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Skyline from Lake Michigan Shedd Aquarium and Sears/Willis Tower Chicago Illinois USAThe bustling city of Chicago, third largest in the U.S., is a terrific vacation getaway! It offers world-renowned shopping, dining, museums, architecture, theater, music, world-famous Chicago, Illinois hotels and more. There is something for everyone in the Windy City!

For ten years, O'Hare International Airport (ORD) has received the Global Traveler Award for Best Airport in North America - select from many nearby Chicago IL hotels for convenience. As hub for American Airlines and United Airlines, this airport handles a million flights per year, so travelers really have no difficulty getting to Chicago. Midway International Airport (MDW) also welcomes its share of travelers via Southwest Airlines and many low-cost carriers. Driving your automobile is also an alternative, but public transportation in and around the city is convenient and easy by bus and rail; of course, taxis are available as well.

If you have never been to Chicago before, the city offers a Chicago Greeter program which matches a friendly, city-wise local with a visitor(s) for an informal 2-4 hour orientation. With all the sights and sounds of Chicago, it will be hard to decide what to do first!

If you choose to stay downtown along The Magnificent Mile, you can easily walk to the vast majority of attractions. And if there was ever a city with a top ten list of fabulous downtown hotels from which to choose, Chicago is it! Begin your downtown exploration with the John Hancock Observatory or Skydeck Chicago on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) - both offer you a spectacular view of the city from over 1000 feet above. Historic Navy Pier is set on Lake Michigan, offering a ferris wheel, music carousel, IMAX Theater, two performance stages, dinner cruises, shopping and dining.

The history buff will be in heaven with the many museums in the area. The Field Museum focuses on natural sciences such as archeology and biology. It is home to the world's largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex, nicknamed Sue. The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the most visited museums in the world with over 2,000 interactive displays.Lioness at Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago Illinois USA Shedd Aquarium, possibly Chicago's favorite tourist destination, displays over 32,000 fresh and salt water creatures for family enjoyment.

Two of the best zoos in the country are located in the Chicago area. The Lincoln Park Zoo has free admission and is open 365 days a year. Just west of Chicago you will find the Brookfield Zoo waiting to be explored. This zoo is comprised of more than 200 acres with over 2,000 animals.

Many visitors come to Chicago simply to shop, although the shopping is far from simple! Walking along the Magnificent Mile is an experience which should not be missed and generations have enjoyed browsing these amazing stores. Michigan Avenue features also include time-honored eateries, historic landmarks and amazing discount hotels (there's a lot of competition here, so watch for surprisingly cheap prices to pop up). It's really a great area with lots to do and a fantastic nightlife!

Buckingham Fountain near Grant Park Chicago Illinois USANo visit is complete without a sporting experience and Chicago supplies the best. The Bulls, the Bears and the Blackhawks professional teams all play here and boast excellent competitive action. The Cultural Mile along Michigan Ave and bordered by Lake Michigan offers a myriad of live and visual arts events, indoors and out. Grant Park is home to the Art Institute of Chicago and Millenium Park which anchors the Mile at the north end with 24 acres including an outdoor concert pavilion, the iconic BP Bridge, the Crown Fountain and Boeing Galleries. Some of the over 120 theaters in town are located here, so plan to attend a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or regional theater at Goodman Theater. Seven colleges are located in this area, including DePaul University.

With all of the activities offered in this sophisticated yet down-home city, you are sure to stay busy and content. No matter what time of year you choose to visit The Windy City, with the help of OneTravelSource.com you are sure to have a splendid and memorable time!

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