A city famed for its tall buildings, interesting art and bold architecture, Chicago is among the largest cities in the US. Popularly known as the ‘Windy City’, this beautiful city in eastern Illinois is visited by millions of tourists every year. But before travelling to this city, it is important to know everything about it.

For the climate of Chicago is typically continental with cold winters and warm summers, it is necessary to know about the perfect time to visit the city. As far as the weather is considered, the months of April, May, September and October are best to explore this elegant city.

O'Hare International Airport is the main airport in Chicago and is served by many reputable international carriers connecting Chicago to the other parts of the world. If you are flying from London Heathrow, British Airways and American Airlines are the two options offering non-stop, direct flights.

Known for its interesting architecture and rich culture, the city is home to numerous museums and art galleries and other fabulous sites including Shakespeare Theatre, Rookery Building, Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, Cloud Gate, The Museum Field and the Millennium Park. Featuring a dynamic collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the must visit places in Chicago. For those interested in learning more about Chicago make your way to the Museum Field.

Counted among the liveliest cities in the USA, Chicago hosts a series of festivals and events throughout the year. Among others, Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the most prominent festival held annually on 11th March. For the film and music lovers, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival (Aug/Sep) and Chicago Blues Festival (June) are the must-attend top events. The famous Taste of Chicago festival celebrated in June/July allows visitors to savour a range of tantalizing international cuisines in the city. If you are an avid food lover, Pizza, Arroz Gordo, Boat Noodles and Rainbow Cone are among the must try dishes in Chicago.

As far as the accommodation is concerned, the city is packed with several luxury resorts and budgeted hotels that promise a comfortable and convenient stay in Chicago. Although hotels are scattered across the city, Gold Coast, Michigan Avenue and Loop District have a cluster of terrific properties. For those who enjoy shopping, make your way to State Street, Streeterville, Andersonville and Magnificent Mile for a satisfying experience.

While planning your trip, pay heed to the necessary travel tips. First and foremost, get a comprehensive travel medical insurance. Avoid using public transport late in the night. Also if you are heading to the beach, apply a good sunscreen. If you wish to avoid long queues at popular attractions, opt for the Chicago City Pass.

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