After arriving at O’Hare International, which is 29km from the city
centre – visitors can make their way to downtown Chicago on the city’s
24-hour ‘L’ train service for just $2.25. Taxis also run from the
airport directly into the city but cost between $35 and $40 for a trip
to the centre of town. You can expect to pay double that if you’re
travelling during rush hour.
See the sights
When you’ve settled in to your hotel or guesthouse (which are numerous and vary in style and standard depending on your taste and budget), you should first seek out the highest spot to take in the breathtaking skyline of the Windy City. Among the most popular sites for viewing are the Sears Tower Skydeck – located on top of a building that was once the tallest in the world before the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia controversially took that distinction in 1998 – and The Hancock Observatory, which sits atop a 100-storey tall skyscraper.
For shoppers, a stroll
down the Magnificent Mile is a must. Located on a one-mile stretch of
North Michigan Avenue, the famed street exhibits as many boutiques,
sports shops, souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels as any visitor
As in all major US cities, the country’s national sports are well represented. The Chicago Cubs (Baseball), Bears (American Football), Bulls (Basketball) and Blackhawks (Ice Hockey) play regularly and, depending on the stage of the season, tickets are usually available from the box office at each stadium.
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The city also has a reputation for acting as a home to some of the US’s niche music markets. Jazz, soul and folk bars are a regular feature on the streets of the inner city, and the Chicago Jazz Festival – held every year around early September – always draws a big crowd.