Chicago is a beautiful city. I have been there myself and it is totally different to anywhere I have ever been before. The first thing that hits you about this city is the very tall buildings, and there are so many of them!
Chicago is a busy City; O’Hare International Airport is the second busiest airport in terms of traffic movements in the world. The City is mainly focused on business and finance, it is listed as one of the world’s top ten Global Financial Centres and telecommunications and infrastructure are its most important industries.
Why is it called ‘The Windy City’?
Chicago is widely known as ‘The Windy City’ but there is a debate over how this came about. There are a few reasons how this nickname has arrived. One of them being that it is located on the shores of Lake Michigan where there are natural breezes blowing through and around the tall buildings. Another reason is that in 1890, Chicago entered the bid to host the ‘Worlds Fair’. There was a lot of hot air between New York and Chicago and The New York Suneditor, Charles Dana wrote an editorial telling New Yorkers to pay no attention to the “nonsensical claims of that windy city. Its people could not hold a world’s fair even if they won it”. Chicago did in fact win it and they profited.
What can I do as a tourist?
Although there are a lot of business opportunities in Chicago, there is also a lot of culture to enjoy as a tourist. Some brilliant shopping to be done along North Michigan Avenue’s ‘The Magnificent Mile’, where you can visit more than 460 exclusive stores and boutiques whilst enjoying fine dining at more than 200 restaurants and discovering more than 50 beautiful hotels to relax in.
Chicago offers many museums and galleries to explore as well as an aquarium and beautiful gardens and parks. One of the most visited landmarks in the Midwest belongs to the Ferris wheel located on Navy Pier; about 8 million* people a year visit this wheel for the views of Chicago from a different angle.
Where should I stay?
A lovely hotel not far from all the major attractions is the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Around $360 a night based on an October stay gives you a king room with a view. ‘The Magnificent Mile’ is only 0.1 miles away and the ‘Navy Pier’ is only 0.2 miles so you can visit many interesting places by foot, just wandering around for the day can take you to Lincoln Park; Chicago’s largest public park at 1,208 acres.
Make sure you have your cheap travel insurance in place before you jet off to ‘The Windy City’. Single trip 24/7 travel insurance provides cover for a 4 day break in Chicago for just £17.64**.
** Premium £17.64 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an adult aged under 55 taking out a ‘Standard’ Single Trip 24/7 Travel Insurance policy excluding personal possessions cover for 4 days Worldwide incl USA/Canada/Caribbean. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (May 2011) and are subject to change. You must read the policy wording to ensure you are familiar with your cover.
* Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago