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his opportunity when it comes.”
Earl of Beaconsfield
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303 W Erie, Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60654 USA
Tel. 312-664-4200 Fax. 312-664-4201
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Thank you for choosing Select Italy’s Intern Program and welcome to Chicago! We are
very excited to have you. The following pages contain information that you will find
helpful in your pre-departure preparation and acclimation to the city upon arrival. We
have compiled useful links and other resources to help you:
1. Search for Accomodation
2. Find Necessities and Estimate Your Expenses
3. Get Around
4. Plan Your Free Time Activities
5. Health and Contacts
We hope you find this guide informative and that you enjoy your time in Chicago!
Grazie e Benvenuto!
Your Friends at Select Italy
Prepared and edited by Luna Lamona, V 2.0/08
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WELCOME TO CHICAGO
Country Flag State Flag City Flag
North America United States of America Illinois
Continent: North America
Country: United States of America
State: Illinois (IL)
County: Cook County
Government: Mayor-council government
Coordinates: 41:50:13N 87:41:06W
Altitude: 177m / 583ft
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST) (UTC-6), 7 hours behind Italy’s time. City Seal
Nicknames: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi-Town, The City That Works.
Latin motto: Urbs in Horto (English: City in a Garden)
DISTANCE TO OTHER CITIES
City Km Mile City Km Mile
Amsterdam, Netherlands 5621 4115 Madrid, Spain 6748 4193
Barcelona, Spain 7096 4410 Milan, Italy 7303 4539
Berlin, Germany 7094 4409 New York, NY, USA 1156 718
Dublin, Ireland 5900 3667 Paris, France 664 4141
Hong Kong, China 12556 7804 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8522 5297
Las Vegas, NV, USA 2451 1523 Rome, Italy 7766 4826
Los Angeles, CA, USA 2813 1745 San Francisco, CA, USA 2994 1861
London, United Kingdom 5368 3957 Sydney, Australia 14884 9250
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A LITTLE TASTE OF CHICAGO’S HISTORY...
Louis Jolliet, a Canadian explorer, and the French-born Jesuit Jacques
Marquette were the first Europeans to discover the Chicago area in 1678
with the help of local Indians.The first permanent settlement was founded
in 1781 by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. The location at the mouth of the
Chicago River was chosen for its strategic value for a trading post as the
river connected Lake Michigan with the Mississippi river. Later the area
at the mouth of the Chicago River was occupied by a military base, Fort
Dearborn. The fort was regularly attacked by Native Americans, until Chief
Black Hawk was defeated in 1832. One year later, Chicago was officially
incorporated as a town and in 1837, when the population reached 4170, as a
city. Its name was derived from the native indian’s word describing the area.
In 1871, disaster struck with the Great Chicago Fire laying the city in
ashes. The Great Chicago Fire burned from Sunday night on October 8 to
early October 10. Legend has it that the fire started in a shed owned by
Catherine O’Leary. However, at least some part of the legend attributing
the source to a cow kicking over a fire lantern in the shed seems to have
been a reporter’s fabrication. The actual cause of the fire is uncertain.
The use of wood as a primary building material and a prevailing wind
driving the fire to the north contributed to the fire’s spread. When the
city’s water facility was burned, the fire fighters were without water.
Finally, the fire burned itself out, aided by rain. Some 34 blocks were
burned destroying millions in property value and leaving 90,000
homeless, almost a third of the city’s population. The fire destroyed about
17450 buildings, but the Chicagoans quickly started to rebuild the city.
By the 1890’s, Chicago had recovered well enough to host the 1893
World Columbian Exposition, commemorating America’s discovery by
Columbus 400 years before. Extending from Cottage Grove Avenue to
Lake Michigan, and from 56th Street to 67th Street, the grounds for the
World’s Columbian Exposition was the site of a massive building effort.
More than 200 buildings occupied the exposition’s grounds; today, only
one remains. Like most of the other buildings, the Palace of Fine Arts
had exterior walls of staff, a temporary building material made from
plaster of paris and hemp fiber. During the six months that the Fair was
open, 27,539,000 visited the Fair. The Fair, however, did not close on a
very positive note. Just three days prior to its closing, Chicago’s mayor,
Carter H. Harrison, Sr., was shot five times by a visitor in his home.
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At the end of the 19th century the land prices had risen dramatically,
which lead to the construction of taller buildings. In 1885, William Le
Baron Jenney built what is known as the first skyscraper in the world:
the Home Insurance Building (now the site of the Bank of America
Building). Demolished in 1931, it was 55 meters tall and included 9
stories, later extended to 11. It was the first building to use structural steel
in its frame, but the majority of its structure was composed of cast and
wrought iron. It was the first tall building to be supported, both inside
and outside, by a fireproof metal frame. The building weighed only
one-third as much as a stone building would have; city officials were so
concerned that they halted construction while they investigated its safety.
