A Weekend in Chicago | The Ultimate Travel Guide

02 May 2016


QUICK FACTS
Time Zone | Central
Average Summer Temperature | High 81F - Low 58F
Average Winter Temperature | High 47F - Low 18F
Major Airports | Chicago Midway & O'Hare International
Transportation | Divvy Bikes, $9.95 for a 24-hour pass
Average Hotel Price Per Night | $130 - $250
Average Meal Price | $17
Average Cocktail Price | $10

HISTORY
+ Many different Native American tribes inhabited the area, however the Potawatomi's were the prominent tribe during the 17th century when fur trading and exploration began reaching west.
+ The first US settlement was established in 1803 called Fort Daerborn.
+ Chicago was incorporated in 1833.
+ Chicago became a major trading port on Lake Michigan, and by 1854 the population was 30,000.
+ In 1871 the Great Fire of Chicago destroyed one third of the city, leaving thousands of residents homeless. However, Chicago was rebuilt and by 1930 the population was over three million.

LANDMARKS & SIGHTS
Millennium Park | Ice skating, music, and relaxation.
Navy Pier | Restaurants and rides overlooking Lake Michigan.
Lincoln Park Zoo | A free zoo!
Tribune Tower | Collection of world landmarks incorporated into the design. Fragments of the Alamo, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Pyramid can be found here.
Chicago Cultural Center | A free cultural center with impressive architecture.
Skydeck Chicago | Views of Chicago from above. 

WHERE TO EAT 
Portillo's $
Sublime Sushi $$
Giordano's $$
The Purple Pig $$$
Bottlefork $$$

THE MOST INSTAGRAM WORTHY SPOTS
The Bean
Buckingham Fountain
Lake Michigan 

MAP 

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