City breaks to Chicago
As the capital city of the midwestern state of Illinois, Chicago has something to offer every city break tourist from sports, to architecture and political satire. There are hostel rooms for backpackers and luxury hotels for those feeling a bit flush. Known to many as the “Windy City” this weather beaten town nestles on the shores of Lake Michigan. Millennium Park is a good place to start from and this central park is an open-air gallery for public art and architecture. Take a trip to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and from the Sear’s Building ledge you can see for 50 miles and over four different US states from an elevation of 1,353 feet! On Sundays, the Maxell Street Market attracts bargain hunters and the thrifty in their droves to this vibrant collection of stalls and international eateries. The Hull House Museum exhibits the histories of many of the cities immigrants who came to town after the Great Fire of 1871 to work in its factories and meat packing plants. Originally founded in 1833, today Chicago is known as a business and financial centre and is the third most populated city in the United States.
Alternative city break accommodation
Chicago boasts over 700 hotels from the luxurious to the cheap and cheerful so you are sure to find something to suit your needs. The city leads the nation in “green” hotel accommodation with the hospitality industry leaning towards eco-friendly living. For city break tourists on a budget, hostels are spread throughout the city and sometimes offer free breakfast along with your dorm bed. However, if you are looking for a comfortable place for short term let why not rent an apartment off a local? An easy way to do this on the website Wimdu where you can search for city break accommodation from private local owners and connect with your host. This new way to travel offers independent travelers the chance to see a city from a local perspective and gain an international network of new friends!