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It is the skyline that you notice first. Dramatic and mesmeric - Chicago's modern architecture is an ode to the American ingenuity. Then it is the vibrant cultural potpourri that grabs the attention of the newcomer. Chinese to Indians, Polish to Italians, and Jews to Germans - the multiethnic diversity that thrives in Chicago gives birth to this very enviable cultural mash. Oft-called the 'Second City', Chicago doesn't stop just yet and keeps on bombarding the clueless yet highly entertained being with a parade that brings along great shopping, incredible food, fantastic festivals, etc. Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo and Millennium Park are just a hint of it all.
Chicago O'Hare Airport is the key international airport that serves the city of Chicago, Illinois. It is operated by the Chicago Airport System and is considered one of the major aviation hubs in North America, with almost every major carrier serving the airport. O'Hare is also one of the busiest airports in the world in terms of the number of passengers handled. Getting to and from the airport is easy for travellers as a host of alternatives are available for transportation. There are trains, buses, taxi services and rental cars. Featuring loads of passenger-friendly facilities, O'Hare has been regularly referred as the "Best Airport in USA" by various authorities and publications.
Chicago is well connected to all key destinations of the globe. From the United Kingdom, the American city perhaps has the most elaborate connectivity with the country's largest airport, London Heathrow. Airlines like Turkish Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch, Air France, and of course, British and American carriers like American Airlines and British Airways offer scheduled flights to Chicago O'Hare from LHR. Similarly, a number of carriers also run services to the American city from other UK airports like Gatwick. Both direct and indirect flights are available for fliers who seek tickets for the route.
Chicago shows no sign of accommodation crunch as far as catering to tourist demand is concerned. There are heaps of hotel options for all sorts of travellers with all kinds of budgets. Whether it is a need for cheap lodging or a desire for an ultra-luxury resort, Chicago is well-equipped to handle the demand for accommodation from both sides of the spectrum. Downtown Chicago is the area where most of the city's hotels are located, especially the lavish ones, such as Ritz-Carlton Chicago and Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Guests must make sure that they check out hotel websites for any special offers or promotions, particularly for peak season holidays.
Most travel experts concur that the best to time to board flights to Chicago is the summer season (June to September). This is the obvious peak season with hot but predictable weather conditions. Airfares and hotel tariffs are high during the period and one must book early in order to net cheap tickets to Chicago. Summer is also the season when some of the city's most vivacious festivals take place. Winter season (December to March) is an off season travel period with tricky climate. Spring and autumn are shoulder season with decent weather and relatively generous availability of affordable air tickets on flights.
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