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Chicago, the "Windy City" as it is often called, lies along the shores of Lake Michigan. It is known for its vibrant arts scene, numerous cultural attractions, excellent shopping, and interesting architecture. Steely skyscrapers, top chefs, rocking festivals – the Windy City will blow you away with its low-key cultured awesomeness.
Chicago knows how to rock a festival. Between March and September it throws around 200 shindigs. The specialty is music. Blues Fest brings half a million people to Grant Park to hear guitar notes slide and bass lines roll, all for free. During the three-day Lollapalooza mega-party, rock bands thrash while the audience dances in an arm-flailing frenzy. Smaller, barbecue-scented street fests take place in the neighborhoods each weekend – though some rival downtown for star power on their stages (oh, hey, Olivia Newton-John at Northalsted Market Days).
Chicago is a maniacal sports town, with a pro team for every season, the Chicago White Sox and Cubs in baseball, the Chicago Bears in American football, and the Chicago Bulls in basketball. Watching a game is a local rite of passage, whether you slather on the blue-and-orange body paint for a Bears football game, join the raucous baseball crowd in Wrigley Field's bleachers, or plop down on a bar stool at the neighborhood tavern for whatever match is on TV. Count on making lots of spirited new friends. Should the excitement rub off and inspire you to get active yourself, the city's 26 beaches and 580 parks offer a huge array of play options.
The city enjoys a worldwide reputation as a focal point of 20th century architecture and art, with architects such as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, and artists like Picasso, Mirõ, Dubuffet, and Chagall having left their mark.
High-flying architecture is everywhere, from the stratospheric, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry's swooping silver Pritzker Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright's stained-glass Robie House. Whimsical public art studs the streets; you might be walking along and wham, there's an abstract Picasso statue that's not only cool to look at, you're allowed to go right up and climb on it. For art museums, take your pick: impressionist masterpieces at the massive Art Institute, psychedelic paintings at the mid-sized Museum of Mexican Art or outsider drawings at the small Intuit gallery.
Address: 960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA. Phone:+1 773-890-0588
Creative cocktails & small bites define this sophisticated, stylish bar.
Address: 1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA. Phone:+1 773-252-1500
Swanky cocktail lounge with intricate drinks in super creative presentations & clever small bites.
Address: 955 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, USA. Phone:+1 312-226-0868
Tiki drinks (flaming options included), 200+ rums & luau bites in a retro Polynesian-island setting.
Address: 435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA. Phone:+1 312-610-4220
Bar with more than 300 varieties of whiskey plus movie nights & DJs spinning punk/rock/ska music.Address: 2771 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA. Phone:+1 773-472-2771
Chef Grant Achatz draws foodies with New American tasting menus featuring highly creative plates.Address: 1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USAPhone:+1 312-867-0110
Adventurous small plates plus house-cured meats & a lengthy wine list in small, lively quarters.
Address: The Shops at North Bridge, 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA. Phone:+1 312-464-1744
The open kitchen at this upscale "diner" works with ingredients ranging from bologna to foie gras.
Address: 800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA. Phone:+1 312-929-4580
Hot spot where Stephanie Izard serves up innovative small plates from a dramatic open kitchen.
Address: 809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA. Phone:+1 312-492-6262
An airy, upscale restaurant serving seasonal New American dishes inspired by coastal Maine.
Address: 1639 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA. Phone:+1 312-360-9500
Chicago is a walking city with an easy-to-navigate downtown grid. Madison Street divides the city north and south, while State Street divides it east and west. The State/Madison intersection marks the origin of Chicago's address grid system. Addresses are relative to the distance from that mark, with eight blocks to every mile. So an address of 3600 North Clark means that it is 36 blocks north of Madison.
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation's second largest public transportation system – serving the City of Chicago and 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus. Pay cash for single trip rides or purchase a reloadable Ventra Transit Card or Unlimited Ride Pass for added savings.
‘L' Trains: Not all of Chicago's eight ‘L' lines are "elevated." They do, however, connect the city via above-ground, street-level and subway trains and serve 144 rail stations all over town, making the ‘L' one of the most efficient and affordable methods of transportation available. Two lines operate 24 hours a day: the Blue Line, which connects the airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown.
Buses: More than 100 routes lace the city; buses stop every few blocks. Several lines operate 24 hours a day. Exact change is required for cash fare.
Acceptable on buses using exact change only in dollar bills or coins; no transfers available.
Single ride: $2.25
TAXIS- Taxis are plentiful and easy to hail downtown, at the airports and throughout many Chicago neighborhoods. You can also electronically hail (E-Hail) a taxicab through a mobile app. CHICABS offers safe and secure options for a Chicago taxicab ride. CHICABS approved apps ARRO and CURB also let passengers electronically pay (E-Pay) for the taxicab fare through the app.
Credit cards are accepted in all taxi cabs by city mandate. It is standard to tip the driver about 15-20% of the fare, plus $1-2 per bag if the driver helps you with luggage. Sample taxi fare between downtown and O'Hare Airport is $40-50, and between Midway Airport is $30-35 (tip not included).
WATER TAXIS - For fast, affordable and fun connections between Chicago's top tourist destinations, Chicago Water Taxi by Wendella Boats and Shoreline Water Taxi are the perfect combination of sightseeing and convenient transportation. During the warm weather season, travel on these fun water rides to popular visitor sites such as Chinatown, Museum Campus, Willis Tower, Michigan Avenue, Union Station and more.
Fares : Single ride: $3.00-8.00 and Day pass: $11.00-29.00