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In Short

Chicago is the home of the blues and the truth of jazz, the heart of comedy and the idea of the skyscraper. Here, the age of railroads found its centre, and airplanes followed suit. Butcher of hogs and believer in progress, it is one of the world's great cities, and yet the metropolitan luxuries of theatre, shopping, and fine dining have barely put a dent in real Midwestern friendliness.

It's a city with a swagger, but without the surliness or even the fake smiles found in other cities of its size.

Source: Wikitravel. A list of contributors is available at the original article on Wikitravel.

Quick Facts

Population: 
Approx. 2.9 million
Time Zone: 
CMT -6
Language(s): 
English (official), Spanish, Native American
Currency: 
American Dollar ($USD)
Electricity: 
110v - 60Hz

Dining

Chicago is one of the great restaurant towns in America. If you're looking for a specific kind of cuisine, check out the neighborhoods. Greektown, the Devon Ave Desi corridor, Chinatown, and Chatham's soul food and barbecue are just the tip of the iceberg. Other areas are more eclectic: Lincoln Square and Albany Park have unrivaled Middle Eastern, German, and Korean food, while Uptown offers nearly the whole Southeast Asian continent with Ghanaian, Nigerian, contemporary American, stylish Japanese, and down-home Swedish a few blocks away.

If you're interested in celebrity chefs and unique creations, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park have plenty of award-winners. River North has several good upscale restaurants, but don't waste your time on tourist traps like Rainforest Cafe, Cheesecake Factory, or the Hard Rock Cafe. In fact, you should never submit to standing in line — there are always equally good restaurants nearby. No matter what you enjoy, you'll have a chance to eat well in Chicago, and you won't need to spend a lot of money doing it — unless you want to, of course.

Source: Wikitravel. A list of contributors is available at the original article on Wikitravel.

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