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Inside Background
Chicago is known the world over for its architectural prowess. Since most of...
Last edited: 07 August 2011
Poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago the "city of big shoulders." It's an apt...
Last edited: 02 August 2011
Chicago is no more or less safe than any large tourist destination in the US as...
Last edited: 26 January 2009
Chicago started life as a smelly marshland onion field (it's name comes from...
Last edited: 03 August 2011
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, with nearly 3 million...
Last edited: 18 February 2012
Frommer’s Chicago, Frommer’s Chicago With Kids:   Both books are indispensable...
Last edited: 03 February 2007
Chicago is known as the Windy City. The name comes from its "windy...
Last edited: 06 November 2012
Whether for business or pleasure, millions of visitors come to Chicago for a...
Last edited: 02 September 2007
Take a walk around Belmont area (El Stop: Belmont).  It has great shopping. The...
Last edited: 24 May 2006
Choose Chicago is the official destination marketing organization for Chicago...
Last edited: 06 June 2013
Whether you are spending a week or 3 days in Chicago there are certain...
Last edited: 22 July 2008
Chicago hosts diverse venues for meetings and a number of other resources...
Last edited: 22 July 2008
Chicago is quite a liberal city, especially for the Midwest. There is a...
Last edited: 02 April 2012
With attractions and activities galore, Chicago is everyone's kind of town...
Last edited: 27 March 2006
Surprising Find in the Chicago's Loop If you like Asian, African or Indian...
Last edited: 20 November 2008
Here is a link to some photos of Chicago. Chicago Pictures
Last edited: 03 February 2007
Inside Transportation
Chicago is served by two international airports as well as a major Amtrak...
Last edited: 14 January 2013
Chicago has one of the world’s simplest street patterns and numbering systems...
Last edited: 30 March 2014
  Complete information, including how to get from point A to point B can be...
Last edited: 14 January 2013
Taxi Cabs Taxi's and limo in Chicago are regulated by the City of Chicago and...
Last edited: 15 November 2012
Union Station Chicago is ENORMOUS.  Allow plenty of time to know where you are...
Last edited: 18 December 2012
In Chicago, like any big city, taxis are in demand.  Despite this, you will...
Last edited: 19 July 2013
  Getting through Customs at O'Hare is fairly painless. Step 1 - no cellphones...
Last edited: 03 September 2007
Chicago is a fantastic destination...and a very large one.  Your first...
Last edited: 19 October 2013
Bad snow removal after a 1979 blizzard was the downfall of Mayor Bliandic, the...
Last edited: 26 January 2009
It's always a surprise  to run into someone that lives in or around Chicago...
Last edited: 19 December 2012
As the second busiest airport in the world, O'Hare obviously is a...
Last edited: 29 November 2012
Inside Things to Do
This is a listing of a few possible day trips you can make from Chicago. North...
Last edited: 12 December 2013
Among the city's newest events are... Looptopia 2008, an all-night party held...
Last edited: 02 March 2014
Public Transportation:  1-day visitors pass is $5, includes unlimited bus and...
Last edited: 09 November 2010
These are a few must do activities in Chicago. Chicago Visitor Info Center...
Last edited: 17 December 2008
Chicago is home to some of the world's most renowned natural, cultural and...
Last edited: 28 March 2011
Chicago Nightlife is richly varied and impossible to capture in this sort of...
Last edited: 26 November 2006
On any given weekend, Chicago usually has over 100 plays for you to choose...
Last edited: 20 March 2012
While Michigan Ave. features the well-known luxury department stores and...
Last edited: 27 January 2009
There are outdoor ice skating rinks at Millenium Park and Navy Pier.  Skate...
Last edited: 16 December 2008
This particular walk from Belmont to the Lincoln Park Zoo area and beyond is...
Last edited: 16 December 2008
There are over 25 major attractions to see in Chicago! That is great, but it...
Last edited: 22 March 2014
Located in northern suburb of Glencoe, these 385 acres should not be missed on...
Last edited: 01 August 2013
Chicago by the water, is a mostly summer activity.  Chicago is located on the...
Last edited: 08 March 2009
            The Chicago Cubs are one of the city’s two Major League Baseball...
Last edited: 19 April 2008
The Chicago Greeter service is a must-do for first time visitors AND those...
Last edited: 17 June 2008
            One of the largest sporting events to come through the state of...