This building marks the start of Chicago as a pioneering architectural city.
The foundations of today’s Chicago were laid out by some of the leading architects
reconstructing the city after the Great Fire. Daniel Burnham designed the first
visionary urban plan for a city, the 1909 Plan of Chicago. In it, Burnham envisioned
a “Paris on the Prairie” and included wide boulevards and parks. The Chicago Plan,
published by the Commercial Club in 1909, was the first comprehensive outline of
development ever offered to an American city. Instead of limiting themselves to the
municipality, large as that was, the planners dealt with the entire area lying within
a sixty-mile radius. They foresaw a network of highways around the city, great forest
preserves within easy access, and an expansion of existing parks. Four months
after the publication of the plan, Mayor Fred A. Busse appointed the Chicago City
Plan Commission and designated Charles H. Wacker, a dynamic civic leader, as
chairman. Some of the features of the original Chicago Plan have been discarded
as undesirable; others have not yet been realized. Yet the gains have been notable.
The twin purposes of the 1933 International Exposition were to
celebrate the centennial of the founding of Chicago and to highlight
the scientific and industrial progress of the country in the past
hundred years. The “look” of the Fair was to be modern and scientific,
avoiding the traditional, classical styles of the previous expositions.
The organizers hoped that the Fair would make advances in the sciences
understandable even to the uneducated viewer. They wanted to show
processes in action rather than static machines. Visitors could see an
operating oil refinery and an automobile assembly line. One of the most
popular exhibits was “The World a Million Years Ago” which included
life-like dinosaurs in a realistic setting. The fair was held on 427 acres
(much of it landfill) on Lake Michigan, immediately south of Chicago’s
downtown area, from 12th Street to 39th Street (now Pershing Road).
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The three white stripes of the flag represent, from top to bottom, the North, West and South sides of the city. The top blue
stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River. The bottom blue stripe represents the South
Branch of the Chicago River and the Great Canal.
The four red six-pointed stars on the center white stripe, from left to right:
* The first star represents Fort Dearborn. It was added to the flag in 1939. Its six points symbolize transportation, labor,
commerce, finance, populousness, and salubrity.
* The second star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and is original to the 1917 design of the flag. Its six points
represent the virtues of religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.
* The third star symbolizes the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and is original to the 1917 design. Its six points
stand for political entities Chicago has belonged to and the flags that have flown over the area: France 1693, Great Britain
1763, Virginia 1778, the Northwest Territory 1798, Indiana Territory 1802, and Illinois 1818.
* The fourth star represents the Century of Progress Exposition (1933-1934), and was added in 1933. Its points refer to brag-
ging rights: the World’s Third Largest City, Chicago’s Latin Motto (Urbs in horto - City in a garden), Chicago’s “I Will” Motto,
Great Central Marketplace, Wonder City, Convention City.
A possible fifth star has been proposed for the city flag on more than one occasion. The first occasion occurred in the 1940s
when a letter to the Chicago Tribune asked that a fifth star to be added to the city flag in honor of going to the nuclear age.
On another occasion, it was proposed in honor of Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of Chicago.The cur-
rent proposal is put forward by a city committee to get the 2016 Olympic Games in Chicago; if the city manages to get the
Olympic Games, a fifth star may be added to the flag.
World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893: The exposition was located in Jackson Park and on the Midway Plaisance on 630
acres. Most of the buildings were based on classical architecture. The area at the Court of Honor was known as The White
City. The buildings were made of a white stucco, which, in comparison to the tenements of Chicago, seemed illuminated. It
was also called the White City because of the extensive use of street lights, which made the boulevards and buildings walk-
able at night. Of the more than 200 buildings erected for the fair, the only two which still stand in place are the Palace of Fine
Arts and the World’s Congress Auxiliary Building. From the time the fair closed until 1920, the Palace of Fine Arts housed
the Field Columbian Museum (now the relocated Field Museum of Natural History). In 1933 the building re-opened as the
Museum of Science and Industry. The cost of construction of the World’s Congress Auxiliary Building was shared with the Art
Institute of Chicago, which moved into the building (the museum’s current home) after the close of the fair.
Century of Progress International Exposition: It was a World’s Fair held in Chicago from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city’s
centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was “Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Con-
forms” and its architectural symbol was the Sky Ride, a transporter bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could
ride from one end of the fair to the other. The fair buildings were multi-colored, to create a “Rainbow City” as opposed to the
“White City” of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The buildings generally had a linear Art Deco design to them in contrast
to the Grecian aspect of the earlier fair. The site of the fair is now home to Northerly Island Park (since the closing of Meigs
Field) and McCormick Place. A column from the ruins of a Roman temple in Ostia given to Chicago by the Italian govern-
ment to honor General Italo Balbo’s 1933 trans-Atlantic flight still stands, although now by itself, not too far from Soldier
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Although Chicago is known as the Windy City, it is not significantly breezier than other American cities. On a typical Chicago
mid-summer day, humidity is usually moderately high and temperatures ordinarily reach anywhere between 78°F and 92°F
(26°C to 33°C).
