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Der alte Arbeiterbezirk Logan Square im Nordwesten von Chicago ist zur Heimat für die kreative Szene der Stadt am Michigansee geworden.

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    Chicago: The cradle of the skyscraper

    The skyscraper’s birthplace, Chicago is dominated by soaring behemoths and some of the world’s tallest buildings, second only to New York as the USA’s financial and economic capital. But there’s much more to this culturally vibrant metropolis than big buildings and business. The Windy City lies on the vast glimmering Lake Michigan, with the Chicago River cutting a

    thrilling path through its colossal towers. Bars still echo something of the Prohibition era speakeasies – this was the home of Al Capone, after all – while there are countless music venues to get a taste of the blues for which Chicago is famous. With breathtaking art stops to boot, this is a city that doesn’t stop entertaining.


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    Sears Tower

    233 South Wacker Drive
    60606 Chicago
    Tel: 312 875 0066
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2200

    The tallest building in the world for a quarter of a century, the Sears (now known as Willis) Tower sees one million visitors a year on its observation deck.

    The Millennium Park

    201 East Randolph Street
    60602 Chicago
    Tel: 312 742 1168
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0600-2300

    This beautiful green space features an incredible stainless steel pavilion, as well as awe-inspiring artwork such as Anish Kapoor’s mirrored sphere, Cloud Gate.

    Navy Pier

    600 East Grand Avenue
    60611 Chicago
    Tel: 312 595 7437
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thurs 1000-2000
    Fri-Sat 1000-2200
    Sun 1000-1900

    A long-standing favourite with tourists is the pier pointing out into Lake Michigan and boasting an enormous Ferris wheel. It’s currently undergoing a major renovation but remains largely open.

    Art Institute of Chicago

    111 South Michigan Avenue
    60603 Chicago
    Tel: 312 443 3600
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    Opening times:
    Fri-Wed 1030-1700
    Thurs 1030-2000

    One of the biggest art galleries in the USA (second after New York’s Metropolitan), the Institute has a breathtaking new Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano.

    Architectural Tour

    224 South Michigan Avenue
    60604 Chicago
    Tel: 312 922 3432
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    The Architecture Foundation offers a fantastic river cruise that guides you through Chicago’s best lofty landmarks.

    The Wrigley Building

    400-410 North Michigan Avenue
    60611 Chicago
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1700

    Paying homage to Seville’s 16th-century cathedral, the white Wrigley Building was built in 1924 as the headquarters of William Wrigley’s chewing gum empire.

    Tribune Tower

    435 North Michigan Avenue
    60611 Chicago
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    A terrifying neo-Gothic skyscraper opposite the Wrigley Building, the Tribune dates back to 1925. Its top is modelled on the Rouen Cathedral in Normandy, France.

    330 North Wabash

    330 North Wabash Avenue
    60611 Chicago
    Tel: 312 621 8550
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    West of the Tribune lies the striking black space-tower designed by Ludwig Mies van de Rohe.

    Trump Tower

    401 North Wabash Avenue
    60611 Chicago
    Tel: 312 644 0900
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    A hotel and apartment building, this ostentatious ego-tower is the third biggest in the USA (after Willis Tower and New York’s One World Trade Center).

    Adler Planetarium

    1300 South Lake Shore Drive
    60605 Chicago
    Tel: 312 922 7827
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0930-1600
    Sat-Sun 0930-1630

    Claiming the title of America’s first planetarium, the highlight of the Adler is the Sky Theater and its incredible virtual-reality experience.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.


    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 319 millions (estimate 2018)

    Capital: Washington, DC.


    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorities.


    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.


