Set beside Lake Michigan, the Windy City is a crossroad of culture, that is famous for its epic skyscraper strewn skyline.
The largest city in America’s Mid West was a trading post; erected the world’s first skyscraper, and was the haunt of Al Capone and the mob. Today it’s a world-class destination for business and tourism alike that draws in tourists from across the world.
Things to know before you go
- Keep an eye on the weather forecasts. Summers can be very hot and humid, winters bitterly cold – and it can change dramatically overnight, especially when the wind nicknamed ‘The Mighty Hawk’ breezes in. Always make sure to pack the right gear.
- Chicago’s strong musical heritage means you’ll still find plenty of rare collectables in atmosphere-laden vintage record stores, especially around The Loop. Vinyl here is still king.
- Chicago operates a comprehensive network of buses and subway trains that make getting around this sprawling city a easy and affordable too.