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Chicago

The windy city

Air New Zealand began flying non-stop between Auckland and Chicago on 30 November 2018. The flight takes just over 15 hours.

Chicago is a historic city where art, architecture, culture and music collide. Become immersed in the renowned soulful jazz music at one of the local jazz clubs, experience the Chicago Blues Festival and visit the theatre or buy seats at a Broadway in Chicago Show.

If you enjoy sport, Chicago has a lot to offer from basketball or football or Baseball as well as many others. There are many options to experience, please contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and to offer suggestions to design your ideal holiday.

Some interesting facts about Chicago:

  • Directly in front of the Art Institute of Chicago on Adams  Street is the start of the “Historic Route 66”, one of the most famous highways in the United States running from Chicago Illinois all the way to Santa Monica, California.
  • The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States, boasting amazing 360 degree view of Chicago city, the best way to view the city is by visiting the 103rd floor Skydeck which sits at 1,450 ft making it 110 stories high.
  • The Willis Tower elevators are not for the faint hearted, as they are incredibly fast reaching speeds of up to 1600 feet per minute
  • In 1901 Walt Disney was born in Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois on 5th December and went to McKinley High School in Chicago studying drawing as well as studying at the Chicago Art institute
  • The Navy Pier is Chicago’s most visited attraction situated on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, it was designed to offer public entertainment along with a shipping dock, it opened in 1916 to the public and offers spectacular city views
  • Chicago’s most renowned haunted hotel is the Congress Plaza Hotel with a rather eerie past, if you research the hotels history you can understand the supernatural activity and spirits haunting the building.
  • The historic Drake Hotel which opened in 1920, is another hotel reportedly haunted by the “Lady in Red” following legendary paranormal experiences that guests have encountered.
  • The Magnificent Mile, a shopping heaven with impressive retail stores and stunning buildings running along North Michigan Avenue with high end stores and dining destinations
  • Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park, which is home to the largest collection of Wright’s designed buildings and homes. Wright is an internationally recognized architect who designed so many homes in this quaint suburb
  • Twinkies were invented here! The yellow sponge cakes used to be filled with banana cream but it was changed to vanilla when bananas became scarce in WWII
  • The first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize was from Chicago – Jane Addams, who was known for her humanitarian work

Chicago culinary delights to try:

  • Chicago style deep dish pizza
  • The Chicago Dog, containing at least 7 different toppings on this hot dog
  • Chicago style popcorn, locals infuse caramel and cheddar cheese to create a unique and delicious flavour
  • Chicago’s famous brownie, originally created at Palmer House Hotel back in 1893, these decadent, rich fudgy treats are covered with walnuts and an apricot glaze

 

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