    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    States can recognize other days as state holidays that are not federal holidays.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Martin Luther King Day: 20 January 2020
    President’s Day: 17 February 2020
    Memorial Day: 25 May 2020
    Independence Day: 3 and 4 July 2020
    Labor Day: 7 September 2020
    Columbus Day: 12 October 2020
    Veterans Day: 11 November 2020
    Thanksgiving Day: 26 November 2020
    Christmas: 25 December 2020


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Martin Luther King Day: 18 January 2021
    President’s Day: 15 February 2021
    Memorial Day: 31 May 2021
    Independence Day: 4 and 5 July 2021
    Labor Day: 6 September 2021
    Columbus Day: 11 October 2021
    Veterans Day: 11 November 2021
    Thanksgiving Day: 25 November 2021
    Christmas: 25 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The elevated metro in The Loop, known as the ‘L’ train, is good for getting around, and a worthy attraction in its own right. Most of the lines now run 24 hours a day; visit for information about passes. The Metra commuter rail system services the suburbs and nearby cities, while over 100 bus routes operate through the city.


    The Loop area is full of taxis that are easily hailed in the street. They’re charged by meter, with a 15% tip being the norm.


    Nightlife in Chicago


    Chicago has countless nightlife options, from the bars and clubs in and around The Loop, to spots in hip districts like Wicker Park.

    It’s also one of America’s most musical cities, so be sure to check out some live blues and jazz.

    Green Mill Jazz Club

    4802 North Broadway Avenue
    60640 Chicago
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    This legendary music spot is classic Chicago, taking you back to the days of prohibition, with live music from jazz masters.

    Second City

    1616 North Wells Street
    60614 Chicago
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    Bringing the laughs for 50 years and specialising in sketches, legendary comedy club Second City launched the likes of local-born Bill Murray.

    Redhead Piano Bar

    16 West Ontario Street
    60654 Chicago
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    Half a century old, this romantic piano bar offers sultry tunes and delicious cocktails in a small but swanky setting.

    Buddy Guy

    700 Wabash, Wabash
    60605 Chicago
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    As the pioneer of urban blues, Chicago is awash with blues bars. This one was started by a true legend, Buddy Guy, in 1989.

    Empty Bottle

    1035 N Western Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
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    A classic grunge venue that lies away from the centre in the so-called Ukrainian district, Empty Bottle is famous for hosting up-and-coming bands before they make it big.


    Restaurants in Chicago


    From pizza and hot dogs to ethnic food and haute cuisine, Chicago’s restaurants can satisfy any palate.


    2119 South Halsted Street, Pilsen
    60608 Chicago
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    Price: Expensive

    Hidden away in the unlikely Pilsen neighbourhood, this chic restaurant serves up an exciting, eclectic menu.

    Park Grill

    11 North Michigan Avenue
    60602 Chicago
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    Price: Expensive

    For terrific burgers and steak, head to this smart, traditional American restaurant overlooking Millennium Park.


    615 West Randolph Street
    60661 Chicago
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    Price: Moderate

    A fun, lively joint with shared tables and sleek wooden interior, Avec serves up such meaty treats as slow-roasted pork and braised lamb neck.

    Pizzeria Uno

    29 E Ohio St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    United States
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    Price: Cheap

    With a history dating back to 1943, this pizzeria claims to have invented the deep-pan pizza. Today it’s the flagship of a pizza-pie empire.

    Antique Taco

    1360 North Milwaukee Avenue
    60622 Chicago
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    Price: Cheap

    Husband-and-wife team Rick and Ashley Ortiz serve Mexican food as good as anywhere this side of ‘La Frontera’.


    Calendar of events

    Chicago Restaurant Week

    January 24 – February 9, 2020

    Venue: Restaurants across Chicago

    The Chicago Restaurant Week features more than 280 restaurants throughout the Chicago area, and a variety of special events. The restaurants offer fixed priced menus for lunch and dinner.

    Chicago Flower & Garden Show

    March 18 – 22, 2020

    Venue: Lake County Fair, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave

    Displaying everything from wonderful floral arrangements to the latest gardens tools and technology, this is a great event to look for inspiration and ideas for your own garden. Expert growers, florists and gardeners are on hand to give advice either on the stands or through a series of fun and interactive lectures and workshops. New features for the latest shows include advice on growing your own produce and an amateur garden photography competition.

