Amazing city of Chicago, with its architecture, diversity, history and legends. For some, it is the memory of the sulphurous Al Capone, a prohibition mobster; for others, it is the incredible impressionist collection of the Art Institute or Calder's Flamingo. Architecture lovers think of Mies Van der Rohe or Frank Lloyd Wright. The most gourmands will know that Chicago, the former city of slaughterhouses, has become a gastronomic hub and that people eat well there, regardless of the budget. But when you come to Chicago, you will find that the imagination is below reality. Because Chicago is also the Loop and its famous aerial metro that is brinquebale with each passing. It is only by walking along its shores that you will understand the importance of Lake Michigan to Chicagoans. You will not resist the urge to climb to the top of the Hancock Tower to discover an extraordinary panorama. On long evenings, you will take a musical journey through the roots of the Chicago blues. As you move away from the centre, you will discover the most authentic clubs, in a smoky atmosphere, a raspy voice carrying you back fifty years. The multitude of parks will make you forget that you are in a city of nearly 3 million inhabitants. Browse the pages of a Chicago tourist guide and discover the deep dish pizza, Wrigley Field Stadium and the schools of architecture that make Windy City a must-see stop on a trip to the United States.

What to visit Chicago?

When to go to Chicago?

Chicago can be visited all year round, it is a city that does not hibernate, it is enough to know how to dress according to the circumstances. Here are some tips on when to leave.

High tourist season. From May to September, Chicago hosts a very large number of festivals. There are therefore many visitors, even if the summer in chicagoan, often hot, is not always pleasant.

Medium tourist season. In the autumn, between October and November, and in March April, temperatures remain acceptable and the number of visitors to tourist sites drops. It is therefore an excellent time to discover the city, without the crowd. In the spring, the festival season begins. It is then very pleasant to attend it on the lawns of the large parks, to watch the boats sailing on the lake and to feel the whole city awaken and vibrate.

Low tourist season. Museums and tourist attractions are open all year round, and hotels are cheaper in the winter months, during periods when there are no conventions. The coldest months are January and February. The thermometer then drops well below zero, to go tease the -15°C/- 20°C on some days. With the wind in addition, it is easy to imagine that people, for their travels, limit themselves to public transport, except for those who like cold weather, who will be happy to go for a walk on the frozen shores of Lake Michigan.

How to go to Chicago? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

While Chicago is a destination less known to the French, it is tending to become more democratic. Some tour operators therefore offer trips, which often include the Great Lakes region and Minnesota cities. Thematic stays, oriented towards nature or architecture, can also be planned. Finally, Chicago is located on Route 66 and is therefore often included in this type of route.

There are direct flights to Chicago. Once there, it is very easy to be self-sufficient, Chicago being easily accessible by foot or public transport. The inhabitants are very welcoming and will not fail to guide you in your visits. The only point to plan in advance is hotel reservations, in order to ensure a correct price.

Like New York or San Francisco, Chicago is very well served by public transport. Don't neglect the distances from one district to another, the city is very large. It is interesting to take a weekly card, if you stay for a long time, in order to reduce the cost of transport and save you money. The Loop, the central and emblematic metro line, is to be taken at least once, for the roaring experience!

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  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
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  • Tailor-made trip
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  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

Chicago can be visited all year round, it is a city that does not hibernate, it is enough to know how to dress accord...
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Weather forecast

Chicago is constantly influenced by its proximity to Lake Michigan and enjoys a continental climate. The wind that bl...
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Budget

If you book in advance, you can find a hotel in Chicago for 90-100 US$, in any season. Be careful, during the convent...
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Formalities

France is still part of the Visa Waiver Pilot program, which allows all French nationals to enter the United States w...
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Health

While the risk of illness is relatively low during a stay in the United States, medical care is extremely expensive....
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How to travel by yourself?

There are direct flights to Chicago. Once there, it is very easy to be self-sufficient, Chicago being easily accessib...
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How to get organized?

While Chicago is a destination less known to the French, it is tending to become more democratic. Some tour operators...
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Getting around

Like New York or San Francisco, Chicago is very well served by public transport. Don't neglect the distances from one...
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