A City Guide To Chicago.
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Chicago - known as 'The Windy City' and the jewel in America's Midwest crown. Immortalised in song by Frank Sinatra, Chicago successfully combines past and present from traditional 19th century buildings on-through the 1920's prohibition era to today's glittering skyline. Skyscrapers were invented here and today the skyline features some of America's most stunning structures. Start at the Sears Tower - it offers astonishing views from it's 103rd floor skydeck.
Places to visit in Chicago: Downtown offers many exciting cultural attractions. Experience the city's ethnic diversity from Greektown to Chinatown. Take an Untouchables tour to revisit the city's gangster history. The museum of Science & Industry has more than 2000 exhibits and is well worth a visit. Chicago has a number of outdoor sculptures by artists including Picasso, Miro and Moore Chagall.
Chicago is easy to get around, you use the 'EI' railway which circles The Loop, the central shopping and theatre district. For a break from the city drive along Chicago's Lake Michigan shoreline which is dotted with sandy beaches and hundreds of parks and harbours. If you are lucky enough to have a hotel room with a view over Lake Michigan check out the sunrise over the water, sun light floods the avenues and it's like optimism just walked into town.
Public Transportation in Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority 's (CTA) has convenient and easy-to-use bus and elevated subway train lines, including the famous “L” Loop, which will transport you around town and to most major attractions.
Free Buses travel between Navy Pier and State Street along Grand and Illinois. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, downtown free trolleys run every 20 minutes carrying passengers to some of the city's most popular museums, shopping destinations, and attractions.
Taxi's are plenty and easy to hail. During warm weather months, you can also board one of the water taxis which run along the Chicago River or lakeshore for a scenic and relaxing alternative.
Shopping in Chicago: Chicago is a shopper's fantasy come true. Imagine a place with world-class department stores, every kind of boutique from upscale to specialty shops and fabulous discount shopping and you've just begun to picture the retail adventures in store for you here. There's an incredible choice of shopping ranging from exclusive boutiques to top-class stores. Visit the 'Magnificent Mile' stretching along Michigan Avenue it houses some of Chicago's finest hotels, malls and is also the home of Gucci. In this eight-block stretch, 460 stores offer luxury items, beautiful bargains, and everything in-between.
Dining Out: Chicago is famous for two classics, pizza and hot dogs. There are over 6,000 restaurants in Chicago serving every kind of cuisine possible. Match your mood to one of the city's elegant dining spots, charming cafes, intimate bistros, convivial eateries, pizza palaces, or another of the endless alternatives.
Nightlife in Chicago: At legendary lounges, piano bars, and other great venues, the city pulses with the beat of countless live performances of jazz, mainstream and indie rock, folk and country, world music, and – of course—blues. After all, Chicago is the official home of the blues. The varied nightlife includes comedy clubs, experimental theatre, Irish pubs and of course the jazz clubs & blues bars. Check out 'Andy's' bar for a truly heart, soul & rhythm experience -Chicago style.
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