Built on the shores of Lake Michigan and known for its rich culture, die-hard sports fans and of course, deep-dish pizza, Chicago, Illinois is abuzz with action and welcomes millions of visitors annually. Here, choose from a variety of Chicago vacation rentals in the city’s 77 neighborhoods then enjoy the area’s welcoming, mid-western hospitality. Below is some need-to-know information before visiting the “Windy City.”
Downtown Chicago is easy to navigate with its street grid setup. Its wide sidewalks, lakefront paths and extensive parklands make it a scenic walking city. For cyclists, Chicago’s bike sharing program, Divvy, is very popular and the city’s many bike lanes and bike racks accommodate riders. In addition to its pedestrian and cyclist-friendly layout, Chicago has one of the best and largest public transportation systems in the country, which can be extremely beneficial for visitors, especially those traveling with children. Not only is public transportation inexpensive, it gives riders unique views of the city’s downtown from its elevated “L” trains. If you plan on using public transportation, choose from a variety of Chicago condo rentals near a train station or bus stop.
Things to Do
Whether you’re a foodie or a shopaholic, looking for an action-packed outing or a laughter-filled evening, Chicago has it all. The city’s Navy Pier juts into Lake Michigan and offers carnival-like rides like a Ferris wheel, family-oriented museums, funky restaurants and beer gardens. Away from the lakeshore, the Chicago Zoo is camouflaged within the heart of the city. It’s a natural oasis offering loads of wildlife shaded by skyscrapers. Kids will love watching the animals while parents will appreciate the free admission. In season, catch a game at Wrigley Field or cheer on the beloved Blackhawks and Bulls at the United Center. A trip to Chicago would not be complete without strolling through Chicago’s art-filled Millenium Park before snapping a picture in front of the city’s signature landmark, Cloud Gate.
With 77 neighborhoods, each with their own tastes and cultural influences, the city’s food scene is a melting pot of flavors. Have a taste-off between Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s to decide on the best deep dish pizza. Dine alfresco at The Terrace at Trump or enjoy casual eats at The Little Goat Diner. Bring your appetite as you’ll never go hungry in Chicago.
For fashionistas, Magnificent Mile is a dream-come-true. This shopping area is lined with upscale department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s on Michigan Avenue and iconic Chicago landmarks like the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building give it a majestic feel. Here you’ll find Water Tower Place, an eight-story mall with mainstream stores and the flagship American Girl store. Downtown along the Chicago Loop is Fannie May Chocolates where you can pick up sweet treats to bring home for your friends.
Arts & Entertainment
Chicago is home to many world-class museums, including many that will excite the kids. Dinosaur enthusiasts love the Field Museum where the largest tyrannosaurus rex skeleton resides. Other great, family-friendly museums include the Museum of Science and Industry, the Children’s Museum and the LEGO Discovery Center. You don’t even have to go to a museum though to see impressive art displays as Chicago has a large collection of public art displayed along city streets and gardens. Once the sun sets, Chicago’s nightlife comes alive. Laugh your head off at The Second City where famed comedians launched their careers, or see an original play at one of Chicago’s 200+ theaters.
If you’re looking for the perfect city vacation, put Chicago at the top of your list. Stay sky-high in Chicago apartment rentals or book waterfront vacation rentals for spacious luxury. Wherever you are though, you’ll never be far from the action and Chicago might just become your new favorite vacation spot.