Best Time to Visit Chicago
Chicago is an exciting city, showcasing its exceptional features to visitors such as amazing modern architecture, top museums and unique live music and nightlife... Chicago is much more than just one of the world's main centers on commodity markets.
Best time to visit Chicago, Illinois
When not to go to Chicago, Illinois
What to visit in Chicago, Illinois
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WHAT TO VISIT IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
NIGHTLIFE AND LIVE MUSIC IN CHICAGO
Map of Chicago
See also: Map of Illinois
Downtown Chicago offers an exceptional and unique display of modern architecture.
The Loop (right in the heart of the city) is the main downtown reference: it's where the various exchange markets are located.
It's also inside the Loop and around it that located the most interesting districts and travel sites are located: the Chicago River, the Art Institute of Chicago (South Michigan Avenue); the Grant Park, the Gold Coast and the Old Town; the Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville, Chicago's Children's Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (around Michigan Avenue), the Wicker Park and Bucktown, the Oak Park, Chinatown, Little Italy, etc., etc.
Chicago has, probably, the best nightlife and the best live music in the USA. Jazz, classic music, dance, theater, nightclubs, gay clubs (Lincoln Park surroundings) abound all over downtown and specially along Halsted Street, Clark Street (The Loop/North Side), Uptown and Lincoln Park.
Explore the map below for details:
BEST TIME TO VISIT CHICAGO
The best time to travel to Chicago is June, Summer and Fall, but all depends on what you want and value most.
In the summer months, Chicago offers a wide set of events and lots of animation and outdoor activities, but these months have extremely hot days and big crowds and higher accommodation rates.
Autumn months (September–November) may be preferable (first snows usually start in December). They are sunny and mild, and the crowds and lines (students are back in school) are smaller at the major travel sites.
Spring weather is very unpredictable (more unpredictable than the very changeable and rather unpredictable weather of other seasons) but can be a good period if you are looking for cheap accommodation and indoor visits.
Winter months may also be a good option for those looking for mostly indoor visits and activities. Snow is common, and the winter weather is very rainy, but there are no big crowds on attractions and the accommodation prices are lower.
WHEN NOT TO GO TO CHICAGO
You may want to avoid the winter months, when temperatures attain very low levels and snowstorms strike the region. Unless you want to bet on low accommodation rates and indoor visits, then Winter and transitional months aren't exactly bad choices.
See the Chicago weather data map below for details about the weather in Chicago. But take into account that the data is just a rogh guide, for Chicago's weather is very unpredictable. Average temperatures may drop or rise deeply in close connection with hot air Golf currents or cold North currents.
Chicago Weather map
HOTELS, TOURS AND FLIGHTS TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
There is a wide range of accommodation in Chicago, though rather business oriented in the case of downtown hotels.
The Chicago O'Hare Airport is located 12 miles out of downtown.