Chicago is something of an alpha world city, held in high regard for its economic and cultural influence beyond the borders of the USA. The city itself is a vibrant, bustling metropolis, but the residents are unbelievably welcoming, friendly and warm. And while Chicago is an international hub for commerce, finance, telecoms and transportation, it is also home to captivating museums, fascinating theatres and sprawling green urban areas.

With the vast waters of Lake Michigan lapping at the feet of Chicago’s picturesque skyline, it’s no wonder the “City of Big Shoulders” has been the inspiration for many great poets, writers, filmmakers and musicians. The diverse neighbourhoods of Chinatown, Devon Avenue, Far Southwest Side and Seoul Drive are a melting-pot of ethnicities from around the globe.

Millennium Park in Chicago is a must for arts and culture buffs, while Museum Campus is a civil engineering wonder with its criss-cross roads that connect the four main museums of Chicago – The Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Alder Planetarium and Soldier Field.

Lincoln Park Zoo, Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and Grant Park are great nature gardens. Indulge the shopper in you at Michigan Avenue, Lincoln Square and Southport Corridor. Theatre junkies can catch a show at the famous Chicago Theatre after spending a day on the fashionable beaches of Lake Michigan.

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