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Chicago

Introduction

Chicago is the third largest metropolitan area in the USA after New York and Los Angeles. As you would expect from a city of this size, Chicago is a great place for a city break. Chicago is a vibrant place and has much to see and do. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago has one of the most spectacular skylines in the world.



Getting there

Air: Chicago O'Hare (ORD) is one of the busiest airports in North America and as such is well connected both domestically and internationally. Catch a Blue Line train to Downtown. Journey time 45 minutes.

An alternate arrival point is the recently modernised Midway International (MDW). This is a popular choice for the budget airlines and is actully closer to downton than O'Hare.

For flights to Chicago click Expedia.co.uk for great flight deals.

Rail: Chicago is well connected by rail with Union Station being the Amtrak hub for the region. Connections exist to both east and west coast destinations.

Accommodation

Chicago has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out city break hotel deals at Hotels.com. Alternatively look at Expedia.co.uk

What to See and Do

Chicago's numerous attractions include the following:

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum: One of the great Chicago museums. Visit here for all there is to know about the stars. Admission includes access to one show.

Museum of Science and Industry: This is a great place to spend a few hours. The museum includes a coal mine, Boeing 727 and a submarine! Many hands on displays make this a great place to take kids of all ages!

Shedd Aquarium: One of the best aquariums in the world. There are numerous theme displays including a Phillipine coral reef and a Pacific North West Oceanarium with whales and dolphins. Well worth a visit.

Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven: Chicago is famous as the home of Blues music. If the Blues is your thing make sure you visit Blues Heaven.

Getting Around

CTA: The Chicago Transit Authority runs the trains and buses across the city. The trains system is known as the "El" as most of it is elevated above the streets. Tickets are called transit cards which can be bought and topped up at various machines within the stations.

Trolleys: These are mainly used by tourists and are actually buses made to look like traditional trolleys. They offer a quick way to get around the downtown area and best of all they are actually free!

Bike: A good option is to cycle and this offers a great way to see the Lake Foreshore. Bikes can be hired in the CBD.