When to fly
Chicago’s seasons are intense – it’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter – but savvy travellers can always find cheap flights to Chicago.
Summer is between June and August and it is the peak of the festival season in the Chicago area with major events taking place in the parks and neighbourhoods every weekend, in spite of the heat and humidity from the Lake. Taste of Chicago, taking place mid-July at the lakefront is an outdoor food festival which showcases the variety of cuisines and local flavours accompanied by live music. Cheap flights to Chicago are more difficult to find during this popular festival. August is host to another popular event – the Chicago Air and Water Show. With free admission and lakefront location, the show attracts huge numbers of fans of aviation and adventure seekers.
September can be the most enjoyable and mild month of the year but there's less going on during this period.
January to March is least busy making cheap flights to Chicago and hotel deals attainable. However, true to its reputation as the “Windy City”, cold temperatures and brisk winds will make you want to stay inside for most of your visit.
Chicago is a skyscraper metropolis and a feat of modern architecture as well as home to what was once the world’s tallest building, Sears Tower. Chicago may not be a traditional tourist destination but you will find that the Second City is well worth a visit. As the hub of the Midwest, Chicago is not to be overlooked. Its picturesque skyline is reflected in the waters of Lake Michigan. World-class museums of art and science, fine public art, huge parks and sandy beaches and a multicultural vibe (thanks to the Poles, the Italians, the Greeks and the Irish among many other groups) make it an unbeatable destination for a holiday. First stop should be the lakefront, from Lakeview to Oak Street Beach, the entire area is bustling for things for you to do and to see. Take a cheap flight to Chicago and the city will match your passion.
Chicago has long been thought of as the nation's second city - indeed, Chicagoans only grudgingly admit that New York occupies first place. The city's central area, including the Loop and the Magnificent Mile, is famous for its combination of modern and historic architecture. Chicago is also home to many of the country's best museums and art galleries, including the Field Museum of Science and Industry and, reflecting the city's industrial heritage, the Museum of Science and Industry.