    Grant Park Music Festival

    June 2020

    Venue: Millennium Park

    The Grant Park Music Festival was founded in 1935 to allow people of all backgrounds access to orchestral performances. This is both a critically-acclaimed festival and a highly popular one. The audience take their places on a first come, first served basis and many bring picnic baskets to feast al fresco.

    Taste of Chicago Festival

    July 8 – 12, 2020

    Venue: Grant Park

    Claiming to be the world’s largest outdoor food-fest, this event is a gastronomical extravaganza that annually attracts around three million people. Your taste buds will go wild sampling more than 200 different items from a variety of cuisines like American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Irish, African and more.

    Chicago Air & Water Show

    August 14 – 16, 2020

    Venue: Fullerton to Oak Street

    Going strong for more than 50 years, this event is the largest and oldest of its kind in the United States. It can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

    Columbus Day Parade

    October 12, 2020

    Venue: Streets of Chicago

    A national holiday that is celebrated all over America, the day marks the date in 1492 when Christopher Columbus arrived in America. The city of Chicago marks the occasion with a parade through the city from Balbo to Monroe. Now-a-days, more and more American communities are trying to take the emphasis away from Columbus and now prefer to celebrate ‘Indigenous People’s Day’ in its place as a way of recognising the many different faiths and ethnicities that make up modern day America.

    Chicago International Film Festival

    October 14 – 25,  2020

    Venue: Various cinemas in Chicago

    Screened at various venues across the city, the annual festival is one of the biggest and oldest film festivals in the US. Judged by an international jury, a selection of features, shorts, animations and documentaries are awarded with prestigious prizes adding a little glitz and glamour to proceedings. The exciting screening programme includes films from all over the world offering audiences and wide and varied experience.


    November – December 2020

    Venue: Daley Center Plaza

    Attracting an estimated 1 million visitors each year, Chicago’s annual Christkindlmarket is a four-week open-air shopping market at the Daley Plaza in the downtown area of the city. In addition to the numerous stalls selling everything from speciality foods to handmade Christmas decorations, younger visitors can pay a visit to the Daley Plaza’s Santa House to give Santa their Christmas wish-lists. Other children’s attractions include lantern-making workshops, puppet shows and a traditional merry-go-round.

    Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

    November 2020

    Venue: North Michigan Avenue

    Chicago’s premier shopping street is transformed each year into a winter wonderland. The trees along its length are spangled with more than a million white lights, welcoming the start of the festive season. The stores play their part with special promotions and offers, while a programme of entertainments runs through Saturday beginning with a stage show of Walt Disney characters. Other attractions include a winter walk with carol singers, cheesecake decorating, a holiday petting zoo, children’s activities and Guuggenmusig, with a selection of Swiss tunes. Mickey Mouse throws the switch on the illuminations before leading a parade through the street. Finally the evening explodes in colour and light with a fireworks spectacular over the Chicago River. On the following Sunday, the lights remain on all day.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Chicago


    Whether seeking a cheap hotel room or an ultra-luxurious suite, Chicago has a plethora of each with a lot of in-between.

    Travellers should always check for special rates or promotions, particularly during Winter Delights (Nov-Feb) or other special events.

    The James Chicago

    55 E Ontario St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    United States
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    Category: Expensive

    With plenty of contemporary artwork, a lively bar and good steaks, this is one of the hippest high-end choices.

    The Peninsula

    108 East Superior Street
    60611 Chicago
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    Category: Expensive

    Off Michigan Avenue, The Peninsula boasts classic glamour with great views out to the lake.

    The Wit

    201 North Street
    60601 Chicago
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    Category: Moderate

    In the heart of the theatre area, this contemporary boutique option has a fabulous rooftop restaurant.

    Hotel Burnham

    1 West Washington Street
    60602 Chicago
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    Category: Moderate

    Ideally situated next to Millennium Park in the city centre, this impressive hotel is from the Kimpton eco chain of hotels.

    Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

    933 Skokie Boulevard
    60062 Chicago
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    Category: Cheap

    Plush and comfortable with big work areas for business travellers, this reasonably priced hotel also boasts a great Italian restaurant.


