According to timedictionary, Chicago is located in the state of Illinois, in the northern United States. The surrounding area is also called The Great Lakes, because of the large lakes that surround it. Chicago itself is located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Chicago is most visited in the summer, especially when the cultural outdoor season is in full swing. The most diverse parties are celebrated in parks and neighbourhoods, which are usually free of charge. In general, May/June and September can be described as the most pleasant months, with warm, clear days without too much humidity. November to March is the least crowded, which is probably due to the cold, blizzards and strong winds.
Highlights of Chicago
An overview of sights and activities in Chicago or The WIndy City. Visit Al Capone’s grave, climb the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) or experience The Untouchables Tour.
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s foremost museums, with an impressive collection of Impressionist art. Recognizable by the bronze lions in front of the steps to the entrance, an icon in Chicago and the entire USA.
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave Illinois Center, Tel: +1 (312) 443 3600
Baseball fans around the world flock to the ivy-covered baseball stadium of the Chicago Cubs, the city’s usually losing pride. Wrigley Field is one of the last major stadiums where everything is still done by hand, such as keeping score.
Wrigley Field, 1060 W Addison St Wrigleyville, Tel: +1 (773) 404 2827, www.cubs.com
Eating & Nightlife in Chicago
Chicago offers all types of accommodations in all price ranges. In general, the prices of even the most expensive hotels drop considerably when all business people are at home, from Thursday to Sunday. And try out an old, pre-war hotel: not only is the interior often surprisingly clean and new, but the prices are also relatively lower than the larger chains. In this immense city you can eat from every world cuisine. Given the composition of Chicago’s civil registry, the cuisines of Italy, Eastern Europe, Greece, Germany, Mexico, Chinese, Indian and Russian are slightly more represented. Meat and barbecue enthusiasts will also get their money’s worth here. Most of the restaurants and bars are located north and west of downtown (The Loop). In addition, Little Italy, Chinatown and Greektown good places to satisfy your hunger. Throughout the city you will find restaurants, eateries and stalls where you can get an Italian Beef Sandwich or a Chicago Hot Dog (with tomato, onion, chilli and a pickle); filthy tasty!
Mount Carmel Cemetery
Al Capone is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetary, along with several other underworld kingpins, including Dion O’Bannon and Jack ‘Machine Gun’ McGurn.
Mount Carmel Cemetary, Harrison & Hillside Avenues, Hillside, Illinois, Tel: +1 (708) 449-8300
The Untouchable Tour
The Untouchables Tour is a two-hour tour of historic sites that played a role in Chicago’s checkered past. Highlights include Little Italy, the Biograph Theater where mobster John Dillinger was murdered, and the SMC Cartage Company above. Under the guidance of guides such as ‘Louie’, ‘Al Dente’ and ‘Big Julie’ you will not be bored.
Untouchable Tours, PO Box 43185, Chicago, Illinois 60643, Tel: +1 (773) 881 1195, Fax: +1 (773) 881 7384, www.gangstertour.com
The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) is to Chicago what the Empire State is to New York. You can’t get any higher in the area, and the view of the city and Lake Michigan is unbeatable.