Chicago - Understand Chicago and Survival Guide (PDF Chapter)

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All the info you need on everything from history, architecture, sports and Chicago dining to flights, public transport, climate, money, the internet... you name it. And get tips for travellers with disabilities.

  • a rundown on how Chicago’s downtown booms with new skyscrapers and a culinary revolution, but the rest of the city struggles to catch up
  • info on Chicago’s architecture and its cloud-poking towers that are just the beginning of the fabled skyline that spans Prairie, beaux-arts and art-deco styles
  • full coverage of Chicago dining that sees high gastronomy meet deep-dish comfort food, spiced with Mexican, Polish and Asian fare
  • details on public art, poetry slams, improv comedy and homegrown electric blues stars, all offered in a populist tradition

Coverage includes: Chicago Today, History – from the Chicago Inferno and the birth of the skyscraper to the post-Daley years, Architecture: First Chicago School, Prairie School, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, Second Chicago School and Chicago Architecture Today, Sports, Chicago Dining: From Midwestern Farms to Urban Kitchens, Chicago’s Best-Loved Specialities, Food Media and City of Chains, Music & the Arts: Visual Arts, Music, Literature & Spoken Word, Theater & Comedy, Dance and Cinema & Television, Transportation and Directory A–Z.

Chapter Details
40 pages

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These are our most comprehensive, in-depth city guides, designed for visits lasting from a couple of days up to one week or more. Packed with extensive coverage, reviews, well-kept secrets, hidden gems and much more, they’re invaluable before and during your trip.

  • Information-rich to ensure you get the most from your time away
  • Organised by neighbourhood with detailed listings on everything
  • from top sights and activities to shopping, nightlife and accommodation
  • Includes an A-Z Survival Guide and extensive pre-planning sections
  • Full colour, pull-out detailed city map plus colour maps throughout

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