    On the move in Logan Square

    Der alte Arbeiterbezirk Logan Square im Nordwesten von Chicago ist zur Heimat für die kreative Szene der Stadt am Michigansee geworden.

    Logan Square, the old working class district in the northwest of Chicago has become the home of the creative scene of the city on Lake Michigan.

    But for all the new cocktail lounges, Michelin-starred restaurants and galleries to be found there, it’s the old-established bars, liquor stores and small corner shops that continue to lend the neighborhood along Milwaukee Avenue its traditionally rough image.

    Lula Café

    2537 North Kedzie Blvd
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-773-489-9554
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    Opening times:
    Sun–Mon 0900–2200
    Tue closed
    Wed-Thu 0900–2200
    Fri-Sat 0900–2300;
    bar open through 0200

    A seat by the window inside the Lula Café or – weather permitting – at one of the tables out front is the perfect spot to relax and take in the scene in Logan Square. The Lula satisfies an array of culinary preferences, serving anything from vegetarian bean sprouts for breakfast to steak tartare in the evening; reservation recommended.

    Comfort Station

    2579 North Milwaukee Ave
    60647 Chicago
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    Opening times:
    Wed 2000–21:30
    Thu 1900–2100
    Sat 1300–1800
    Sunday 1200–1500

    Built nearly 100 years ago as a shelter for weary wanderers, the Comfort Station still looks a little bit like a miniature Bavarian farmhouse. These days, the building is a hostelry for art. Every month, the gallery shows new works by local artists, as well as staging regular readings, films and concerts – a popular meeting place for locals and interested visitors. Admission free of charge.

    Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles

    3156 West Diversey Ave
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-773-654-3915
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1200–1900

    Transformer toys,  E. T. earrings, Blade Runner on VHS, music cassettes to trade: At the Bric-a-Brac, children of the eighties (and those who would like to have been) will find originals  they thought were long lost. But the present is also a regular guest here – when bands come along to perform in this tiny venue and DJs play their set. On top of all this, there’s an incredible selection of punk and garage vinyls, especially from the local scene. As you will see, the Bric-a-Brac is not just a time machine, but also a small, but exquisite record store.


    3205 West Armitage Ave
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-423-903-7093
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    Opening times:
    Thu, Fri 1800–2100
    Sat, Sun 1200–1800

    The fashion designers have also discovered Logan Square for themselves. In the minimalist setting of Tusk boutique, there’s a fine selection of original and exclusive garments for women – from vintage to chic and trendy. Owner Mary Eleanor Wallace not only selects each of the clothes she stocks herself but also the jewelry, designer pieces and matching accessories. Her success  shows she really knows her stuff: Tusk was named the “best new boutique in Chicago” in 2013 by the weekly journal Newcity.

    Katherine Anne Confections

    2745 West Armitage Ave
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-773-245-1630
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    Opening times:
    Tue, Wed 1100–1900
    Thu, Fri 1100–2100
    Sat 1000–2100
    Sun 1100–1700

    Every self-respecting trendy neighborhood needs a superior chocolate shop. At Katherine Anne Confections, you will find an array of exquisite delights: truffles, marshmallows and chocolates laced with rosemary, cherry, lemon, Earl Grey and a host of other flavors. Everything is home-made using only fair trade, organic cocoa and, most important of all, everything is: absolutely delicious.

    Logan Arcade

    2410 West Fullerton Ave
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-872-206-2859
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    Opening times:
    Mon–Fri 1500–0200
    Sat 1200–0300
    Sun 1200–0200

    Only one or two games, at most! That is probably what most people visiting Logan Arcade tell themselves. But then you find yourself standing at original consoles with cult games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Frogger and Killer Queen – and find you cannot tear yourself away. Forty old-school video games and 25 retro pinball machines awaken bittersweet teen memories. But at least now you’re old enough to order one of the 20 different bottled beers at the bar. So: Don’t forget your quarters – and go get those high scores!