Last edited: 16 December 2008
            The Chicago area has two major daily newspapers, and numerous...
Last edited: 18 August 2006
City Gallery is a free art gallery located inside the Historic Water Tower...
Last edited: 23 February 2014
While Chicago has loads of outdoor activities, sometimes an easy indoor...
Last edited: 16 February 2010
Travelling to Chicago can be very expensive and put a huge dent in your wallet...
Last edited: 07 April 2014
There are two major league baseball teams in Chicago - the Cubs and White Sox...
Last edited: 14 August 2006
On a Cold Day in Chicago  The wind city has great places to go if it happens to...
Last edited: 28 October 2013
  Chicago's famed Taste of Chicago runs from June 26 through July 5, 2009 from...
Last edited: 31 May 2009
            The Chicago Bears are the city of Chicago’s local team in the...
Last edited: 18 August 2006
            The Chicago Park District is a city sponsored organization in...
Last edited: 18 August 2006
            There are almost 80 library branches located throughout the city of...
Last edited: 16 December 2008
            The Chicago White Sox are one of the city’s two Major League...
Last edited: 18 August 2006
            Constructed during the late 19th Century, the University of Chicago...
Last edited: 16 December 2008
Curved, glass covered office building at the bend in the Chicago River in the...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
Considered a miracle of engineering at the time of its construction.  Most of...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Arie Crown Theatre is attached to McCormick Place, a large (and growing...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
Important art museum (one of the larger ones in the US) combined with a well...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Claus Oldenburg's monument , this baseball bat-shaped sculpture is located on...
Last edited: 20 March 2009
Near north night club famous for its drag shows.  Clientele is usually more...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Contains the apparel portion of Bloomie's Chicago operation.  The home...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
This building was formerly known as the Medina Temple and belonged to the...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
This cemetery dates to 1877 and is notable for its entrance resembling a Czech...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
Along with Harlem, this was one of the centers of African-American culture in...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
Art Deco skyscraper recently renovated in its new incarnation as a Hard Rock...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Former site of the Chicago Public Libary, this lovely building is known for its...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
This synagogue in the heart of downtown Chicago provides multiple services...
Last edited: 06 February 2009
Chicago Temple is the First United Methodist Church of Chicago and the oldest...
Last edited: 17 January 2011
Anish Kapoor's bean-shaped sculpture is considered to be the centerpiece of the...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Only remaining mausoleum from Chicago's original public cemetery.  It was...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
Internationalist style building houses city offices and the main Cook County...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Multi-ethnic (but predominatly South Asian) shopping and dining strip in the...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, this gothic style church includes a...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
For over 30 years G. R. N’Namdi Gallery has been internationally recognized as...
Last edited: 05 February 2011
Large historic conservatory (primarily indoor but some outdoor displays...
Last edited: 18 March 2014
Small park located in the North Mayfair neighborhood.
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Historic and well-known Chicago cemetery located near Wrigley Field.
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Somwhat of a remnant of a formerly much larger area tragically demolished in...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Seat  of the Chicago Catholic archdiocese.
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Louis Sullivan designed this Chicago religious landmark.
Last edited: 18 March 2009
Part of a large and continually expanding group of apartment and office...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
Multi-colored building across from City Hall was built on the site of the...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Very popular neighborhood beach just beyond the northern terminus of Lincoln...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Just inside security at Terminal 2 and next to gate F1, the children's...
Last edited: 28 December 2009
Chicago's source of drinking water, port access to the Atlantic via the Saint...
Last edited: 03 August 2010
Sleek curved black apartment building dominates this stretch of the lakefront...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Lookingglass Theatre may be found in the historic Water Tower Water Works...
Last edited: 22 April 2013
LUMThe Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) is dedicated to the exploration...
Last edited: 30 August 2012
Formerly Marshall Field's this early twentieth century vintage department store...
Last edited: 04 December 2012
The view from the bridge is one of the best vistas the city has to offer.  The...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
This is both a park and a street.  It runs directly through the University of...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
Millennium Park, completed in 2004 (4 years late and enormously over budget...
Last edited: 08 March 2009
The two-building block represents old-style masonry and new-fangled steel...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Large outdoor sculpture is a late work of Dubuffet and is located neat the...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is a highly engaging museum located...
