The city is a global hub for commerce, finance, industry, telecommunications, transportation and technology. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network and also ranked seventh in the world in the 2014 Global Cities Index. The city also has the third largest Gross Metropolitan Product in the country at over $630 billion.
The city also has an opulent culture in novels, visual arts, film, music and theater. It also has several nicknames such as the Windy City, Chi-Town, Second City and the City of Big Shoulders.
Best Tourist Spots to Explore
The charming city of Illinois offers such wide range of touring and sightseeing opportunities that you will be flooded with choices. The art and history buffs will find much to discover with Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago Riverwalk, Oriental Institute Museum and Garfield Park Conservatory.
You can also savor some spectacular architecture with Skydeck Chicago – Willis Tower, Chicago Cultural Center, Holy Name Cathedral, Robie House, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building and The Rookery.
The nature lovers can delight themselves with Millennium Park, Lakefront Trail, Maggie Daley Park, Crown Fountain, Buckingham Fountain and Chicago River. The wildlife adorers can savor some of the most amazing species of fauna at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
For the shopaholics, Water Tower Place, Macy’s on State Street, Adagio Teas, American Girl Place, Dylan’s Candy Bar and Nordstrom are the ideal destinations.
Some of the other prominent points of interests include Cloud Gate, Wrigley Field, Museum of Science and Industry, Michigan Avenue, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Symphony Center – Chicago Symphony Orchestra, North Michigan Avenue, The Magnificent Mile and United Center.
For the gourmets, Alinea, Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Au Cheval and Smoque BBQ are the best spots to relish some of the best most appetizing meals. While for the party goers, Kingston Mines, Chicago Detours, Second City, Chicago Beer Experience, Blue Chicago and House of Blues Chicago are the ideal points to make their nights rocking and happening.
When to Visit
The ideal time to uncover Chicago is April through May and September through October when the temperatures are pleasant, the hotel tariffs are reasonable and you can find cheap flights to Chicago. A lot of airlines offer cheap airline tickets to Chicago during this period.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is the major commercial airport serving the city. It is the fourth busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic and has the most number of runways (9) amongst any major international airport.