Chicago with its 2,800,000 inhabitants is the largest city in Illinois, USA. The city, with a surface area of over 25km2, lies at the extreme south-western point of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the rivers Chicago and Calumet.
The Loop is the most interesting and characteristic zone of the city. It is Chicago’s business centre and is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the east, the Chicago river to the north and west and Congress Parkway to the south. The Loop is home to Chicago’s major firms and industries and houses the city’s tallest skyscrapers, some of which are of great architectural importance: the First National Bank Building and Sears Tower which, at 443 meters, is the world’s second tallest building.
Chicago possesses many large parks, including Jefferson, Washington, Hyde, Morgan and Kuburn. The city, an important cultural centre, boasts over 100 further education university and post-university institutions: University of Chicago (1890), Northwestern University (1851), Loyola University and the Chicago Public Library, which contains 1.5 million volumes. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1891, is amongst one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world.
Chicago has always been characterised by dimly-lit and smoky jazz bars, featuring blues singers and musicians from the deep south. To obtain detailed information regarding the jazz scene, call at B.L.U.E.S. in North Halsted or at Checkerboard Lounge in South-side. Chicago is served by over 20 rail links and three airports of which the international airport O’Hare is the busiest in the world. The subway provides an easy and comfortable way to visit the city.
Hotels and lodging
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is located atop the 900 North Michigan Avenue shopping mall (the hotel is located between floors 30 and 46). Four Seasons Hotel Chicago currently houses 343 guest rooms, offering views of Lake Michigan or the Chicago Skyline from the 32nd to 46th floors of the tower.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago Welcome to the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. Soaring above the Loop and North Michigan Avenue, the city's newest landmark is within walking distance to the best of Chicago, from the exclusive shops on Michigan Avenue, to the historic sites along the Riverwalk. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago (Residences)
|Weather data for Chicago (Midway Airport), IL|
|Record high °F (°C)||67(19)||75(24)||88(31)||91(33)||98(37)||104(40)||105(41)||102(39)||101(38)||94(34)||81(27)||71(22)||105(41)|
|Average high °F (°C)||29.0(-1)||33.5(2)||45.8(8)||58.6(15)||70.1(21)||79.6(27)||83.7(29)||81.8(28)||74.8(24)||63.3(17)||48.4(9)||34.0(2)||59.5(15)|
|Daily mean °F (°C)||21.0(-6)||25.4(-4)||37.2(3)||48.6(9)||58.9(15)||68.6(20)||73.2(23)||71.7(22)||64.4(18)||52.8(12)||40.0(4)||26.6(-3)||49.0(9)|
|Average low °F (°C)||12.9(-9)||17.2(-6)||28.5(-1)||38.6(5)||47.7(11)||57.5(16)||62.6(19)||61.6(18)||53.9(14)||42.2(7)||31.6(1)||19.1(-5)||42.4(6)|
|Record low °F (°C)||-27(-33)||-21(-29)||-12(-24)||7(-14)||27(-3)||35(2)||45(7)||43(6)||29(-2)||14(-10)||-2(-19)||-25(-32)||-27(-33)|
|Precipitation inches (mm)||1.95(49.5)||1.78(45.2)||2.83(71.9)||3.82(97)||3.86(98)||4.16(105.7)||3.82(97)||3.91(99.3)||3.45(87.6)||2.79(70.9)||3.22(81.8)||2.76(70.1)||38.35(974.1)|
|Snowfall inches (mm)||12.9(327.7)||10.3(261.6)||6.0(152.4)||1.4(35.6)||0(0)||0(0)||0(0)||0(0)||0(0)||0.1(2.5)||2.3(58.4)||10.1(256.5)||43.1(1,094.7)|
|Avg. snowy days||6.2||6.2||4.5||1.0||0.1||0||0||0||0||0.2||2.7||7.2||28.1|
|Avg. precipitation days||11.2||8.9||11.7||11.6||11.0||10.3||9.5||9.6||8.9||9.7||11.5||11.3||125.2|
|Source: National Climatic Data Center 1971 - 2000|
Oak Park District, situated to the west of the Chicago ring road, is easily reached by the overland subway (elevator) which runs to Lake Street CTA.
Having arrived at Oak Park Avenue, the visitor should walk one block north to Lake Street and for two blocks west to Kenilworth Avenue, the suburb where Hemingway grew up and where F.L. Wright lived and worked during the first years of his career. The largest collection of his work is made up of the 25 buildings located here. Wright’s studio home ( 1889) is perhaps the best expression of his genius. The principal F.L.Wright buildings are: Walter Gale, 1031 Chicago Avenue, William H. Winslow at 515 Auvergne Place, Mrs. Thomas Gale, at 6 Elizabeth Court, Lake Shore Drive Apartments, 860-80 North Lake Shore drive. A map of the area is indispensable.
It is possible to obtain a breath-taking view of the city and Lake Michigan from the terraces of the skyscrapers Board of Trade Building, Tribune Tower, Prudential Building and Marina City. The Marina City Skyscraper, built between 1964/5, with its unusual cylindrical shape, is of particular interest.
The city centre often hosts open-air sculpture exhibition, featuring great artists such as Holdenburg, Calder, Picasso and Mirò.
Lake Shore Drive winds its way along the shore of Lake Michigan. It stretches for 20km, from Lincoln Park in the north to Jackson Park in the south, passing over an impressive bridge, which spans the mouth of the Chicago river. This wonderful road is flanked by marbled buildings on one side and a series of flowerbeds and parks on the other. Some of Chicago’s most important cultural institutes are located along Lake Shore Drive. They include: the Museum of Science and Industry on south side; the Field Museum of Natural History; the Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago, all of which are located in Grant Park.
The Art Institute is famous above all for its collection of French Impressionist art and the American Gothic art of Grant Wood. Chicago is the American and world capital of modern architecture and houses America’s first and now famous school of architecture. Chicago’s architectural culture is centred around the experiences of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. The characteristics of this architectural movement are clearly evident in Praire House, “organically” designed in order to merge with the natural surroundings.
Maps and transportation
Getting to Chicago
Chicago has many modes of transportation around the city, for corporate and personal transportation. Tranpsortation options include the L, CTA, taxi cabs, rental cars, limousine services, and others.
Available 24/ 7 for all Chicago visitors from all around the world cars for hire Limousine stretch SUV Limo Bus or even Party Bus they all can be found in Chicago Transportation site
Chicago Limousine and Taxi are
Practical information and resources
Currency : US Dollar, sub-divided into 100 cents
Electric supply: 110/120 volts, 60 hertz
Climate : continental
Opening hours : Shops are usually open Monday to Saturday, from 10 am. until 6 pm.; the large shopping centres until 8. Banks are open Monday to Friday, from 9 am. until 3 pm.
Telephones : Telephone code : 312 and 773
Nicknames: Windy City, Second City, Chi-town, The City of Big Shoulders
Mr Beef on Orleans 666 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL (312) 337-8500
Excellent italian beef, polish sausage,and fries at a very inexpensive price!
-  Plan B Bar and Kitchen. Homey bar with great bar food and cocktail and beer specials with nightly live DJ. Must try Plan B Mac and Cheese (Velveeta and Hot Dogs) while on a leather sofa and watching your own personal plasma! Phone: 773.252.2680
|Add a new photo to the Chicago gallery. Vote on which images to feature in the featured images forum.|
|Got something to say that doesn't fit in the other sections of this page? Add it here!|
Chicago is also known as The Windy City, Second City, City of Big Shoulders, and Chi-town
Add links to other sites here