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.

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Roger St. Pierre

Essex, UK

Roger St. Pierre has visited 131 countries and is the author of 33 published books. Over the years, his prolific writings have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide.