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Chicago Skyline Lake Michigan

Good to know

Chicago is also called the Windy City. The location on the huge Lake Michigan makes you feel like you're at the ocean!

Things to do

Reflecting yourself in the shiny sculpture "Cloud Gate" (also called "The Bean"), tracking down the latest food trends & enjoying the friendliness of the Chicagoans

My recommendation

In my big Chicago Blog & Travel Guide I’ll show the most important sights and what you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Chicago! And if you’re like me, always exploring the gastro scene in foreign cities and love to taste your way through all the specialties, you should take a look at my huge Food Guide Chicago on my blog! Chicago is famous for its culinary innovations!

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By the way: Unfortunately, like most American cities, Chicago is not really cheap. But with a City Pass, you can save a lot of money.

Read my review and find out, if it’s worth it!
Is the Chicago City Pass worth it or not?

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Tips for your trip to Chicago

How to get best to Chicago

Chicago has one of the largest airports in the U.S., O'Hare International Airport. It is even the hub of United Airlines.

From Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich you can even fly directly to Chicago.

Where to stay in Chicago

Chicago, like many major U.S. cities, is an expensive place - but not as expensive as New York!

I advise you to stay in the center of Chicago. This may be a bit more expensive, but it is especially practical if you want to be out and about in the evening.

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Visa

Under the Visa Waiver Program you can stay 90 days visa-free in the USA with a German passport and many others. However, you must have a valid ESTA, which you must apply for before you travel. The ESTA is valid for two years, but must be renewed before that time under certain conditions (e.g. when changing passports).

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The Visa Waiver Program also applies to many other countries.
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Facts about Chicago

How many people live in Chicago?

Chicago has a population of around 2.7 million, making it the third largest city in the USA after New York and Los Angeles.

How long is the flight to Chicago?

From Frankfurt, for example, the direct flight to Chicago takes about 8 hours.

Why is the Chicago River sometimes colored green?

Every year, the Chicago River is dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day. St.Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is also significant in Chicago due to its large number of Irish immigrants.

What is there to do in Chicago?

If you like New York, you’ll love Chicago even more! This city of millions on Lake Michigan combines a big-city feeling with a relaxed lifestyle and a high recreational value.

You can plunge into the huge skyscraper canyons, admire the fascinating architecture or enjoy the rich mix of art and culture. And don’t even get me started on the selection of good restaurants: Chicago is not only the birthplace of the amazing Deep Dish Pizza, but also a real paradise for foodies!

How expensive is Chicago?

Like all American cities, Chicago is not particularly cheap. Especially good food (if you don’t want to live exclusively on fast food) and the entrance fees for the most important sights can strain your travel budget. With the Chicago City Pass you can save quite a bit.

Chicago is not exactly cheap when it comes to hotels either. It is best to book your accommodation early to secure a good price.
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