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Chicago

Where to Visit

Not only is Chicago known to be one of the most popular cities in America and maintains a good reputation when it comes to sports, but it is also known for various points of interest. Some of the top places to see include the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute of Chicago and more! The aquarium is visited by greater than 2 million guests yearly and remains Chicago’s most visited cultural attraction. There’s more than 80 habitats for all explorers to see while they get acquainted with more than 32,000 different animals from the globe’s aquatic habitats. So view the country’s most visited aquarium where you can take part in activities and be educated on several kinds of species across the globe. Voted as the number one museum worldwide by TripAdvisor in 2014 was the Art Institute of Chicago. Listed as one of the top places to view in Chicago, the museum offers several items to see. Head over to see all of these amazing things housed in the recently unveiled Modern Wing, which opened in 2009. Items to be viewed include galleries that feature art from ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas.

What to See and Do

Chicago is known for its bold and unique architecture. The city is not only famous for its good reputation pertaining to sports, but also the many museums it has to offer along with its amazing skyscrapers. Amidst the city’s immense skyscrapers, visitors can also find a lakefront stretch of sandy beaches, where they can soak up the sun. There’s Oak Street Beach in Lake Shore where you can participate in activities such as volleyball and skating, along with exercising. If you want to have a family day at the beach or barbeque, Ohio Street Beach would be definitely suitable for you. You can travel with your personal grill, invite family and friends, play some games or relax. There are plenty beaches in the amazing city where you can swim, build sand castles, join a game of volleyball or just catch some rays.

Food and Drink

Whether you’re searching for a restaurant to give you a once in a lifetime dinner, a casual lunch or to sit and have coffee over breakfast, Chicago has plenty options to choose from. Ranking in the top 10 by TripAdvisor is Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf, offering American and Steakhouse cuisine. The restaurant also offers seafood and gluten free dishes. Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf is considered to be the best steakhouse in Chicago and has an attractive menu for diners to choose from. Some menu options include shrimp cocktails, crab cakes, pork chops garnished with wild mushrooms and much more. There’s also a wide array of beverages to choose from including old fashioned drinks, beers, bourbons, scotches and whiskeys. So when you visit Chicago, do not miss out on the best steakhouse in the entire city.

When to Visit

Given that Chicago is classified as a humid continental city, with all four seasons, the best time to visit Chicago are April through May or September through October. Temperatures around these months are typically warm and hotel rates are most reasonable. Around spring, there are exciting activities and festivals taking place in the busy city. There’s the Chicago Improv Festival which is a week of off-the-cuff-performances at several venues offering exhibiting local talent as well as national performers while Mayfest offers visitors a ‘kick-off start’ to the summer activities. In fall, there’s the Chicago International Film Festival. You can also visit Chicago’s pristine beaches and relax in the summer period where you can take in the best temperatures. With Chicago offering so many things to do all year round, you would always be captivated.