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"The land of skyscrapers"

Chicago Tourism

Third largest city in the United States, Chicago is a metropolitan situated in the state Illinois. Beautified with the outlining freshwater Lake Michigan, the Windy City is known for its diverse and lively neighbourhoods.

With a population of more than 3 million people, Chicago is a city full of life. Be it music, art, comedy, or architecture- the city never fails to disappoint. The high skylines and blue fresh waters of Lake Michigan are the ornamental prides of Chicago. Sandy beaches, distinctive museums, extraordinary parks, diversified neighborhoods, enthralling house music, lip-smacking dishes and upscale shopping are just few of Chicago's treasures. There's a lot to do in this vibrant city, and chances are that you'd want to stay a little longer.

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Currency in Chicago

Being in the States, USD is the only currency used for transactions in Chicago. Most of the restaurants, hotels and shops accept credit cards. If you choose to pay in cash, there are satisfactory number of options for currency exchange.

Exchanging Money in Chicago

You can get your currency exchanged at various banks and exchanges in the city. Although, it is recommended to use ATMs whenever possible to withdraw local currency which are widely available in Chicago.

Daily Budget for Chicago

Daily costs for staying in Chicago including meals, transportation, communication, entertainment, alcohol, tips and some other expenses vary depending upon your preferences. A budget traveler would manage easily with around USD 55 - 60; while mid-ranged travel would cost you something near to USD 140. If you're visiting Chicago for a luxurious experience, you might be required to spend any amount over USD 390.

Religion of Chicago

Out of 60% religious people in Chicago, around 38% of them are Catholics. Other religions followed here are an eastern faith, LDS, Islam, and another Christian faith.

Chicago Customs

Dressing up casually would be fine here. Smoking is strictly prohibited (and punishable), in all public areas. The standard for tipping in Chicago is 15% to 20%. Gratuity is generally added if you're in a group of 5 or more.

Language of Chicago

Most of the people in Chicago commonly use American English to communicate. A portion of the population here also speaks Spanish, English being the second language.

History of Chicago

Before the invasion of European settlers, Chicago was the home to Potawatomi tribe. It was incorporated as a town in 1833. It is known that Chicago is a city built on swamps and mud. Hence, it was indeed achallenging task, but could be accomplished due to vigorous civil engineering projects. Sadly, most of these efforts went in vain when the city turned to ashes in 1871 due to the Great Chicago Fire. But this was just a test Chicago evidently passed, the result of which is the Windy City with buildings touching the skyline, and vibrant neighborhoods to make you feel alive.

Nightlife in Chicago

If you want to bump into some good local breweries and dive bars, Wicker Par, Logan Square and Bucktown are the right places to go to. With exuberant options of bars, pubs, taverns, comedy clubs, night clubs, sports bars and live music, these are the neighborhoods to rush into for the best nightlife experiences: West Town, Old Town and River North.

Shopping in Chicago

Shopping in Chicago is incomplete without checking out 'The Magnificent Mile'. It is a stretch of North Michigan Avenue, where you can find boutique shops, department stores, indoor shopping malls and speciality shops. Other shopping spots in Chicago include State Street, Chicago's Loop, Water Tower Place and Wicker Park & Bucktown.

Restaurants and Local Food in Chicago

The most important culinary specialities in Chicago are 'Chicago's deep dish pizza' and the 'Chicago hot dog'. The best way to look out for a nice place to eat a pizza here is asking a local to identify the local favorite places; or try these popular deep dish pizza hubs: Pizzeria UNO & DUE, Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, and Giordana's. Crowned as the perfect hot dog, this Chicago-style delicacy can easily take over your full meal. A proper establishment to eat this all-beef hot dog is Vienna Beef Factory deli. However, if you get your hunger call while in downtown, head to Portillo's.
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How To Reach Chicago

The two major airports in Chicago connect it with rest of the world. Buses and trains can be taken if you are coming from another city in the US.

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