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Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is one of the most popular destinations for music lovers. Famed for its bold architecture and vibrant music scene, the windy city embodies everything a thriving city should be.

Hop on a flight to the home of the electric blues, Chicago's energy is infectious. From atmospheric jazz clubs and Broadway-style theatres to Michelin-starred restaurants and designer shopping along the Magnificent Mile, it is an enticing blend of the American spirit and cosmopolitan charm. 

Chicago offers something for everyone. More sedate pleasures to enjoy include the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, which puts on a breathtaking water, light and music show during summer months, and the lively Navy Pier is filled with shops, restaurants and amusement rides. As the home of jazz and blues, a holiday to Chicago is perfect for as a music lover's paradise!

Often considered the Midwest capital of the USA, the city of Chicago goes by many names. Heart of America. City by the Lake. Just some of the casual monikers belonging to Chicago, these are known around the world as unique brands of a fabled American town. Whatever you want to call it, any hint to this symbolic metropolis will evoke images of architectural wonders, mesmerising artistic displays and boundless lifestyle accommodations. To consider oneself truly cosmopolitan, seeing Chicago and just some of what it has to offer is an absolute must.

Situated on the coast of the Great Lake Michigan, Chicago has served as one of the USA’s most important financial and transportation hubs for nearly two centuries. During this time, the communities that made Chicago their home have flourished alongside the commercial and architectural innovation of a booming American city. The result is a vibrant metropolis with a completely unique rhythm and pulse. Chicago is home to world-famous music venues, awe-inspiring art museums and distinguished architectural ingenuity. It’s a city of neighbourhoods where a diversity of food, music and lifestyle are always at your leisure and appetite.

When visiting Chicago, you’ll find a variety of character everywhere you go, Chicago offers some of the most culturally-unique recreations in America. Enjoy cuisine from almost anywhere in the world while you tour a medley of entertainment venues that include comedy clubs, music festivals, jazz clubs and party hotspots. Indulge in world-class dining while overlooking the city from one of its many skyscrapers or satisfy your palate with any one of Chicago’s countless fine dining scenes and local delicacies. These are just some of the things you can do to give yourself a taste of Chicago. Whatever is your idea of a good time, chances are you can do it all and much more right here.

 

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O’Hare International Airport

Situated 17 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop, O’Hare international airport is the principal airport serving the Chicago area. It is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world consisting of four terminals in total with Terminal 5 operating international flights exclusively. After January 2017, O’Hare now offers a direct service to 208 destinations including 153 domestic routes in the United States and 55 internationals in North America, South America, Asia and Europe making it one of an exclusive group of airports worldwide that serve more than 200 destinations.

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Top 5 Things to do in Chicago

Walk along Lake Michigan - Despite being one of the largest cities in the USA, Chicago isn’t short of natural beauty. Lake Michigan runs along the state’s eastern edge and covers an area of 58,000 square kilometres. One of the best ways to see the blue waters is to walk along the 18-mile Lakefront Trail that stretches across multiple neighbourhoods.
Shop on the Magnificent Mile - Start where Michigan Avenue and Chicago River intertwine and start your journey north for one mile until you hit Oak Street. On your way you’ll encounter some of the best shopping Chicago has to offer, as well as the heart of the dining scene.
Distort yourself at the Cloud Gale - One of the most photographed attractions in Chicago, the Cloud Gale is a structure that is best described as a futuristic bean. Its shiny and curved surface produces entertaining and distorted reflections of whatever stands next to it. Perfect for a holiday selfie.
View the stars in Adler Planetarium - The oldest planetarium in the USA, the building itself also won the designer an award right after its opening in 1930.
Look down at the city beneath from 360 Chicago and Skydeck Chicago - Be part of Chicago’s skyline and look out onto the streets below from two amazing observation decks. The Skydeck Chicago is a 1,353 foot tall building with an observation deck on its 103rd floor. The other option, the 360 Chicago, has an open-air observation deck on its 94th floor and one of the fastest elevators in North America - it takes only 40 seconds to travel 1,000 feet.

