A fascinating city rich with history, Chicago has so much to offer those who call it home and the 40 million people who visit annually. Where the famous Route 66 begins, Chicago also has the only river in the world that flows backwards and it is dyed green for St. Patrick’s day. Chicago, named after the Algonquin word ‘Chicagou’ which means wild garlic, has many outdoor spaces to enjoy with 26 miles of lakefront, over 25 beaches and lots of green space including 580 parks. With loads of landmarks, historic districts, festivals, parades, restaurants and galleries, there is always something to learn and do in Chicago including a bird’s eye view of four states from Willis Tower.
Known as the Windy City, Chicago is actually less windy than many other American cities. It has four distinct seasons, a wet spring, humid summers, mild autumns and cold winters. Due to its proximity to Lake Michigan, cool moist breezes help to chill the hot summer days and bring some warmth during the winter months in the waterfront and downtown areas.
Arts and Culture
The birthplace of Improv comedy, and the city that coined the term ‘jazz’, Chicago is rich in culture. This city has 60 museums and 90 art galleries including The Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Ave) which holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris. If interested in natural history, The Field Museum (1400 S Lakeshore Dr) owns the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton named Sue. If interested in exploring the ghosts, gangsters and mayhem of the windy city, check out Weird Chicago Tours for the spookiest spots and shoot outs.
Unpakt’s Most Recommended
The Angry Crab Cajun Restaurant (5665 N Lincoln Ave)
One of the most fun and messiest eating experiences in town, roll up your sleeves and be prepared to get saucy.
Bridgeport Coffee (3101 S Morgan S.)
A coffee house with a sunny vibe, amazing roasts and 4 rooms of free wifi, you can get lost for hours here.
Magnificent Mile and Streeterville (N Michigan Ave)
This famous 13 block shopping stretch has a passion for any pocket and makes for a one of a kind city experience.
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