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Vacation in Chicagoland - Illinois

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Area Overview

Chicagoland is blossoming economically, and is one of the most vital business-friendly regions in the U.S. having reinvented itself with great success. Formerly an industrial city, it has increased the number of professional and service-sector jobs it offers.

The city and its surrounding communities are flourishing. The addition of new parks and cultural venues, strong interest in historic and architectural preservation, and an explosion in the number of people living downtown has sparked a boom in development and construction.

Chicago is one of the few affordable cosmopolitan cities in the world. Attractions include:

80 miles of public shoreline along Lake Michigan.
Outstanding public, private, and parochial schools.
Several of the world’s finest colleges and universities.
Home to America’s urban campus, 17 of Chicago’s largest not-for-profit higher education institutions collaborating on a range of initiatives.
Leading post-graduate schools.
Extensive public transportation that serves most corners of the region 24/7.
Some of the nation’s best known tourism attractions.
A world-class cultural and culinary scene.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

There are a million places to visit and things to do in Chicago. Seriously, a million. So how do you choose between all of Chicago’s top restaurants, nightlife, shopping and museums to fit them all into your week’s plans? Let us be your guide for all of the best that Chicago has to offer.

Explore the depths of the ocean at the Shedd Aquarium. Catch a fly ball at Wrigley Field. Take in a show at The Chicago Theatre. Ride the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. And that’s just day one.

Chicago boasts some of the best cuisine, attractions and entertainment in the U.S., including several of the top 100 restaurants in the country, the tallest building in the US, and one of the best orchestras in the world in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

From shopaholics and sports enthusiasts to thrill seekers and foodies, Chicago has something for everyone.

Cultural Activities

As with all major world cities, you could spend a lifetime exploring all of Chicago's nooks and crannies, but here are some great places to start.

Chicago's museums are so rich and robust that you can explore everything from culture, history, and art to planet Earth, the military, and even surgical science. Our theater scene is just as strong. Catch anything from a world-premiere production bound for Broadway to an edgy drama that will leave you breathless. Or catch some live music and watch your favorite artist make the stage come alive. Chicago is the birthplace of improv comedy, so of course, a comedy club must be on your to-do list.


At attractions around every corner, from high-flying observatories to Millennium Park where art and music mix with lots of room to play, you'll find fun every day of the year. And special events mean there's always something new to see. Grab your family and go!

Explore amazing Navy Pier, and discover the thrilling rides, activities, dining, shopping, museums, and cityscape views that make it the top destination in the Midwest. Don't miss special events like Winter WonderFest and other festivals, huge expositions showcasing flowers, sailboats, art, and toys - to name just a few, and dazzling summertime and holiday fireworks.

Not sure what to see first? Take a tour! Knowledgeable and entertaining guides will show you the sights known around the globe or to the unique architecture, food, and other places that tap into your special passions.


CTA, Pace, Metra, Amtrak, Bus services, airports.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  17.6  24.6  31.5  2.0 "
 February  22.6  29.9  37.1  1.9 "
 March  31.1  39.1  47.0  2.8 "
 April  41.4  50.2  59.0  3.6 "
 May  50.6  60.3  70.0  3.8 "
 June  60.6  70.3  80.0  4.1 "
 July  66.1  75.0  84.0  3.8 "
 August  64.8  73.7  82.5  4.1 "
 September  56.6  66.1  75.5  3.2 "
 October  45.4  54.3  63.3  2.9 "
 November  34.4  41.6  48.8  3.3 "
 December  23.1  29.6  36.1  2.5 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 20's and highs in the mid 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's.


Chicago offers more than 37,000 hotel rooms within the Central Business District (CBD).


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