Civilised metropolitan beauty
With a civilised metropolitan beauty all of its own – not to mention some of America’s most famous skyscrapers, shopping and hotels – and most vociferous sports fans. Once the legendary haven for gangsters during the Prohibition, it’s now a confident and modern gateway to the beautiful Great Lakes.
|Time zone:||GMT -6 hours|
|Flight Time:||9 hours 30 mins|
|Holiday type:||Summer sun, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 28°C (summer)
Rainfall: 860mm a year
Take in the viewing galleries of the Sears Tower in downtown Chicago for a truly breathtaking panorama... visit at night and you’ll see 50 miles of lights below you.
Must eat at:
In a city renowned for its high class gastronomy, head to Mk on North Franklin Street and be wowed by chef Michael Kornick’s take on modern American cuisine, including ahi tuna and sautéed veal sweetbreads.
Must be there for:
Get a real taste of Chicago at Taste of Chicago, a whole 10-day uber-festival dedicated to food and drink in the run-up to the Fourth of July celebrations. 3.5 million festival goers can’t be wrong!
For an authentic flavour of Chicago’s jazz scene, head for the century-old Green Mill Jazz Club on the northside... it’s lost its mobster links but the music is still as real as it gets.
The best way to come to grips with the stunning Chicago skyline is from an architectural river cruise – a fun and educational excursion that runs from April to November.
If you intend to travel to the US using the Visa Waiver Program you'll need to get an electronic travel authorisation before you go. The US Embassy website has more information.
Duty free shopping:
Chicago is outside of the EU Value Added Tax Area so you can benefit from duty free prices on certain items purchased when travelling to Chicago through our terminals. More information.
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