When thinking about a new place to visit there are a few things you may want to consider. For instance, what kind of history is behind the city, are the majority of people that live in this city around the same age as you, what are the most popular places to see, where should I go eat and lastly what famous sports teams belong to the city.
There are plenty of hotel options to choose from when coming to visit. However if you are traveling on a budget there is always a room available to rent on AirBnb. Also, if you would like to have an outstanding rating on your customer profile under your AirBnb account, look into hiring a cleaning service. They will make sure to clean your rental better than when you arrived!
Founded in 1830, Chicago is the largest city in the midwest and the third largest city in the US overall. The name Chicago comes from a Miami Indian word for the wild leeks that grew on the bank of the short Chicago River.
In October of 1871 The Great Chicago Fire occurred burning down a third of the city and leaving over 100,000 people homeless. At the time the city was largely comprised of wooden buildings which were susceptible to burning quickly when drought and high winds aided a spark of fire to burn the town.
By the late 1800’s, Chicago quickly rebuilt and became a hub for businessmen. The worlds first skyscraper was erected in Chicago and years later brought famous architects to add to the city’s skyline.
- White: 49.14%
- Black or African American: 30.51%
- Other race: 11.19%
- Asian: 6.22%
- Two or more races: 2.63%
- Native American: 0.28%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
Popular Places To Visit
In Chicago, there are many places that you can go a spend the whole day in just one spot. Millennium Park should be your first stop, its free to all and showcases art and architecture. Not too far from there is Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. This is also free to visit and spans an impressive 319 acres.
Lincoln Park Zoo is one place you will not want to miss! Another free place to visit that Chicago has to offer. Home to many species like zebras, sloths, hippos and more, you will not want to skip out this! The Museum of Science and Industry has so much to offer. Prices to enter the museum vary but they are nothing that will break the wallet. With more than 35,000 artifacts you will surely find things that will blow your mind.
Navy Pier is fun for the whole family. Extending out over Lake Michigan, you can spend time on the 200 foot Ferris Wheel and see the beautiful skyline from up above. With plenty of gift shops and stores, you can get your shopping fix done right here as well.
You cannot come to a new city without checking out a sports game while you’re there. Chicago is home to some of the worlds most famous teams. Whether you are going to the United Center to see a Bulls or Blackhawks game or taking your pick between the north side Cubs or the south sides’ White Sox you will definitely be in for a treat. Not to mention the Chicago Bears at Solider field causing a quite a commotion with their “Bear Down” slogan. All of the championship winning teams have die hard fans that are ready to show you how the Windy City does sports.
Food. How can we forget about the most important thing on everyones mind. Or so we think. Walking through the city you will be hit with various smells from every corner. From Greektown, to Chinatown and all the way back up to the north side of town for some middle eastern delights. Coming here and indulging on the best the city has to offer, you will be sure to leave with a full stomach as well as a full heart knowing you have made the right choice.
Deep dish pizza is what everyone knows Chicago for, but the variety of ethnicities helps deliver food that you might not have otherwise tried. You can have authentic Italian food on the northwest side or stop by Pilsen on the south side to try some of the best tacos your taste buds will ever touch.
Here are three restaurant recommendations we suggest you try out!
Nonna Silvia’s Trattoria & Pizzeria
Located at 1400 Canfield Road on the Northwest side of the city in a suburb called Park Ridge. Nonna’s borders Chicago as it sits on the other side of the street. Home to hand rolled gnocchi and their famous grilled calamari they do it like Nonna used to. They are also listed on Trip Advisors Hall of Fame for receiving the Certificate of Excellence 5 years straight!
Since 1971, Greek Islands has been serving traditional Greek cuisine to customers in the Greektown neighborhood. Located at 200 S. Halstead Street it is dubbed America’s Most Popular Greek Restaurant. They have gluten free as well as vegetarian dishes to cater to everyone. Be sure to come here on an empty stomach because you will want to try it all!
Located at 24 South Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Loop, The Gage is iconic. The menu is full of elevated classics, like bison tartare, poutine, and entrees like fish and chips. Located steps away from Millennium Park this is the hot spot for tourists who know where to get good food.
With all that being said, when coming to Chicago you have so much rich history to learn about, great food to taste, and wonderful architecture to see. There’s just something about Chicago that can’t be beat!