|Documents and Visas|
Passport, visa and length of stay
To avoid any problems when you arrive in the United States, check to make sure you have a valid passport.
The need for a visa and its duration depends on your nationality.
Embassies and consulates.
As you prepare for your trip, take note of the contact information for your embassy and consulates outside the capital. You can go there to reprint your travel documents in case of loss and to get a series of tips (health, safety, etc.). Each embassy usually has an emergency number that can be used only if necessary. Most of the time there is also a social services office to help you, even in an emergency.
There are no mandatory vaccinations to visit the United States.
Before leaving, it is advisable to take out good medical insurance so as not to incur high medical or hospital costs.
|Useful Info |
Population of Chicago: approximately 2,705,994
Language: English is the official language of the country
Religion: Most of the population is Protestant.
Currency: The currency of the United States is the United States dollar.
Visa, Mastercard, Amercan Express are the most used and therefore accepted credit cards throughout the country.
Before leaving, we recommend that you consult with your bank to activate withdrawals and use your credit card in the United States.
Time zone: GMT-05: 00
Climate: Chicago has four distinct seasons and therefore it is important to inquire about the climatic conditions of the period in which you want to visit this beautiful metropolis.
Winter in Chicago is characterized by temperatures hovering around -4 / -5 degrees belowzero, in fact snow is a usual phenomenon. For the inhabitants of the city, the month of March is still considered a winter month due to its low temperatures and uncertain rainfall.
Spring starts from the month of April although the best time to visit the city starts from May onwards. During this period, temperatures rise and the fresh air of the lake contributes to maintaining freshness even on the hottest days.
Summer, on the other hand, is characterized by temperatures around 25 and 30 degrees, although higher temperatures are perceived due to humidity and sultry air.
For those who don't like the cold, the best time to visit Chicago is from May to July.
|What to eat |
One of the best known foods in Chicago is the "Chicago Hot Dog", very different from the hot dog that is usually eaten in the rest of the country. One of the highlights is in fact the seasoning that cannot be ketchup! The main condiments are seven and some of these are: mustard, onion, green relish or pickled cucumbers.
Meat cannot be excluded from the list of "things to eat in Chicago", the real pride ofterritory: in the past, from here all supplies for the entire nation started! We recommend tasting the "T-Bone" served with hand-cut peeled fries and sauces. A real treat for the palate!
And for gourmands? The invention of one of the best known American desserts in the world belongs precisely to Chicago: the famous brownies! You can eat at any time: at breakfast accompanied by juice or coffee, in the afternoon with a good cup of tea, or at dinner as a dessert to end the evening!
|Where stay |
Chicago is one of the most visited cities in the United States, not only thanks to the tourist attractions but also thanks to the many international congresses and fairs that take place here. Precisely for this reason there are many accommodations in Chicago that are divided into different neighborhoods.
The central district is called "Chicago Loop" and is the beating and frenetic heart of the city. The accommodation offers are endless: from cheap hostels to luxury hotels with unique benefits. Right here you will find the areas most popular with tourists along with clubs, pubs and avant-garde restaurants.
Another recommended neighborhood for your stay in Chicago is the "North Side",in an excellent position with respect to the actual city center, it will also be appreciated by those looking for accommodation in a quiet area, far from the chaos of the Chicago Loop. This neighborhood is also characterized by its beautiful panoramic view of Lake Michigan with several attractions on Navy Pier, Linkoln Park and its green areas.
|The 5 things to do and see |
A fascinating metropolis, with its skyscrapers and busy life in full American style. The skyline broken by the presence of Lake Michigan and its attractions, as well as the many museums and monuments that the city offers. Let's find out what are the places to visit during your stay in Chicago.
|1. Lake Michigan |
The only lake entirely on American territory, its waters bathe the coasts of four states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois! Many times it can be confusedwith the sea, given the truly impressive dimensions: think that there are more than 100 lighthouses around the lake! The lakefront offers many attractions that are very popular with tourists both during the day and in the evening, mainly concentrated at the Navy Pier. Every day several mini lake cruises leave to enjoy the spectacular view of the city skyline and realize the infinity of this lake!
|2. Sears Tower |
Also known as Willis Tower, this skyscraper is located right in the heart of the city! The climb to its top gives unforgettable emotions, not only for the view it offers on the city and its surroundings but also for the glass balconies suspended in the void that offer brave visitors a thrill to be experienced!
|3. Millenium Park |
The largest park in the city, popularboth by its inhabitants and by tourists from all over the world. Famous for its particular position and the use of pedestrian walkways to reach the long lake, it preserves many curious attractions inside. For example the creation of the artist Anish Kappor, "Cloud Gate", a great work of art of over 100 tons of steel that is called by the inhabitants "The Bean" (the bean) captures the attention of many visitors!
|4. Buckingham Fountain |
The only one of its kind here in Chicago, is the Buckingham fountain, designed on the model of one of the fountains of the Palace of Versailles, It consists of almost 200 jets of water that form a water game - absolutely not to be missed! In winter it is easy to find it off due to the cold seasonal temperatures, but in summer it delights visitors to Grant Park (its location) with its majesty.
|5. Lincoln Park Zoo |
One of the oldest zoos in the United States. If you are in Chicago with friends or children, this stop is mandatory. From small African penguins to majestic lions and funny monkeys, fun is guaranteed here at Linkoln Park Zoo! We recommend having a free map at the park entrance to choose the most suitable route.