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Chicago travel guide

The Windy City

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You're Going to Love Chicago

If you love music, food, architecture, and art, Chicago is your kind of city.

Art lovers can spend days wandering around the Art Institute of Chicago, music lovers can spend every evening listening to blues and jazz acts at historic venues like the Green Mill, while architecture fans can join guided tours of Downtown Chicago and see every Art Deco building the city has to offer.

The Windy City is also a hub for shoppers – with the craft market at Lincoln Square, the endless supply of boutiques on Michigan Avenue, and city center malls like Water Tower Place.

Everyone can find something that their taste buds will savor, whether it’s the deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s, the burgers at DMK, the Polish food at Red Apple Buffet, or the Mexican food at Taco Joint.

You’ll never be bored when you visit the Mid West’s capital, so start planning your trip today.

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When to Visit Chicago

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If you are thinking about visiting Chicago, the climate is definitely a factor in deciding when to go. Between late November and March, the city can be bitterly cold, making late spring, summer, or early fall the best times to visit. A visit in September or October makes sense. The weather is pleasant and the city hosts some of its most exciting events, such as the Chicago Jazz Festival (September 1-4) and the International Film Festival (October 13-27).

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Where to Stay in Chicago

If you are looking for a solid Downtown hotel, the Autograph (333 N Dearborn St) or the Peninsula (108 E Superior St) are good options. On the North Side, the Kinzie Hotel (20 W Kinzie St) is comfortable and convenient, while Hotel Indigo (1244 N Dearborn Pkwy) is a good, budget choice. On the South Side, you can’t do much better than the Amber Inn (3901 S Michigan Ave), while suburban options in the south include the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel (4900 S Lake Shore Dr).

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The Cost of Living in Chicago

Chicago is cheaper than New York and San Francisco, but is slightly above average for American cities. Expect to pay $15-30 for a medium-range meal, $2.90 for 12 eggs and around $50 for a good pair of jeans.

Shopping Streets

Chicago’s major shopping street is Michigan Avenue (also known as the 'magnificent mile'), where you’ll find a wide array of boutiques like Chanel, J Crew, and Ermenegildo Zegna. For records, crafts and books, check out Lincoln Square. Book Cellar is ideal for readers, ornaments and antiques can be found at Eclecticity, and health and beauty products are available at Merz Apothecary.

Groceries and Other

Chicago has a broad range of supermarkets, with major names like Aldi, K-Mart, Walmart, Trader Joe’s Whole Foods, and Jewel-Osco all represented, so finding groceries will rarely be an issue. It’s also the home of Walgreen’s, so drug stores are everywhere.

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Where to Eat in Chicago

Food is one of Chicago’s great passions. Italian food is one of the city’s specialties, and fantastic deep dish pizza can be found at Vito & Nicks (8433 S Pulaski Rd), while the Pasta Bowl (2434 N Clark St) is the place to go for a more expansive menu. Alinea (1723 N Halsted St) is a great, up-market American eatery while The Gage (24 S Michigan Ave) blends craft ale, great pub food, and views across Millennium Park. Superb Chinese food is available at Great Seas (3254 W Lawrence Ave), and Lao Sze Chuan (2172 S Archer Ave). For an authentic Polish hot dog, the best place to go is Jim’s Original (1250 S Union Ave), and unpretentious but delicious Italian beef sandwiches can be found at Joe Boston’s (2932 W Chicago Ave).

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