Chicago is an amazing urban landscape, with a stunning skyline including dazzling skyscrapers and magnificent gothic inspired buildings (including the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue) and some of the most famous architects have worked here including Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. It is not surprising when you look around this stunning city that the first steel-framed skyscraper in the world, the Reliance Building (now the wonderful Hotel Burham) was built here.
Typical of cities situated in humid continental climate areas (mid latitude zones with conflicting polar and tropical air masses) Chicago has extremely cold, snowy winters and lovely warm sunny summers, with plenty of rain and thunderstorms throughout the year. Chicago is often called ‘the windy city’ but this isn’t because of the weather, but instead because of the pompous, longwinded bragging by Chicago city officials, which goaded Charles Dana, (editor of the New York Sun) to famously gave it the ‘windy city’ nickname in 1893.
However Chicago does have a right to boast of its achievements, as in 1830 it was a mere outpost town with a population of under 500, but by 1893 it had recovered from a devastating fire and had become the second most populated city in the country, second only to New York. Economy was driven in the early 1900’s by heavy industry such as steel and huge meat packing plants, but in modern times computer technology, communications, research and finance drive the city.
Chicago is a great city to visit, full of culture and diversity and there are year round exhibitions, festivals and shows, as well as some excellent museums, art galleries and theaters. Chicago folk also love their sport, both watching and taking apart and was named ‘Best Sports City’ by the US publication The Sporting News in 2006. There are two major league baseball teams here, the National League Chicago Cubs, and the American League Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Bulls are one of the most famous basketball teams in the world, winning six NBA championships in eight seasons in the 1990’s, due with an unbeatable team line up that included the most iconic player in all times Michael Jordan.
If you are visiting this city on a budget, then there are plenty of excellent mid-range and cheap hotels in Chicago for you to choose from including:
* Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
– With luxurious rooms from $80 per night this excellent hotel is right in the heart of city, and has unique sense of rock and roll style.
* Omni Chicago Hotel
Rooms here are from $100 per night, and the hotel is situated right on the ‘Magnificent Mile’, which is one of the best shopping, dining and entertainment streets in the city.
* Chicago Hilton Hotel
The Hilton chain is renowned for its first class accommodation and service and standard rooms are very reasonable from just $73 per night. This hotel was built in 1927, and underwent a massive renovation in recent years to restore it to is original splendor.
* Hotel Intercontinental
This luxury hotel has rooms from just $70 per night and like the Omni is situated on the Magnificent Mile’. The Intercontinental has a fully equipped business centre, excellent dining facilities and comfortable guestrooms and public areas.
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