    Longman & Eagle

    2657 North Kedzie Ave
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-773-276-7110
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    Opening times:
    Sun–Fri 0900–0200
    Sat 0900–0300

    Chef Jared Wentworth’s restaurant has been an institution in Chicago for six years now, and since 2011 it has also earned a star each year from the Michelin Guide. It specializes in modern, sophisticated US cuisine with strong Italian and Asian influences created using exclusively regional produce. From the farm straight to the table – the restaurant’s evening menu is determined by what the farmers are selling in the morning. No reservations possible.

    Logan Square Auditorium

    2539 North Kedzie Blvd
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-773-252-6179
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    Vietnamese Halloween parties, soul and punk concerts or battles of strength with the ladies of the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers – anyone wishing to spend the evening enjoying live music or a great party is advised to take a look at the program of the Logan Square Auditorium. All events take place in the old ballroom.


    3201 West Armitage Ave
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-773-252-9700
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1700–0200
    Sat 1100–0300
    Sun 1100–0200

    Scofflaw – that was what people used to call illegal drinkers during the Prohibition, and back in the days when Al Capone “ruled” the city, there were quite a few scofflaws around. Today, no one needs to drink in secret, and a good starting point for a long night in Logan Square is this stylish cocktail bar with its rustic teak counter, extensive selection of gins and whiskeys, and knowledgeable barkeepers who take their time to advise patrons ages 25 and over on their choice of tipple.


    2338 N Milwaukee Ave
    60647 Chicago
    Tel. +1-773-276-5802
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    Opening times:
    Mon–Fri 1730–0200
    Sat 1600–0300
    Sun 1600–0200

    Cole’s offers a pleasant insight into Logan Square’s zany nightlife. If you can squeeze inside, you will end up in a small bar serving whiskey and Pabst Blue Ribbon canned beer. In the back room, there’s a small stage and on the weekend, if you’re lucky, you could find yourself standing right in front of an Indian James Brown imitator. During the week, the program is devoted to comedy and cabaret. Cole’s charges no admission, but don’t forget to take along some ID as proof of age.

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    Climate and best time to visit Chicago

    Despite being known as the Windy City, there are few tear-inducing gusts to contend with – unless you count the occasional cool breeze from Lake Michigan. The lake does, however, help to cause very cold winters, with plenty of snow. Spring is unpredictable, with many wet days, while temperatures climb well into the thirties during summer. The end of summer or autumn are the best times to visit. During this period you’ll find a huge number of music concerts and outdoor festivals, as Chicago’s inhabitants make the most of the weather.

    Climate & best time to visit United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1


    Public telephones have become a rarity, but can still be found here and there. They take coins, telephone cards and credit cards. If you are planning to make regular use of public phones, it’s best to purchase a prepaid calling card from one of the many U.S. providers.

    Mobile Telephone

    Not all European cell phones work on the American network, since it requires a tri-band or quad-band device. Full network coverage is not always assured outside densely populated areas. Roaming charges are high here, so it is often cheaper to buy a SIM card from a U.S. provider. Low-cost prepaid SIM cards for making calls inside the country can be ordered online before you travel.


    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using unencrypted public Wi-Fi networks, it is not advisable to enter passwords, credit card details or banking credentials. We recommend using VPN app or security software to check Wi-Fi hotspots.


    Shopping in Chicago

    Key Areas

    As one of the USA’s economic capitals, Chicago is a bit of a retail paradise. The Miracle Mile on Michigan Avenue hosts department stores and high-end designer brands, with smaller boutiques on the neighbouring Oak Street.


    By Ogden Park in the West Loop, the Randolph Street Market is one of the best flea markets in America. There are impressive antiques to look at, as well as the hip Indie Designer Market, plus plenty of vintage clothing.

    Shopping Centres

    Bloomingdale’s Medinah Home, which was built in 1912, is worth visiting as much for the beautiful homeware on sale as the stunning building itself, said to be inspired by Andalusia’s Moorish forts.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting in formal situations and in business meetings. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Rosenbaum, Robert A.
    201 E. Huron Street
    Suite 12-150
    IL 60611
    Tel. +1-312-926-3600

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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