America’s ‘Windy City’ has plenty to impress. With its mighty skyline, vast lakes and swinging blues music scene, a holiday in Chicago is guaranteed to blow you away.
Chicago holidays are all about culture and art; home to Hemingway, its very own blend of soulful blues and a generous spattering of high-flying architecture from Frank Gehry's futuristic Pritzker Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright's stained-glass Robie House, Chicago is nothing short of a cultural treasure trove. Wander along the streets and stop to admire whimsical public art or duck into one of the many art museums housing everything
from impressionist masterpieces to psychedelic paintings.
As well as culture, the city boasts an eclectic array of nature from long stretches of coastline studded with beaches and recreational areas to hills blanketed in orchards and vineyards. And don’t miss a visit to The Great Lakes - so vast they could be mistaken for inland seas; explore quaint resort towns, climb substantial sand dunes and stop off to snap a shot of a picturesque lighthouse.
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The American Midwest has a staggering variety of sights to surprise and seduce. And the headline act is Chicago, the nerve centre of the region. Anyone looking to soak up culture won’t be disappointed. As the birthplace of the blues, it’s brimming with bars showcasing the latest talent and Chicago holidays are also renowned for their impressive architectural sights as designed by greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. So why Original Travel? We have the knowledge and experience to plan every aspect of your stay so there’s nothing left to chance. Whether it’s the inside track on the best museums, tickets to the hottest sports games, or even directions to the tastiest hot dog stands, we have expert guides and a local concierge on the ground with the know-how to help you squeeze every last drop from your stay in the ‘Windy City’.
Need to know about Chicago
Chicago holidays are a chance to experience not only the city’s impressive music, architecture, art and food scenes, but to peel back the layers and see another, greener side that lies in wait. Many peaceful natural refuges can be found surrounding the urban centre; beaches fringed by dunes, expansive orchards and vineyards and the awe-inspiring landscapes of The Great Lakes. Be part of a crew on a Lake Michigan charter boat, ride the choppy waves and cast your line in an attempt to catch salmon and trout as the city skyline shimmers behind.
What is there to do in Chicago?
When it comes to planning your stay, Chicago holidays are anything but boring. Visit The Art Institute of Chicago and marvel at its extensive Impressionist collection; stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk and see murals and sculptures; get face to face with eagles, lions and crocodiles at Lincoln Park Zoo; taste the best noodles of your life in Chinatown or take a tour around the home of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The city has 22 miles of shoreline that faces an expanse of blue so vast it looks like the sea, so watersports are also an excellent option during a holiday in Chicago. Whether you like to amp up the adrenaline on a kayak or jet ski, or you prefer things a little more low-key on a rowing boat or paddle board, there’s something to suit everyone.