If you are planning a trip to United States you can start with booking a flight to Chicago. The whole metropolitan area is the third most populated city in States with 2.7 million residents. It has everything you can expect from a huge city- a lot of museum, restaurants, nightclubs, but also parks, zoos and even aquarium. LOT Polish airlines offers now cheap air tickets to Chicago.
You are in the Loop
The unofficial name- the Loop residents of Chicago gave to the historic heart of their city, referring to the loop made by an overground train El (elevated train). Visiting this area, at the beginning we should take a cruise on the Chicago River (tense 10 bridges), from Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street. Small ships are waiting for passengers at Navy Pier and the streets of Michigan and Wacker. During the 90-minute cruise you will pass by the Marina City, Lake Point Tower, John Hancock Center and the James R. Thompson Center.
What to see in Chicago
Chicago sightseeing should start in Downtown. The main attractions of Chicago are located in this are, the center, which is near to the Lake Michigan. You can start your trip from Dearborn Street. It was named in the memory of a military fort, which was built in the early nineteenth century and gave birth to the city. In 1871, expanding Chicago was destroyed by a giant fire. To this day, it is not very clear what caused it. But whatever the cause was, Chicago after the fire was a completely different city - wide streets, tall buildings of brick and stone. That is when the Chicago style was born and you can admire it on Dearborn Street.
The next stop in your walk through the city can be Magnificent Mile. This is the most prestigious district of Chicago's Michigan Avenue, which stretches from the Chicago River to Oak Street. Here are the most prestigious restaurants, hotels and shops. You can also find here numerous companies from the financial sector, as well as, well-known newspaper "Chicago Tribune".
Lake and museums
If you need to rest from the loud city center you should walk near the Lake of Michigan, where Chicago's most famous museums are. It can be easier with the City Pass, which is the access card for five major attractions. With it we can enter, among others, to Shedd Aquarium, and Art. Institute of Chicago. City Pass for adults and young people costs $ 94, and for children aged three to eleven years - $ 79. In a close distance there is an amazing Shed Aquarium. It exists since 1930 and until recently was the largest of its kind in the world. In the swimming pools and aquariums you can see, for example, dolphins, turtles or animals, which live in the coral reefs of the Caribbean. While being in Chicago, you can not miss huge skyscrapers. Chicago Chase Tower was built in 1969.
As the highest building of the bank in the world, it dominates on the Exelon Plaza square at Dearborn and Madison streets. Chicago Sears Tower is the third highest building in the world. It has 110 floors, rises to 443 meters high, and its interior holds more than 360 thousand of usable space. Chicago is a huge city, where you will find lots of attractions. You can get lost in restaurants, cafes, museum and park for many days and still have a feeling that you do not know this city very well. But now with cheap flights to Chicago you can come back here whenever you like.
O'Hare International Airport is an international airport located 27 km northwest of downtown Chicago within the city limits, in Illinois, USA.
It is named in honor of the American military pilot Edward "Butch" O'Hare. You can get cheap air tickets to Chicago with LOT Polish Airlines.
Some statistics and number of the airport
O'Hare International Airport is on the third place in list of the largest airports in the world. Statistics show that in 2010 the port handled 67 026 191 passengers. Chicago airport is also the second largest in the United States. With terminals regularly operating 42 passenger airlines and 27 cargo lines.
How to get there
O'Hare port is well connected to the downtown Chicago through the airport underground metro station in Chicago. Free transfer allows you to access the subway also to Midway Airport, and to all the Metro in Chicago. As a result, the price of rapid transit from downtown to airports in Chicago or communication between them is very low- around 2,5 $.
There is also a shuttle bus to the city center, which is located in Terminal 3. It runs to major destinations in downtown and the surrounding areas. Ticket price is around 2, 50 $ and there are plenty of people to help you to get around.
A lot of taxi services stand outside the airport near the baggage reclaim area. Regular Chicago fee is around 2,25 $. The whole journey from airport to city center should cost around 40 $. In the same place there are also a lot of car rental companies.
The airport facilities
Chicago airport consists officially of 5 terminals, but one is now out of service. They are all connected by Airport Transit System, which is open 24 hours and it is free. You can walk between terminals 1, 2 and 3, but it takes around 30 minutes. To reach Terminal 5 from Terminal 1 it takes about 10 minutes by Airport Transit System.
At the airport you will find every service you need. There are a lot of ATMs, exchange currency offices, as well as a bank. The post office is located in Terminal 2 on its upper level. There is also a business center, where it is possible to organize conferences and business meetings. Like in every airport there is a WI- Fi connection, although it is not free. In order to use it you have to buy a prepaid voucher in one of many airport kiosks.
A wide range of shops with travel accessories, clothes, high- tech gadgets can be found in Terminals 1,3 and 5. Each terminal has its own duty-free zone. Here you can buy perfumes, alcohol, jewelry and tobacco in lower prices.
Most of the restaurants and cafes are located in Terminal 1 and 3. You can quickly eat something in many popular fast- food chains. But there are also normal restaurants and cafes with more cosy atmosphere. Additional facilities at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport include medical center, chapel, place for disabled passengers, room for mothers and babies and a TV room.
You already found a cheap flights to Chicago and probably wonder where should you stay there.
This very important choice will define whether you will enjoy your trip or not. Fortunately there is a vast choice of Chicago hotels in a different localizations and price range. The best zone to stay in Chicago is of course downtown. However this refers to a very large area, that covers more than one neighborhood. If you want to be in the real center of Chicago you should choose the Loop.
Loop - heart of downtown
This is a place where you can feel the history of the city. Here you can admire 19th-century Art Deco buildings and 20th-century towers and skyscrapers. During the day a lot of people spend their time and money in huge department stores and after the sun goes down they enjoy themselves in one of many theatres. A lot of hotels in the Loop are expensive, but they are worth their value. Guests can rest in there after all the noise of busy Chicago. The other neighborhoods in downtown where it is worth to look for a hotel are River North, Streeterville (for hotel purposes that one's called "Magnificent Mile"), South Loop, and West Loop.
If you are planning to stay in Chicago for a very short time you should choose Michigan Avenue, which is also known as the Magnificent Mile.
It is known for huge shopping centers, but not only. This is a very central location, where you can be close to most of the city attractions. Here you will find the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier, the Chicago Children’s Museum and Millennium Park. In Lincoln Park, you will find the Zoo, the Chicago History Museum and the Lincoln Park Cultural Center. Then there’s the Grant Park area, home to the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium.
Ideal for businessmen and people looking for a high- end, luxury hotels is calm and secluded O’Hare. It is well connected to downtown with CTA Blue Line. You can find here many great hotels near the airport. Many of them have beautiful gardens and provide peace and quiet. They are also perfect for business meetings and conferences. So if you are in Chicago only for business meeting O’Hare is the best location which will save your time. Range and choice of Chicago hotels is almost limitless. For sure you will not have any problems with finding the one that suits you the most.
Westside of Chicago and Uptown of Chicago
If you would like to find a place outside buzzing downtown you should look for it in Westside of Chicago. The prices are also much lower than in the strict city center. This quarter is very diverse, vibrant and colorful. It has a lot of ethnic cuisine and culture. You can be amazed with its eclectic atmosphere.
If you are interested mostly in a nightlife of Chicago you should stay in Uptown. Many jazz clubs and theaters will satisfy even very demanding person. You can find here a beautiful hotel in Art Deco style. In close neighborhood there are also miles of beach, like Montrose Beach on Lake Shore Drive, which is one of the more popular spots in Chicago.
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