago, the bustling, happening and forever-busy city of America has to its credit a host of monikers like the 'Phoenix City', '2nd City', and 'Windy City', to name a few. Officially designated as the 'Emerald City' it is considered to be the city that metaphorically and literally rose from the ashes like the 'Phoenix' after the great Chicago fire in 1871, to be reborn and become a story of resilience and courage. By 1893 'The Columbian Exposition' proclaimed that Chicago was ready to take its place on the global economic and cultural stage. This indomitable spirit ensured that within two decades the population had nearly doubled and today it is the most populous city in Illinois according to the 2017 Census. The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and witnessed a collective sense of purpose in evolving into the city having the most prestigious urban planning and zonal standards. The city today boasts of uber-savvy infrastructures, spellbinding architectural marvels, beautiful scenery, swanky malls, cozy and welcoming coffee shops, technology giants, captivating culture, and nightlife to drool over. Identified as a sports hub, the city boasts of an internationally-renowned,  National Football League, and National Basketball Association. It is also famous for having top international-level universities. When one is in Chicago don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the all-exclusive Chicago-style hot dogs and pizza joints. Blend in with the hustle and bustle of the windy city and get down and dirty with all things Chicago, a city with a personality where every moment spent is never deemed boring or bland.

Public Transport System

Rail, Buses, Metro, Uber, Taxi, Bike, Cab

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness:High; Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

  • By bus

By bus, the fare cost is $10 to $12.

By taxi and cab

By taxi and cab, the fare cost is $12 to $14.

  • The black minimum fare is $15.75
  • Black base fare cost is $7.75
  • 20-minute trip in Chicago by Uber fare costs $14.70
  • Cab fare costs are $2.25
  • Taxi: $2.60

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 2.00
Cup of Coffee USD 4.00
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.00
Rice/Kg USD 4.00
White Bread USD 3.00
Eggs (12) USD 2.00
Combo Meal USD 15.00
Fine Dining USD 65.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 2.00
Domestic Beer USD 5.00
Imported Beer USD 7.00
Bottle of Wine USD 14.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 13.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 1.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 3.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 1825.00

Do(s):

  • See concerts and public art that is of immense importance
  • Hop abroad and go on Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
  • Get atop the Willis Tower skyscraper for breathtaking 360-degree views of the Chicago skyline and dare to get onto the ledge for an experience of a lifetime
  • Watch the stellar plays at the Chicago Theatre
  • Experience Jazz music 
  • Try the gourmet sausage at Hot ’’G-Dog’’
  • Check out the gastronomical delights at Alinea
  • Get to know about the impressive buildings from the best point possible, aboard a boat on the Chicago River like that of the Willis Tower, Marina City, Merchandise Mart, to name a few.

Don’t(s):

  • Never compare Chicago to New York City
  • Never visit during the winter
  • Truly remarkable as a tourist activity is to look down on Chicago’s skyline, from the city’s skyscrapers but don’t pay for it
  • Wherever possible use public transport as parking can be expensive, confusing, and also a costly affair
  • Don’t skip the Art Institute, and don’t expect to see it all in one hour
  • Don’t amble along on the lakefront trail and pose a problem for runners and cyclists
  • Don’t miss out on the parks
  • Don’t miss out on the small, beautiful beaches
  • It is good not to waste money on Broadway shows
  • Never skip the museums here

Night Life

The nightlife in Chicago is just perfect for a night owl's nocturnal rendezvous and is not restricted to bars and night clubs. It is also a hub for Jazz clubs, laugh-a-minute comedy shows, swanky speakeasies, sultry Blues, and craft breweries. The clubs are the best place to enjoy music. It is a good idea to invite one's friends to the party as Chicago is all about kicking back and hanging out. There are also sophisticated piano bars here. In the comedy circuit, Chicago is one of the top cities for entertainment and does not fail to disappoint with people like Marlon Wayans having his sold-out shows there. One can also enjoy the Thirsty Ears Festival and the Chicago Drinking Play. It is one of the most popular games revolved around drinking and laughing. Feel like some exciting dance music with the best DJs? Then the smart bars are for you. Check out the Berlin Club, a true gay club for a taste of something unique and out-of-the-ordinary.

Must See

  • View Chicago's skyline and Lake Michigan from the 360 Chicago Observation Deck.
  • Check out the must-see museums.
  • Get the all-inclusive Chicago Explorer Pass and save 40% off entrance fees. Get to see 3, 4, or 5 attractions. 
  • Helicopter flight at night - a unique and exhilarating thing to do.
  • Take the hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
  • Visit Lake Meadows Shopping Center, Marshfield Plaza, and Riverview Plaza for shopping.
  • One must visit Magnificent Mile, that is a premier commercial district. 
  • Skydeck Chicago is also a must-see.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo. 

Experiences

Activities to do:

  • Be prepared to get enthralled once you watch the live show of the world-renowned Israeli dance and percussion troop Mayumana.
  • It is good to visit Millenium Park at the heart of the city.
  • Grant Park with its notable attractions is a happening urban park right in the central business district.
  • Chicago Riverwalk is another exhilarating and fun activity involving dining, fishing, kayaking, and wine.
  • The lakefront trail is a good thing to enjoy for walking, jogging, and cycling.

Activities

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright Memory Game: Fans of Wright, young and old, will enjoy the Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Memory Game, which features 36 pairs of cards showcasing various shapes and designs Wright used in his art glass windows, carpets, skylights and more.

  • The average Chicago winter generates 38 inches of snow, but you can make it snow year-round on the city’s skyscrapers with a snow globe.

  •  Tiffany Elsa Peretti Bean Pendant for all those into the extravagant.

  • 1930 Al Capone Special Edition Armored Cadillac Model

  • Chicago Ties for their quirky designs.

  • Garrett Popcorn in a multitude of flavors and packed in very interesting boxes.

  • Pick up some Muddy Waters or a compilation album, or sample some Chicago Jazz CDs at local stores.

  • Take back some Half Acre Beer Company beer.

  • Sue gold-plated ornament for its Hollywood-inspired designs.

  • Wild Blossom Mead, a honey wine, which has a very unique taste.

  • Sports jerseys of various Chicago-based teams.

Official Language

English

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Currency

US Dollar (USD)

Population

2.72 (Millions)

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Weather

Broken Clouds 18.23°C

TimeZone

09:13 AM (GMT -05:00)

 

Ambulance

911

 

Police

911

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type B
Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)

Airport Name / IATA Code

O'Hare International Airport - ORD

Airport Name / IATA Code

MDW - Chicago Midway International Airport

Best time to visit

May, June, August, September, and October are some of the best times to visit because the weather is pleasant and averages between 12 to 21-degree Celcius. There are also seasonal facilities that are provided here.

Moderate time to visit

November, December, January, and February are moderate times of the year and also when prices dip in hotels. and restaurants. Theater week is also celebrated during these months.

Worst time to visit

March, April, May, and July are when the season is really cold with the temperatures sometimes below 0-degree C, which decreases chances for any form of outdoor activity.

Taxi

Start Tariff: USD 3.25

1 Km. Tariff: USD 1.40

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: USD 24.00

Available service

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