The world’s first skyscrapers were built in Chicago and, like in New York, the soaring towers remain a feature of the city to this day.

All the highlights of 20th century architecture are here to be admired. The skyline of Chicago on the banks of Lake Michigan is one of the most famous in the world, and is simply a delight to behold. There are lots of different ways to explore the city; by boat is one of the best. But the views from above, that is from Hancock Observatory, or from the Sears Tower Skydeck are the most impressive.

Chicago is perfect for combining a spot of sightseeing downtown with relaxing beside Lake Michigan. In summer, it’s essential to go for a swim. Or you can stroll through one of the parks, or admire Buckingham Fountain, the city’s landmark. Whether in Chinatown, the Greek quarter, Polish Village or Little Italy, there is an abundance of fabulous restaurants, cafés, bars and music venues.

After all, the metropolis does have a legendary music scene. It is where the «Blues Brothers» was filmed. And of course, the legendary «deep dish pizza Chicago style» is not to be missed when you’re here! For instance at Gino’s East. However, apart from the impressive architecture, Chicago also has a wealth of museums housing very finest works of art. This city offers visitors a tremendous amount of flair and culture. And not a few people actually prefer it to New York.

City Facts

  • Location

    Third-biggest city in the USA, on the south-west shore of Lake Michigan.

  • Population

    About 2.7 million

  • Size

    Approx. 606 km²

  • Public transport

    Well-developed road and underground network.

  • Climate

    Continental climate with hot temperatures in summer and cold winters.

  • Best time to visit

    Lake Michigan offers the perfect beach conditions in summer. It gets very warm during the day, but the lake breezes bring pleasant temperatures in the evenings.

  • Good to know

    Not only is smoking banned in all public buildings, bars, restaurants, offices and so on in Chicago, but when smoking outside you must keep a minimum 4.5 metre distance from all entrances, exits and windows.

  • Nice to know

    Chicago is the second-biggest Polish city after Warsaw; it is also home to lots of Ukrainians and Swedes.

  • Airport

    O’Hare International Airport, approx. 27 km northwest of the city centre.

  • Railway

    The Blue Line goes directly from Terminal 1, 2 or 3 to the city centre; the journey takes about 40 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi ranks outside Arrivals. It’s about a 30- to 45-minute ride to the centre.