Last edited: 10 December 2013
Unlike the other department stores on the Michigan Mile, this glitzy import...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Business hours are Mon-Tue-Thur & Fri 11am - 7pm.   Saturday hours 10am - 6...
Last edited: 30 April 2009
Early-established Chicago cemetery located somewhat off the beaten tourist path...
Last edited: 18 March 2010
The word "oriental" in the name might confuse some.  The collection has nothing...
Last edited: 30 October 2012
Well-known and iconic monument located in Daley Plaza in the Loop.
Last edited: 19 March 2009
This was a truely beautiful building. Before it burned. It has not been...
Last edited: 25 June 2008
One of two well-established Mexican restaurant and retail districts in Chicago...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Historic company town built for the employees of the Pullman Railroad Car...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Beautiful example of early Chicago style skyscraper architecture, renovated as...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Very large and very old cemetery located in the far northern portion of the...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Largest gay bar and club in Illinois, famous for its Sunday afternoon...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago is home to the Peninsula Spa. Spa services...
Last edited: 01 September 2009
Great ambience, fun place to get your hair cut Just off Michigan Avenue, in the...
Last edited: 01 June 2008
Here are the facts on Supernatural Chicago. 1: IT'S NOT A TOUR. It's a one-man...
Last edited: 12 July 2011
Large Reform synagogue located on Lake Shore Drive.  Built in a combination of...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
Vertical shopping mall located at 900 North Michigan Avenue at the northern end...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
The Newberry Library is a pleasant and studious place to spend the day. This...
Last edited: 21 September 2009
The name comes from a short-lived structure which occupied the site between the...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
A diverse neighborhood which is partly Ukrainian, partly Hispanic, and partly...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Very well stocked bookstore in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.
Last edited: 19 March 2009
One of the country's great historic railway stations.  The brightly lit and...
Last edited: 18 March 2009
One of the top academic sites in the United States, and probably the university...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Wicker Park is the former meca of the Chicago art community and location of the...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
Very popular and long established feminist bookstore also includes an extensive...
Last edited: 19 March 2009
Zebra Lounge, established in 1933 first opened in 1929, is one of the oldest...
Last edited: 10 December 2008
Inside Dining Scene
Mr. Beef is a small shack only known to natives. It is home to the greatest...
Last edited: 11 December 2008
Chicago is one the most beautiful cities in the world.  The club scene here is...
Last edited: 11 December 2008
Chicago's food scene has taken off in the past decade, making it arguably the...
Last edited: 02 January 2009
Restaurant inside the Chicago American Girl Place has table side seating for...
Last edited: 17 December 2008
WINE 'EM AND DINE 'EM An insiders secret to Chicago is its BYOB restaurants...
Last edited: 04 December 2009
Cafe des Architectes is the main restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel in Chicago and...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
While Chicago is widely known for its dining spots, where do you go if you're a...
Last edited: 10 December 2008
Brew Pub Chicago AURORA Two Brothers Roundhouse - Brewpub  Map 205 North...
Last edited: 15 November 2013
Chicago is known as one of the top culinary destinations in the world, a point...
Last edited: 21 August 2008
Chicago, although known for great steakhouses, has quite a wonderful assortment...
Last edited: 17 December 2008
Baladoche offers carryout Belgian waffles, gelato, espressos, chocolates, and...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
Cafe Central is a family-owned restaurant. It  has been around for five decades...
Last edited: 10 December 2008
Now open for Lunch 6 days a week and Brunch on Sunday.
Last edited: 27 May 2009
Cozy Noode & Rice serves lunch and dinner. They also offer catering...
Last edited: 11 December 2008
De Pasada has awesome carne asada tacos and burritos, great horchata and red...
Last edited: 11 December 2008
Dlck's Last Resort is a great destination for folks who know how to have a...
Last edited: 11 December 2008
This is a wonderful, homey cafe located just outside of Downtown Chicago.  The...
Last edited: 16 November 2009
A great Chicago tradition within the loop. Lots of history on the walls, lively...
Last edited: 17 March 2009
Fornello is a local favorite of many folks in the Lakeview area, most likely...
Last edited: 17 December 2008
Giordano's on Rush Street has other Italian dishes in the menu, but the real...
Last edited: 17 December 2008
Giordano's is a great restaurant, they serve deep dish Chicago style pizza. The...
