Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway are two of the United States’ largest airports; the only thing that could prevent folks from getting to Chicago on a plane would be the weather.
The weather in Chicago enjoys well-marked seasons, with summer (June to August) being the most popular time to visit. And we aren’t going to lie to you, winter is frigid, but with the proper layers it could be a good time to come and beat the crowds.
Chicago is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Sitting by Lake Michigan, the city's characteristic architecture, culture, and overall cosmopolitan scene make it a top destination for travelers from all around the world.
For active travelers, Grant Skate Park offers multi-skilled areas for skateboarders and BMX bikers. There are ramps, rails and landscaping to challenge novices and pros. This stunning park also has views of the city and lake.
Elsewhere, thrill-seekers should take a trip to The Ledge at Skydeck in Willis Tower. This observation point has a glass floor, which allows brave visitors to stand more than 1,300ft above the city. Or the John Hancock Center, now called the 360 CHICAGO observation deck stands 1,000ft above the busy Chicago streets. Elsewhere, TILT is the highest ride in Chicago and puts daredevils out onto a moving platform that tilts over Michigan Avenue.
Visitors with a head for heights can scale a 40ft-climbing wall with views of the city skyline at Maggie Daley Park. The award-winning Chicago Riverwalk is open to river kayakers who can paddle through the architectural canyon.
Vacation rentals are available across the city from downtown Chicago to the magnificent mile and Wicker Park. There is a vacation home that suits every party size, budget and vacation must-do list. Choosing a vacation home within 1.2 miles of the main attractions is easy but as Chicago has a great public transport system, it is simple for travelers to get around.
There are literally millions of things to do and places to see in Chicago, so plan ahead and maybe make your trip coincide with fun events such as St. Patrick's Day, Taste of Chicago culinary festival in July, or the Jazz Festival in September. The holiday season, November to January, is also a good time to visit Chicago and experience celebrations like the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and the German Christmas market.
Millennium Park is a great place to spend an evening as the vibrant area has lots to offer visitors. There’s a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art within the park and throughout the year there are hundreds of free concerts, exhibitions, tours and activities.
Some of the most well known bars include The Flat Iron, The Owl, and Slippery Slope, whereas major clubs include East Room, Stereo Nightclub, and Society 2201. For fun night out with a healthy dose of nostalgia head to the Emporium Arcade Bar on North Milwaukee Ave (a street that happens to be lined with tons of bars).
The city offers an almost infinite amount of restaurants, bars, and clubs offering a lively nightlife and staple dishes like deep-dish pizza and delicious hot dogs. Giordano’s is a local classic and easily one of the best places to try traditional Chicago pizza. There are a number of locations throughout the city.
Alinea is one of the best known fine dining experiences in the country, but Girl and the Goat and Boka are just one tier lower, but provide equally tasty, slightly more affordable dishes in an environment that is a bit more laidback.
Known as The Windy City, Chicago has a wide array of cultural sites and attractions for people visiting. Some of the more popular ones are Millennium Park, where the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture stands and the Art Institute of Chicago with its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Chicago certainly has lots to fill a vacation, including bold architecture and a city skyline full of iconic buildings like the John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. It is literally impossible to get bored in Chicago.
There is so much to do in Chicago for family vacations. Sports fans can watch a Bears, Bulls, White Sox, Blackhawks, Sky or Fire home game. Basketball fans can also grab a picture with the Michael Jordan statue in the city. Baseball fans should take a trip to the north side of Chicago to watch a Chicago Cubs game. The club has been playing at this field for more than 100 years and is the perfect place to soak up some history while watching a game.
All year round there are fireworks and a 196-ft Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, as well as top attractions like the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium, which are, open all seasons.
Lake Michigan has some great places to walk including the Lakefront Trails, which are perfect for a day in the great outdoors with the family. The Lurie Gardens, Lincoln Park Zoo and one of Chicago’s lakefront beaches are also picturesque places to spend the afternoon.
This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Chicago. The warmest months in Chicago are May and June, when temperatures reach 96 ˚F. The coolest month is November, when temperatures drop to -1 ˚F. The wettest month in Chicago is August with 7.63 inches of rain, while the driest month is November with 0.64 inches of rain.
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