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Chicago is an iconic city in the USA, located on Lake Michigan. Here you can visit world-class museums, go sightseeing at architectural landmarks, spend the evening at blues lounges, and sample the famed Chicago deep dish pizza, to name a few. This happening city especially comes alive once the sun sets with boundless cocktail bars, restaurants, pubs, and comedy clubs open until the early hours.

Chicago is a foodie’s paradise with a range of impressive culinary experiences, from ethnic communities with authentic global restaurants to the city’s Restaurant Row, lined with some of the city’s finest eateries. Chicago is also a cultural hub, home to some of the country’s finest galleries and museums. Check out our Chicago holiday packages and start planning the ultimate city break!

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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States

Room Only 3 Nights
From £1139 per person View Offer

Local Information & Travel Tips


Getting around Chicago is convenient with its extensive public transportation system, including buses and the iconic "L" trains (short for "elevated"). Visitors can also use rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. Consider purchasing a Ventra Card for easy access to buses and trains.

Visa Requirements

To travel to the United States of America, British citizens need a valid passport and a visa or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). You can apply for a visa with Brightsun. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s USA travel advice.

Plug Types

In the United States, the standard voltage is 120 volts, and the power outlets are Type A and Type B, with two flat parallel pins or two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin, respectively. Bring a universal adapter if your devices have different plug types.

Safety Tips

While Chicago is generally safe for tourists, it's essential to remain vigilant, especially in crowded tourist areas and public transportation. Keep your belongings secure, be cautious when using ATMs, and avoid walking alone in unfamiliar areas at night.

Local Culture, Traditions, and Customs

Chicago is known for its diverse cultural heritage, reflected in its vibrant neighbourhoods, music, and cuisine. Embrace the city's friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and respect cultural differences. It's customary to tip in restaurants and for services like taxis and hairstyling (typically around 20% of the bill).


When dining out, wait to be seated by the host/hostess, and be mindful of table manners. In social settings, it's polite to greet others with a firm handshake and maintain eye contact during conversations. When using public transportation, offer your seat to elderly or disabled passengers.

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Best Beaches

Chicago boasts stunning beaches along Lake Michigan, including Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beach. Relax on the sandy shores, take a refreshing dip in the lake, or enjoy water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding.

Must-Visit Attractions

Don't miss the opportunity to visit iconic landmarks such as Millennium Park, home to the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as "The Bean." Other must-see attractions include Navy Pier, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Places to See

Embark on an architectural tour to admire Chicago's skyline, featuring skyscrapers designed by renowned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Marvel at the historic Chicago Water Tower, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Center.

Local Cuisine & Dining

Indulge in Chicago's culinary scene with deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches. Explore vibrant neighbourhoods like Pilsen and Little Italy to sample diverse cuisines from around the world.

Shopping & Souvenirs

Discover world-class shopping along the Magnificent Mile, where upscale boutiques, department stores, and luxury retailers line the street. Visit bustling markets like the Randolph Street Market for unique finds and vintage treasures.

Local Festivals, Holidays & Events

Experience the city's vibrant culture through festivals and events like the Chicago Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, and Lollapalooza music festival. Immerse yourself in live music, delicious food, and cultural celebrations throughout the year.

Nightlife & Entertainment

Explore Chicago's nightlife scene with rooftop bars, jazz clubs, and speakeasies offering craft cocktails and live entertainment. Head to the historic neighbourhoods of Wicker Park and Logan Square for trendy bars and eclectic nightlife venues.

Family-Friendly Activities

Treat the family to a day at the Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, or the Museum of Science and Industry. Enjoy outdoor activities at Millennium Park's Crown Fountain or take a scenic boat tour along the Chicago River.

Unique Experiences

Take an architectural river cruise to learn about Chicago's famous buildings or catch a show at the renowned Second City comedy club. Explore the city's vibrant street art scene in neighbourhoods like Pilsen and Wicker Park.

Nearby Attractions

Venture beyond the city limits to explore nearby attractions such as the picturesque town of Oak Park, home to Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpieces, or the charming waterfront of Evanston.

Weather in Chicago

Chicago experiences a varied climate throughout the year, with distinct seasonal changes. Here's what you can expect when planning your trip:

Spring (March to May)

Spring in Chicago brings milder temperatures, ranging from around 5-15°C. It's a transitional season with occasional rain showers, so pack layers and an umbrella.

Summer (June to August)

Chicago summers are very warm and humid, with temperatures averaging between 20-30°C. July is typically the hottest month, with temperatures occasionally reaching above 30°C. It's the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities and festivals, but be prepared for occasional heatwaves.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn brings cooler temperatures, ranging from 10-20°C, and colourful foliage. September and October are particularly pleasant months to visit, with mild weather and fewer crowds.

Winter (December to February)

Chicago winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. January is the coldest month, with temperatures averaging between -5°C to 5°C. Be prepared for snowstorms and icy conditions, but don't let the cold deter you from exploring the city's indoor attractions and holiday festivities.

Best Time to Visit Chicago

Chicago offers a range of experiences throughout the year, from outdoor festivals in the summer to cosy indoor activities in the winter. Be sure to check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly to make the most of your visit to the Windy City.

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