Greetings and welcome to the InterContinental Chicago, and all the delights of the Windy City. Your Concierge team invites you to share in our knowledge of our great city and hope that when you leave it is with fond memories of your stay.
Right in the heart of the Magnificent Mile shopping area, but just a ten to fifteen minute walk from the best to see in Chicago. Lake Michigan to the east. The river and parks to the south as well as the Great Art Institute of Chicago. Just north of the Mag. Mile you have Oak street and North avenue beach as well as the great Hancock Tower shooting up into the sky. Some of the best restaurants in the midwest can be found all around us.The various bus lines in front of us can take you anywhere.
In recent years, Chicago’s way to start the day has evolved from the traditions of yesteryear to one of an active and vibrant lifestyle reflecting the tempo of the city. Start your day with any of the area’s newest breakfast/lunch venues such as YOLK, Wildberry or Fox & Obel. To help burn those calories, there are many area attractions in close proximity such as Navy Pier, the Cultural Center, and Millennium Park, home to CloudGate (better known as “the Bean”). Make sure to take in the serenity of the great lawn along with the beauty of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion located north of the lawn. This is the where locals and visitors alike come prepared with blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy the many free concerts.
Chicago prides itself on its lakefront along with its many beautiful parks. Take a walk, jog or bike ride along the 18 miles of Lake Michigan Shores or select from many seasonal activities ranging from shopping, trolley and double decker bus tours, architectural tours by boat or land, Segway tours, kayaking or ice skating! For a more relaxed scenario, high tea or alfresco dining are among the more popular ways to enjoy Chicago mid-day.
Nightlife is an ever changing landscape which is exciting! Renowned chefs and restaurants with tasty and unique selections have contributed to Chicago’s distinction as a culinary destination. Clubs with a wide range of music are within reasonable distance of the hotel. Views of Chicago’s skyline at night are breathtaking and can be enjoyed from many vantage points including a dinner cruise or the observatories at the John Hancock Building or Willis Tower.
Because Chicago is still growing and earning its reputation as a vibrant city there has been a tremendous influx of restaurant openings. Many great Chef's have been lured by the possibilities of our city.
Chicago is exceptionally child-friendly and even in the more upscale restaurants your kids are accommodated without question. Children's portions are almost always available. It also works that way for vegetarians or vegans. Many restaurants accomodate the diet restrictions of their patrons
You can request to share a cab from the airport which will cut the fare to downtown in half. The taxi dispatcher will arrange everything for you. The Chicago public transportation system called the CTA is quite extensive and visitors can forgo bringing their vehicles and just relax.
Weather conditions can change drastically in a matter of hours, plus temperatures vary between the lake front and more protected areas inland. It is always good to bring an extra layer of clothing like a light sweater that you can take off if it gets to warm or keep for the cool days
In the summer, thunderstorms often form in the afternoon, frequently delaying travel both in and out of the airports. It is advisable to book a morning flight to avoid delays.
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Chicago meat industry history
The Chicago meat industry spawned a number of inventions over time, like the refrigerated railroad car. This was designed in order to ship pre-cut meat instead of livestock to the East Coast.
Chicago River Reversal
In 1900 the flow of the Chicago River was permanently reversed in order to protect the quality of the drinking water at the time.
March 17 - Irish National Holiday
Not just a rumour, the Chicago River gets tinted green on Saint Patrick's Day.
Some of the best deals for visiting the city can be found during the winter months. This goes for not only the hotel rates but the sightseeing tours around the city and the surronding suburbs
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Buying a CTA card
The best way to see and explore the city is through its exceptional public transportation. You can purchase either a daily pass or weekly pass and use it on both the bus or train system.
Credit cards are the preferred American way to pay. In Chicago you can even pay your taxi fare with a credit card.
The best time to visit Chicago is during the warm months of the year, especially to enjoy the lake. Even so, temperatures by the water can be as much as 10°F cooler than slightly inland.
Chicago is well known for its wonderful architecture which can be explored by walking the city or taking the architectural boat tour on the Chicago River.
Taxis are available from both O'Hare and Midway airports and cost approximately $40 and $30 respectively. The Continental Airport Express also runs shuttles to downtown hotels at a cost of between $20 and $25 per person. Public transportation is available via CTA 'El' trains. From O'Hare, you should take the Blue Line train to the Clark and Lake stop and then a five minute cab ride. From Midway, take the Orange Line train to the State and Lake stop. The cost is $2 per person.