Chicago Tourism

Visit Chicago - Best of Chicago

One of the largest cities in USA, the vibrant city of Chicago in Illinois is located on Lake Michigan and boasts of a beautiful skyline. This lakeside city has the fourth strongest economy in the world. Chicago is a diverse and cosmopolitan city that hasn’t lost any of its genuine mid-western hospitality and friendliness.

The city is known for its rich musical cultural heritage and is also a historic hub for transportation. More importantly, the city is famous for its sports! Home to many sports stadiums and arenas, while on your visit to Chicago, it would be a crime to not watch a thrilling game (be it basketball, be it hockey or be it baseball) in action!

Divided into 77 distinct neighbourhoods, Chicago has something for every kind of visitor. In the words of Mark Twain, “It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them.”  Planning on visiting Chicago for the first time? Allow us to be your Chicago travel guide; we have a huge number of Chicago tours available on the list, you can book. Each one of you should visit Chicago at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Chicago.

Chicago Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Chicago tips for your visit

Essential Information

  • Time Zone: UTC-06:00
  • Currency: USD
  • Electricity and Internet:110 Volts and 60 cycles. Almost all commercial buildings are equipped with electrical receptacles. Wi-Fi access is available at most of the Chicago accommodations as well as many public spaces.
  • Languages: English.
  • Security: In case of an emergency, dial 911. If it is a non emergency, dial 311
  • Chicago office of Tourism: +1 312-744-2400
  • Tipping: Baggage Handlers, Coffee shops, hotel doormen, bell staff: anywhere between USD 1 to USD 3.
  • Restaurants: tipping is mandatory. Generally 18% of the billed amount.
  • Cab drivers expect tips whether you want to give or not! Keep a couple of dollars handy.
  • Smoking is prohibited by state law at all bars, restaurants, nightclubs, offices and public buildings. It is also banned near train stations.
  • Check the availability of Chicago tours before you go for booking.

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Facts and Stats for Chicago*

  • Pollution Statistics in Chicago

    Know the pollution level of Chicago before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 33.68 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.57 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.31 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 28.31 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 24.31 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.65 (Very Low)
  • Chicago: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Chicago for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Chicago.

    • Burglary and Theft 57.65 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 66.37 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 71.24 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 73.07 (High)
    • Car Stealing 55.05 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 65.76 (High)
    • Attacks 62.89 (High)
    • Drug offense 71.39 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 56.12 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 23.6 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 62.44 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 48.07 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 69.64 (High)
  • Living in Chicago - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Chicago is 157.9 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 34.23 (Low)
    • Climate Index 66.11 (High)
    • Pollution Index 38.85 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 44.14 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 81.35 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 66.52 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.39 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 129.08 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Chicago

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Chicago

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.52 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 48.86 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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