Last edited: 11 December 2008
Glenn's Diner was featured on Diner's, DriveIn's and Dives with Guy Fieri. Here...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
Think Jerry Seinfeld. Hilltop is a neighborhood diner that services staff at...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
Kings Gyros is worth the drive from nearly anywhere. The guys there seem to...
Last edited: 10 December 2008
Lavazza cafés are casually-elegant European-style coffee shops serving...
Last edited: 02 February 2009
Winds Cafe's hours: Sunday: 11am-12am (Sunday Brunch Buffet: 11am - 3pm...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
Maxim's is a nice mix of fun especially on Friday's.  Food is o.k. but the bar...
Last edited: 11 December 2008
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week.  Kitchen 11 AM to 2 AM.  Bar 10 AM to 4...
Last edited: 16 December 2008
Moretti's Ristorante & Pizzeria is a mid- to low-range price Italian...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
Official Website: http://www.nuevol... Reviews: http://www.restau...
Last edited: 28 May 2008
One of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Chicago, the Orange Garden has a...
Last edited: 22 June 2009
New romantic restaurant in south Lakeview serving American cuisine with global...
Last edited: 31 May 2009
Papa's Cache Sabroso provides a variety of (Puerto Rican NOT Mexican) dishes...
Last edited: 10 December 2008
This super charming Edgewater cafe is hoping you'll Pause…and smell the coffee...
Last edited: 16 December 2008
The restaurant Ras Dashen (pronounced Rahs DAH-shen) gets its name from the...
Last edited: 18 January 2009
Riva is worth a visit.    Good food & service.   Price reduction if attend...
Last edited: 17 December 2008
Cuisine : Puerto Rican
Last edited: 18 July 2006
  In West Lincoln Park neighborhood, about $10 cab ride from the lively Rush...
Last edited: 12 December 2011
German Food
Last edited: 31 July 2009
Tiffin is one of the most popular Indian restaurants in the heart of Chicago's...
Last edited: 16 December 2008
West Town Tavern serves contemporary comfort food Monday through Saturday...
Last edited: 20 June 2009
Woo Lae Oak has the feel of an upscale place, but the staff is accepting of...
Last edited: 19 December 2008
Inside United States: For Foreign Visitors
Currency  The United States uses the United States dollar as its currency. The...
Last edited: 25 March 2014
A little preparation will help simplify the process of entering the United...
Last edited: 03 June 2013
Despite the best of intentions, accidents and illness happen when away from...
Last edited: 13 August 2013
Temperature in the United States... How Hot is HOT? How Cold is COLD?  100°F...
Last edited: 12 March 2013
General: The standard American telephone number is ten digits, such as (555...
Last edited: 12 April 2014
While tipping is NOT mandatory in most of the United States, it is expected in...
Last edited: 24 January 2014
In many states motels, hotels and innkeepers of any description are subject to...
Last edited: 08 September 2007
Being victimized by scandalous businesses when traveling is one of the sad...
Last edited: 22 May 2013
Depending on where you travel to in the U.S. bottle/container deposit laws...
Last edited: 02 October 2010
United States of America has a history of unified etiquette protocols that may...
Last edited: 22 March 2014
A discount shopping trip in the United States can be a real bonanza for...
Last edited: 25 September 2013
Canadian citizens flying between a Canadian and American airport require a...
Last edited: 26 April 2009
Before making international travel, it is important to determine the electrical...
Last edited: 08 April 2013
  Some Anglophone Nations  United Kingdom On your first visit to the USA from...
Last edited: 26 March 2014
There are many Forum posts where people ask about how to use their Mobile Phone...
Last edited: 17 December 2013
When going for a holiday or even for a short trip a checklist with "not to...
Last edited: 05 November 2013
Eye Contact In the United States, most people consider it polite, and a...
Last edited: 26 March 2014
Contents:  1. Understanding the "sales tax" on merchandise and food in the U.S...
Last edited: 06 March 2014
The following links provide access to lots of travel and tourist information...
Last edited: 20 January 2014
This is a listing of SmartPhone and Tablet Apps that will be of benefit to the...
Last edited: 20 January 2014
Many visitors to the United States go to typical tourist areas like New York...
Last edited: 20 January 2014
In the U.S., there are certain customs about the young that may differ from...
Last edited: 28 October 2010
Everyone who arrives in the United States is processed by U.S. Customs and...
Last edited: 11 January 2014