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Travel to Chicago


Chicago and Beyond

1 August 2014

Chicago boasts some of America's greatest architecture, numerous cultural attractions and cutting edge cuisine. But there's also plenty to see in the areas surrounding ‘The Windy City

Home to incredible buildings such as the Willis Tower, Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, Chicago is perhaps best known for its spectacular architecture, but the city has a lot more to offer. 

Visitors can explore world-class galleries and museums, including The Field Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, before indulging in a slice of the city's celebrated deep dish pizza, or visiting one of its many celebrated contemporary restaurants. 

Chicago is also a significant convention hub; home to many of the US’s largest companies, including Boeing, the city has everything the business traveller could possibly require. Once you've had your fill of the vibrant city life, there are many more things to see and do in the surrounding areas. 

With more beaches than the Atlantic seaboard, half the state is also covered by forests. Surfers occupy the beaches while locals and visitors alike trek the impressive sand dunes. It’s not all nature, though. The Midwestern state is home to Detroit – a city that, despite its share of financial problems, continues to shine with a strong identity wrapped up in music, notably the Motown sound and artists from Bob Seger to Eminem. 

Wisconsin offers an unrivalled outdoor experience whether it’s hunting, fishing or camping. And with a plethora of artisan cheese makers, farmers markets and restaurants, there are numerous opportunities to sample the fresh produce of the region. The lakes and surrounding countryside make Wisconsin ideal for families or romantic getaways. 

Relax into the gentle pace of Indiana where you can explore Amish country or take five on the beaches. That’s not to say it’s all rest and relaxation. When you need to get your pulse racing Indiana boasts amusement parks, nightlife and a love of all sports. Furthermore there are plenty of boutique shops to pick up gifts and mementos. 

Visible from the moon, the Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – are the largest group of fresh water lakes on earth. Niagara River, which links lakes Erie and Ontario, features the world's most famous waterfall, Niagara Falls. There are tours and river cruises available, but fishing remains one of the most popular activities, with kayaking, diving and sailing also readily available. 

POPULATION: 2.7 million in the city and 9.5 including the wider area
CLIMATE: Chicago experiences four distinct seasons, with hot and humid summers and cold, snowy winters.
FAMOUS RESIDENT: Bill Murray, the legendary comic actor, was born in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago.
DID YOU KNOW? Chicago River flows backwards, it's flow having been reversed in 1900 to ensure a clean supply of drinking water for the city and prevent waterborne diseases.
WHAT TO EAT: Chicago is famous for the deep-dish pizza, with its three inch tall side crust. Full of rich tomato sauce and piled high with toppings, it’s certainly worth checking out.