By Laura Tiebert

Years in the past, while Frank Sinatra sang the praises of "my type of town," he was once saluting Chicago. Chicago remains to be a really vivid and eclectic urban that continuously reinvents itself. Cosmopolitan but no longer elitist, refined in many ways but refreshingly brash in others, Chicago is splendidly interesting and inviting. There’s lots to do and this consultant clues you in with the newest information on:
Four concepts for exploring the city
Five day journeys to close by attractions
Accommodations, starting from 3 of the world’s top luxurious motels to magnificent ancient getaways with glossy amenities
A procuring advisor that covers energy buying alongside the remarkable Mile and cut price looking in specific shops
The motion and sights, starting from Soldier box or Wrigley box to the Hancock Observatory to army Pier
Restaurants, together with every thing from based to family-style, and from Chicago’s recognized deep-dish pizza to all types of ethnic cuisine
Intriguing structure and exceptional museums, together with the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the sector Museum of typical background, and the artwork Institute of Chicago
Fantastic open air points of interest, together with Millenium Park, supply Park, North road seashore, nice zoos, and more
What to do while the solar is going down, no matter if you love the blues, ska, or hip-hop… the recent evening spots or nice theater
Culture, starting from Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the second one urban and Improv Olympics
Sports—baseball, soccer, basketball, hockey, and more—in a urban of notoriously passionate fans
Like each For Dummies trip guide, Chicago For Dummies, 4th variation, includes:
Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
What you shouldn’t pass over — and what you could skip
The top lodges and eating places for each budget
Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favourite pages
With this pleasant advisor that will help you choose between the simplest websites and points of interest, Chicago would certainly be your form of city.

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If you’re headed for a jazz or blues club, allow for a cover charge plus drinks (perhaps with a minimum drink requirement). However, some lively neighborhood bars serve reasonably priced drinks (see Chapter 16). And some entertainment won’t cost you a dime, such as noontime “Under the Picasso” concerts at Daley Plaza, and free movies at the Chicago Cultural Center (on South Michigan Avenue just north of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Oriental Institute Museum in suburban Hyde Park. In the summer, most music festivals in Grant Park are free, and the people-watching alone can keep you entertained all night long.

Com), based at the Petrillo Music Shell, at Jackson Drive and Columbus Drive in Grant Park, is the largest outdoor, free-admission event of its kind. Blues may be the city’s more famous musical export, but Chicago is also the birthplace of gospel music: Thomas Dorsey, the “father of gospel music,” and the greatest gospel singer ever, Mahalia Jackson, were Southsiders. This three-day festival offers music on three stages with more than 40 performances. Early June. com/extras/ printersrow), one of the nation’s largest free outdoor book fairs, which is located on Dearborn Street between Polk and Congress.

For ways to trim your budget, see “Cutting Costs — But Not the Fun” at the end of this chapter. Shopping This category is, of course, highly flexible. Budgeting often involves at least one four-letter word: sale. Check the daily newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times (especially the Sunday editions), for announcements. To be sure of hitting the city’s most spectacular sales, plan to visit in January. And when it comes to Chicago souvenirs, why not be creative? Instead of bringing home overpriced Chicago Cubs jerseys from the souvenir store, you can buy something unique, such as a package of money from your free tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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