Summer in Chicago is prone to thunderstorms, and summer rain arises from short-lived hit-or-miss storms rather than
prolonged rainfalls. In a normal summer, temperatures exceed 90°F (32°C) on 24 days. Contrary to what one might think,
summer is actually the rainiest season in Chicago.
Winter in Chicago proves variable and fickle, but even in mild winters one will experience bouts of cold weather. The
average Chicago winter produces 38.0 inches (94 cm) of snow.
Average Temperature Range
Chicago’s coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 14.3°F. In July, the warmest month, the average
day time rises to 83.5°F.
Average Monthly Precipitation
The driest month in Chicago is February with 1.63 inches of precipitation, and with 4.62 inches August is the wettest month.
MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS
Percentage of Possible Sunshine
A higher percentage means there is more sunshine through the day and a lower percentage will indicate that it is probably
cloudier. Sunshine hours are important when you are planning your trip.
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Men’s Clothing Ladies’ Clothing Men’s Footwear Ladies’ Footwear
Italy USA Italy USA Italy USA Italy USA
46 36 40 6 38 6.5 35 5
48 38 42 8 39 7 36 5.5
50 40 44 10 40 7.5 37 6
52 42 46 12 41 8 38 6.5
54 44 48 14 42 8.5 39 7
56 46 50 16 43 9 40 7.5
Celsius -10ºC 0ºC 10ºC 20ºC 30ºC 40ºC 100ºC
Fahreneit 14ºF 32ºF 50ºF 68ºF 86ºF 104ºF 212ºF
WEIGHT LENGTH LIQUID CAPACITY
For pharmaceutical products 1 mile 1609,34 m 1 teaspoon 15 ml
1 ounce 31,10 g 1 yard 91,43 m 1 ounce 20 ml
1 pound 373,24 g 1 inch 2,54 cm 1 cup 240 ml
For goods and foodstuff 1 feet 30,48 cm 1 pint 470 ml
1 pound 453,59 g 1 league 4445 m 1 quart 940 ml
1 ounce 28,35 g 1 fathom 1,82 m 1 gallon 3,78 l
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New Year’s Day January 1st
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day + Day after Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day December 25th
GRUB IN THE WINDY CITY HUB
Apple Pie Brownies
It is a flaky crust with a If you are a chocolate lover,
sweet, apple filling melt- the brownie is what you are
ing together with a scoop looking for! Taste it with a
of homemade, vanilla ice glass of ice cold milk when
cream. your sweet tooth is making
you crave chocolate.
Cheescake Hot Dog “Chicago Style”
Cheesecake is made with A Chicago Style Hot Dog
soft, fresh cheeses. Typi- is traditionally all-beef, in
cally, the filling covers a a poppy seed bun, topped
crust, which may be pastry, with mustard, a pickle
cookie, or digestive biscuit. spear and celery salt, but
Pancakes Pizza “Chicago Style”
Pancakes are a type of Chicago-style pizza is a
flatbread prepared from a deep-dish pizza style devel-
sweet batter that is cooked oped in Chicago. It features
on a hot griddle or in a fry- a buttery crust, generous
ing pan. Try it with choco- amounts of cheese and
late chips or fruits!! chunky tomato sauce.
Pumpkin Pie Steaks
Nothing beats a homemade In the US, a typical steak
pie with a homemade crust. dinner consists of steak,
No carving pumpkins and with a starchy side dish,
discarding seeds, all you’ll usually baked potatoes, rice,
need is a can of pumpkin pasta, or beans and greens.
from the store.
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Find your apartment close to our office. These are our suggested areas:
Most of Select Italy’s staff found their apartments through Craigslist; it’s a list of ads:
May 25th – August 9th : Several universities (DePaul, Columbia, Roosevelt) in the area have a building in which they offer
Summer housing. Here is the link with the description:
Here is the link with the application form:
This option focuses on furnished, short-term rentals:
This may be good for very short-term housing (in some cases just sleeping on a couch), which will give a good push-off
point (The price is right...It’s free!!).
Several interns have rented one of the rooms in Mrs. Lux apartment, conveniently situated in the city. There, you can rent a
room (you will share the kitchen and the washing and drying machines with the owner). The cost is $600 per month, with a
Contact: Mrs. Lux + 1- (773) 327-5104 647 W. Aldine St. Chicago
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TRANSPORTATION & MAPS
www.transitchicago.com or 1-888-YOUR CTA
Google Maps is now connected with Chicago CTA Trip Planner
Public transportation is a good way to save money and to get everywhere in a fast way. CTA serves all Chicago.
