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Chicago's blend of office-laden skyscrapers and rail and steel industries lend it a cosmopolitan feel with blue-collar sensibility. Tourists are drawn to The Loop with its high-rise hotels and iconic attractions like the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and Millennium Park, which showcases the city's architecture, art and music. Go indoors -- especially in the harsh winter months when arctic winds blast off Lake Michigan-- for Chi-town's other famous offerings: jazz clubs, or theater (including the famed Second City improv troupe). Sports are another huge draw. The city is home to the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears and the ... Read more
Chicago Blackhawks. Dieters might want to skip a week here; Chicago's signature dishes include deep-dish pizza, hot dogs and infinite forms of sausage.

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The 'Windy City' is best visited when the winds fall into the 'breezy' rather than 'Arctic' category. Exploring can be a frosty adventure in the winter, but in the summer the beaches and parks come alive with outdoor events and the average temperature is 85°F (29°C), while in the fall, the sun continues to shine on fewer tourists and lower hotel prices.
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Local from Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Pittsburgh

Chicago was absolutely amazing!! Very fun and fit, everything was clean and everyone was friendly! 10\10

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Amazing food and people, astounding architecture, and seriously, the theatre capital of the USA. If you can see a play at one of the many top-shelf theatre companies (and not just all the Biggies, either), run don't walk.
OK, the traffic and parking can be lousy, and the weather is worse. But, plan some time in the City of Broad Shoulders and enjoy yourself.

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When you get to the dining table waiting for you personally is a choice of four salsas in a convenient stand with handle, complete. The salsas usually were hot, lemon & herb, garlic and tomato Nando's brand sauces. They were complemented by a regular salt-shaker on one side and peri -sodium on one other. The peri- since in the UK we appear to have been brainwashed into believing it is acceptable to spend 10 pence for a flitting of paprika blended with salt and dry spices salt shaker was possibly the greatest highlight of South Africa Nandos Menu Prices UK for me. Also to be charged for the peri-salt, the sum provided may be highly variable, with occasionally it being the others the concealing too intense, and barely observable for joy. Flowing on far mo-Re feeling is definitely made by your-self, and provided the free offering of limitless levels of Peri Peri sauces, why can we not possess the peri-sodium free too? Its designed to be a part of the Nandos Menu and Prices experience after all, and is also given free in USA, Canada, Sydney and Malta to list a few.

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Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Chicago bears many names - Windy City, City by the Lake, City of Big Shoulders, Second City, City in a Garden, My Kind of Town, Chiraq. Under all these names is a history which makes Chicago all the richer. Despite its frequent designation as a high crime and politically corrupt hotbed, Chicago is one of the best cities to experience just about every aspect travelers love in a destination: great food, an abundance of museums, art and culture, parks and gardens, neighborhood niches, professional sports teams, a killer skyline and a big body of water, lined by beaches. Whether you're traveling with family and want to enjoy an afternoon exploring life and science museums on the lakeside Museum Campus; or an art lover seeking out a multitude of museums, galleries and art centers along Michigan St.; or a foodie hoping to find some of the most unique flavors in up-and-coming restaurants (I recommend Cafe Marie Jeanne in burgeoning Humbolt Park); or traveling alone and want to duck in and out of boutiques, bookstores, pubs and coffee shops in the Wicker Park, Bucktown or Lakeview neighborhoods, Chicago is sure not to disappoint. When you do visit, plan to travel by the "L" (elevated rail) which is much more convenient and affordable than taxi or parking - and offers a lovely little tour of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Keep in mind, however, that the L does not travel all the way down to Hyde Park in the south side of Chicago, so if you want to visit the University of Chicago or the Museum of Science and Industry, you'll have to figure out the frustrating #10 bus line (or just plan to travel by car/taxi). For a little history, culture and good eats, don't hesitate to make your way out of downtown to the Little Italy or Pilsen neighborhoods where you can try an authentic Italian lemonade at Mario's or the decadent fusilli with tomato cream sauce and mushrooms at Bruna's, open since 1933. Or stick with downtown treasures - grab a flavorful cup of coffee at Intelligentsia coffee on Randolph before you explore art and architecture in the surrounding neighborhood's Cultural Center, Art Institute, and Chicago Architecture Foundation. Finish your day with a show at Goodman or Chicago Theatres. Whatever you do, plan to take time to stop and smell the roses when possible. There are so many hidden treasures to duck in and out of as you explore the city. My favorites are the Tiffany ceilings in Macy's department store and the Cultural Center ballroom, the lobby of the Palmer House Hotel, and the stunning architecture and observatory views of the Intercontinental Hotel.

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San Jose, California, USA

The best area to hit in Chicago in my opinion is the River North area. So many great restaurants and sightseeing including the infamous Trump Tower. River North truly is the best location in Chicago and it is why Trump decided to build Trump Tower at that location. Great restaurants include Hub 51, RPM, Rockit, Hubbard Inn, Benny's Chop House, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Sullivan's Steakhouse and Shaw's Crab house. Of course, you can always dine in Trump Tower and get a drink on the 16th floor!

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Glencoe, Illinois

Not a far drive or train ride away from the Windy City. A great day trip or even quick weekend.

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Local from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago is my favorite city. It's a huge city, but so much more manageable than other big cities. This is beautiful Lake Michigan.

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Palo Alto, California, USA

I went to college in the Chicago burbs and when I left I swore I'd never go back -- the summers are hot and sticky and the winters are no-exposed-skin-allowed cold. But many years removed from my grumbling about the weather, I've come to appreciate the city a lot more. It's got music culture oozing out of every back alley, as well as perhaps one of the country's most underappreciated dining scenes. I love the Art Institute and Shedd Aquarium is great for kids. The waterfront is beautiful and, while there are plenty of towering concrete buildings, it never really feels like a standoffish city -- maybe it's because of the friendly people who all seem to bond over the (terrible, horrible, no good) weather.

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Durham, North Carolina

Nothing better than strolling along the Lake Michigan Waterfront. Simply magical.

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