Why Visit Chicago
Chicago has always been an epicenter of innovation. The first skyscrapers rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, the first cell phone was invented here, and the first televised political debate was broadcast from Chicago. Add in world-class museums and restaurants, and you'll find endless reasons to visit Chicago.
When to Visit Chicago
Chicago travel is a year-round pleasure. Summer and fall are the most popular seasons to enjoy the 14-mile lakefront locals lovingly call their “front yard.” To experience the city’s, museums, restaurants, and vibrant theater scene with smaller crowds and lower hotel rates, visit Chicago in winter or spring.
Chicago averages 189 sunny days a year with summer highs in the 80s and winter lows in the teens. The city’s lakefront location can cause abrupt, unpredictable temperature swings. Although the nickname "Windy City" originally arose from "long-winded" politicians, it aptly describes the gusts off Lake Michigan.
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