Chicago Holiday Highlights

Inside Chicago The Grand Tour and Hancock Tower

Adult: £61 Child:(5-14 yrs) £33

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of everything Chicago has to offer including a visit to the Hancock Observatory.

During this tour you'll visit all of Chicago's beautiful parks including Lincoln Park, Washington Park and Grant Park and see virtually the entire length of scenic Outer Drive. Stops will be made at the fascinating Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Museum Campus, known for its breathtaking views, so don't forget your camera!

Hancock Tower

See the sites from one of Chicago’s tallest landmarks. It takes the world’s fastest elevators just 39 seconds to take visitors to Hancock Observatory on the 94th floor of Hancock Tower. On a clear day you can see up to 80 miles away and view four states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Step out onto the open-air Skydeck, 1,000 feet above Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, where you can feel the strength of the wind this high up and check out the incredible views of the dynamic city far below.

360 CHICAGO Observatory

Adult: £16 Child:(3-11 yrs) £12

Rated as Chicago’s best views by the Chicago Tribune and Tripadvisor to name a few, the stunning 360® views from the 360 Chicago (formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory) offers superior lake views which span four states. In addition, no other tower gets you closer to the heart of Chicago.

Located at the Magnificent Mile and the Navy Pier, it provides easy access to the premier shopping, theatre and dining district. A breathtaking open-air Skywalk, best interactive screen technology and the highest Café in Chicago will provide an unforgettable visit for everyone.

TILT is now open! A one-of-a-kind experience, TILT is an enclosed, glass and steel moveable platform that holds up to eight visitors per cycle. Once safely situated inside, the platform it slowly tilts outward to an adventurous angle, generating downward-facing views of Chicago – from one thousand feet above The Magnificent Mile®. TILT gives thrill-seekers an exciting and safe way to take in unsurpassable views of the city, from a never-before-seen angle. TILT can currently only be booked at the venue for $7.00 per person.

Information:

  • Duration: The duration of your visit is up to you! 360 Chicago closes at 11:00pm (last admission at 10.30pm), so make sure to soak up as much of the beautiful views of Chicago until then!
  • Open: Chicago’s best views are open every day of the year, from 9:00am – 11:00pm (last admission at 10:30pm).
  • Accessibility: Access to the building for passengers with disabilities is better through the Delaware entrance to ensure direct access to the concourse level via elevator.
  • Guide: A guide is not included, but the friendly Observatory staff is available to answer any questions you may have about Chicago’s best view! Also feel free to pick up a brochure.
  • Commentary: A Multimedia Sky Tour in 7 languages is available to visitors! Learn about Chicago’s history and it’s hotspots in a way that will captivate your eyes, ears and mind. An onsite surcharge does apply.
  • Meals: Meals are not included, but 360 Chicago does have a new cafe and bar, the Architect's Corner, featuring coffee, gelato, artisanal snacks and a full bar with daily cocktail specials.
  • Visibility: You will get 360° views, covering up to 55 miles of visibility across 4 states – Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Please Note: All Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

When to Visit

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  • Currency US Dollars ($)
  • Flying time from UK 10 1/2 Hours
  • Primary Language English
  • Passport & Visas Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.
You’ll not be stuck for exciting things to see and do during your Chicago holiday. I highly recommend the Willis Tower, which provides a breath-taking 360-degree views of Chicago and Cloud Gate to get that sought-after holiday snap! Catch some free outdoor live music at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion – there are lots of dates on throughout the summer months and we enjoyed these without having to spend a penny. Of course, we had to try the famous Chicago style hot-dogs and deep-dish pizzas. From Wolfy’s in Avondale and the cosy Exchequer Restaurant, we ate our way around the Windy City! If you like artsy, alternative spots you have to visit Wicker Park and Bucktown – both of these neighbourhoods are packed with trendy like Myopic books - the city’s oldest used book store. Chicago has personality in spades, I’d highly recommend a visit.
Louise - Events Marketing Executive