About Chicago


Let's have a look around into background of Chicago
  • County: Cook County
  • State: Illinois
  • Country: United States
  • Latitude: 41.8781136
  • Longitude: -87.6297982
  • Time zone: America/Chicago
  • Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -5 hours

Weather in Chicago

  • Climate:  Humid Continental Climate
  • Best Time to Visit: April to May and September to October

Location

Chicago of Illinois is the third most populated city of the United States of America with a population of about 2.7 million.

Distance from Chicago center to Airport

The city is catered by both O’Hare International Airport (2nd busiest Airport in the world) and Midway International Airport for Northwest and Southwest region respectively.

  • Driving Distance: 18 miles / 29 km
  • Driving Time: 27 Minute
  • Languages: English followed by Spanish and Polish

Modes of transport

  • Airport: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport
  • Rail: Amtrak, National Rail Passenger System.
  • Road: Bus – Pace by RTA; Taxi – Flash Cabs

Customs and Tipping

  • For Restaurants and Bars:
    • Waitress and Bartender – 10 – 15 % of the Bill.

  • For Hotels:
    • Room Service: 10 – 15% of the Bill

    • Housekeeper: $1 - $2 per Day

    • Concierge: Between $5 - $25

  • Valet Parking:
    • Parking or Returning Car: $1 - $2  

Nearby Tourist Cities

Emergency Contact Numbers in Chicago city

  • Fire / Police/ Ambulance: 911
  • Railroad: 312- 322-6777 (Metra)
  • Cab: (773) 561-4444 (Flash Cab)
  • Airport: +1 800-832-6352 (O’Hare International Airport)
  • Hospital: 383-3313 (Carle Hospital Emergency Room)

Events

  • Taste of Chicago
  • Lollapalooza – Music Festival
  • Chicago Auto Show

Tourist Attractions

  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Cloud Gate
  • Marquette Building

Theatre & Concerts

  • The Chicago Theatre
  • Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

Visit Top Restaurants in Chicago

  • Alinea
  • Bavette's Bar and Boeuf
  • Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Top Shopping Centers in Chicago

  • Macy's on State Street
  • Water Tower Place
  • American Girl Place

Museums, Galleries and Gardens

  • Glessner House Museum
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Jackson Park's Japanese Garden

Iconic Delicacies of Iconic Restros

  • Poppy Seed Bun – Portillo's
  • Smoked Trout – Bavette's Bar and Boeuf
  • Au Gratin Potatoes – Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Sports Club

Home of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox (Major League Baseball); the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals (National Football League); the Chicago Bulls (National Basketball Association) and the Chicago Blackhawks (National Hockey League).

Shelling Out Dollars

  • Imported beer: $1.73 / 0.33 liter
  • Taxi: $3.25 (base price)
  • 3 BHK (Downtown): $1,952.84
  • Cheap meal: $15.00
  • Gasoline: $0.71 / liter
  • 3 course meal: $60.00

Information about San Francisco

Nearby Tourist Cities

Modes of transport

  • Airport: San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport.
  • Rail: Amtrak, National Rail Passenger System and Caltrain.
  • Road: Bus – Muni Buses, Nextbus and Trolley Buses; Taxi – Yellow Cab Co-op

Airport

There are 3 major airports that are a convenient and easy option for travelers; all within a close distance to each other.

San Francisco Airport, SFO: San Francisco is the largest airport and named among the best airport worldwide in the Skytrax Passenger's award 2014 besides ranking. It serves every major US airline and foreign carriers. The airport is located 13 miles south of San Francisco.

Connectivity: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has the best connectivity in San Francisco. Cab services like Uber and Lyft are also available for a pickup.

Flight to San Francisco

SFO is particularly suited if you were to be headed to the center of the city where public transport is quite commendable.

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

A viable alternative to SFO, this is also equally well connected to the major tourist destinations; especially worth considering if someone is headed downtown. It is more manageable and not inflicted with the infamous SF fog.

Connectivity: OAK has train connector that connects OAK to full BART system. Travel time including interconnection is 35 minutes. There are ample shuttle services connecting SFO from here.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

This is smaller out of the other two but has ample services along the west coast and is acclimatized with a favorable weather. This airport is best suited to travelers headed to the Silicon Valley.

Connectivity: Taxi services are expensive. A trip to San Francisco would easily cost $150 and a shared shuttle about an $80. Parking fee alone can be as high as $50. The area has a more suburban background. Local CalTrain that links SJC to Santa Clara is the easiest alternative.

San Francisco International Airport for commercial service and Oakland International Airport is an alternative for San Francisco’s Primary Airport.

OAK Airport

Driving Distance: 13 miles / 21 km

Driving Time: 16 Minutes

Languages: English followed by Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese

Customs and Tipping

 

There are several ways to calculate the right tip at different places in San Francisco. While grabbing a take away like Starbucks a tip is optional. A lot of locals resort to an easy calculation of multiplying sales tax by two and paying that amount as a tip; else tip at a restaurant is generally 15% of the bill. 

At Gas stations in California where there is hardly any full-service station, it's mostly self-serve so tip is not required. Tip for the porter can be the same as that of a shuttle driver.

It’s common to leave the money underneath the pillow or on the bathroom counter to tip housekeeping. People leave 1-3 dollars depending on if they want to continue staying for the next day and also on any special request. Tip for a bellman is generally $1 a bag.

  • For Restaurants and Bars:
    • Waitress and Bartender – 10 – 15 % of the Bill.
  • For Hotels:
    • Room Service: 10 – 15% of the Bill
    • Housekeeper: $1 - $2 per Day
    • Concierge: Between $5 - $25
  • Valet Parking:
    • Parking or Returning Car: $1 - $2 
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