Holidaymakers looking for a fantastic city break might like to try Chicago in the mid-west of the United States. Located in the state of Illinois this amazing city offers many exciting things for visitors to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments and condos.
This is a cycling friendly city with over 100 miles of bike lanes and 50 miles of bike paths. There are many scenic areas for visitors to explore either on two wheels or by foot and there are also horse riding opportunities available here. There are beaches located along Lake Michigan for holidaymakers to relax on in the sunshine. Swimming, canoeing and kayaking can also be enjoyed on the lake. The city offers many other sporting activities including tennis and softball and there are many golf courses located in and around the city. Chicago has numerous restaurants, bars and cafes offering an excellent selection of cuisine from around the world. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to buy food and drink from stores and markets as well as gifts and souvenirs. Chicago has some upscale shopping areas such as the Magnificent Mile and State Street.
Chicago has many wonderful places for holidaymakers to visit including historic buildings and attractions. Tourists can visit various museums and galleries in the city such as the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium. As well as the museums visitors can go to the Chicago Cultural Center, which houses the city’s visitor information center, galleries and exhibit halls. Some fantastic sculptures are well worth visiting including the Glass Fountain and the Cloud Gate. Chicago has lots of parks and gardens too with Lincoln Park the second most visited city park in the U.S. Other popular attractions here include Chicago Botanic Garden and Brookfield Zoo. Holidaymakers with a head for heights can get a great view of the city from Skydeck Chicago’s The Ledge, which is 1,350 feet from the ground.
The warmest time of the year in Chicago is July with average high temperatures of almost 29 degrees centigrade. The coldest month is January when average highs are -1 degrees centigrade and average lows are almost -11 degrees. January also see the highest amount of snowfall with an average of 10.7 inches, while august is the wettest month with an average of 4.2 inches of rainfall.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport has flights from many international airports including Amsterdam (AMS), Beijing-Capital (PEK), Brussels (BRU), Dublin (DUB), Frankfurt (FRA), London-Heathrow (LHW), Madrid (MAD), Manchester (MAN), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Tokyo-Narita (NRT), Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) and Zurich (ZRH) amongst others. There are taxi and limousine services available at the airport as well as several car rental firms.