Chicago

GETTING AROUND – O’Hare is located 24 kilometres from downtown Chicago. It takes about 40 minutes on the Blue Line train service which runs around every 30 minutes. Shuttle services and taxi’s are in abundance. When planning your route remember that every 8 blocks equals 1.6 kilometres.

SHOPPING – Shopaholics will already know about the Magnificent Mile in Chicago it stretches for 1 mile along North Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and the Chicago River. With 3 indoor malls and 50 flagship stores. In terms of density, the area’s first-rate shopping is, quite simply unmatched. It’s a little bit like New York’s Fifth Avenue and Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive rolled into one. American Girl is one of the most-visited store attractions in town, it’s a multistory doll emporium and stocks a huge range of character dolls, the cafe allows for some mother and daughter bonding Sessins

ACTIVITIES – The hop on hop off bus lets you see the sights at your own pace, bicycles can be rented and Chicago’s 42 kilometres of uninterrupted lakefront make both walking and cycling easy. Architectural stunners include the Wrigley Building, Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel & Tower. Float down the river on a boat

DINING OUT – There are over 5,195 restaurants in Chicago from gourmet to street, Italian to Taiwanese- the city is home to some of the world’s most elite chefs at the forefront of cutting-edge cuisine. Take a culinary tour of Chicago’s diverse and delicious ethnic neighbourhood eateries. Fulton Market, Logan Square and River North give you a real flavour of Chicago. Top 3 classics in this city include hot dogs, deepdish pizza and Italian beef. The explosion of craft beer has opened up a raft of breweries and beer-centric bars or if you fancy something with a view choose one of the many skytop cocktail bars with sparkling views of the city. Try Rebar or Roof.

SPORTS – One of the best things you can do in Chicago is go and see one of the famous sports teams in action. You don’t have to be a diehard sports fan to enjoy a game in the Windy City- and why stick to your love of one sport? Chicago sports include baseball, football,basketball, hockey soccer horseracing and running.

NEARBY – Michigan City is just over 1 hour by car or 2 hours by train from Chicago, this small city is perfect for a day trip, with its opulent mansions, steam locomotives, a library adorned with Tiffany stained-glass windows and Historical Societies give you a glimpse into the past. Alternatively, Milwaukee, just 90 minutes by train or car is a lovely way to spend a day people watching, meandering around the Historic Third Ward and indulging in treats in the local market. Combine your Chicago visit with the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Miami – or a visit to see Hollywood in Los Angeles both served by direct flights with Aer Lingus

BEACHES – You may be surprised to know that Chicago boasts 26 sandy beaches – you can dip your toes into the cool waters of Lake Michigan, relax on Montrose Beach, or go wild at 31st Street Beach or chill out at the peaceful and more relaxed 63rd Beach.

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