The closest train stop to Select Italy’s office is the Brown line, getting off at Chicago/Franklin.
Full fare: $2 (train); $1.75 (bus) per ride. If you are coming back within 2 hours, add 25 cent and you have 2 transfers more.
1-day pass: $5; 2-day pass: $9; 3-day pass: $12; 5-day pass: $18; 7-day pass: $20; 30-day pass: $75, starting when you
validate it. Both for trains and buses. You can find it in some shops at the train station, at a currency exchange like Western
Union, at select Jewel and Dominick’s food stores.
PACE SUBURBAN BUS SERVICE
Regular and special routes serve suburbs in six counties. Fares start at $1.75.
You can usually hail a cab on the side of a busy intersection. There are no designated areas to catch a taxi cab so simply raise
your hand and wait for the next available cab to stop for you. Here are some reliable taxi companies.
Yellow Cab: 312-829-4222
Wolley Cab: 877-888-8294
Rates: You pay the amount shown on the taximeter, plus any tolls. The meter starts at $2.25, and increases $.20 for each
additional 1/9 of a mile. There is an extra $1.00 charge for the first additional passenger over the age of 12 and under the age
of 65, and $.50 for each passenger after that. There is no extra charge for baggage or credit card use. For more information
and average fares, visit http://www.cityofchicago.org/ConsumerServices/cabfares.html.
If you have any problems with your cab driver, please call 311. Take the cab driver’s license number to make a report, if
CHICAGO’S FREE TROLLEYS
Look for trolleys and stops with a “Free trolley” sign. No ticket needed. Stops include Navy Pier, Museum Campus and Michi-
gan Avenue. Weekends through December. The service is discontinued.
CHICAGO WATER TAXI
Chicago Water Taxi operates on a closed loop route on the Chicago River shuttling passengers between Madison Street on the
south branch and LaSalle Street and Michigan Avenue on the main branch. Frequent departures, call for schedule. (2$ single
ride, $4 all-day pass, $15 ten ride pass, $40 monthly pass)
Cycling through Chicago? There are bike routes everywhere and it’s a fast way to get around. You can also bring your bike on
trains and buses, but not in rush hour (5:30-9:30 am & 2:45-6:30 pm).
BIKE CHICAGO RENTAL & TOURS
Millenium Park, 888-Bike-Way
BOBBY’S BIKE HIKE
River East Docks, 312-915-0995
You can also buy a used bike through classified advertising in a newspaper or after looking on chicago.craigslist.org!
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CHICAGO RAIL SYSTEM MAP
The CTA provides train service from both O’Hare (Blue Line) and Midway (Orange Line) airports.
AIRLINES & AIRPORTS CONTACTS
Alitalia 1-212-903-3575, www.alitalia.com Midway Airport 1-773-838-0600, www.chicago-mdw.com
American Airlines 1-800-433-7300, www.aa.com O’Hare Int’l. Airport 1-773-686-2200, www.ohare.com
American Trans Air 1-800-435-9282, www.ata.com Southwest 1-800-435-9792, www.southwest.com
British Airways 1-800-247-9297, www.ba.com U.S Airways 1-800-428-4322, www.usairways.com
Delta 1-800-221-1212, www.delta.com United Airlines 1-800-241-6522, www.united.com
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NECESSITIES & EXPENSES
Chicago is full of stores and shopping malls where you can find everything you want. There are department stores
and specialty stores, depending on what you are looking for. Here is a list of major grocery stores that have a wide-selection
of food and other necessities. Once you have settled in, you will find other options. Use the store search function on each of
the websites for addresses and other useful information on the store nearest you.
Dominick’s – www.dominicks.com
Jewel – www.jewelosco.com
Target - www.target.com
Trader Joe’s – www.traderjoes.com
Treasure Island – www.tifoods.com
Whole Foods – www.wholefoodsmarket.com
CVS – ww.cvs.com
Walgreens – www.walgreens.com
1 Gallon Milk: $2.99
Loaf of Bread: $2.00
1 pound Pasta: $1.00-$1.50
Beer in a Bar: $4.00
Movie Ticket: $10.00
1 Gallon Milk: $2.99
Loaf of Bread: $2.00
1 pound Pasta: $1.00-$1.50
Beer in a Bar: $4.00
Movie Ticket: $10.00
TELEPHONE & COMMUNICATION
To make international calls to Italy dial the international code 011, followed by the country code (+39) and the telephone
Mobile phone owners should know that the GSM system covers the entire nation and charges depend on the international
roaming agreement between their national contractor and the American counterpart. All the major Italian phone companies
work in Chicago through roaming, but it’s quite expensive. Instead, you can buy a trackphone for about $10 and get an
You can also buy an international phone card at the major stores (see above) or on the Internet (the rates are very cheap);
You may use Skype to call (it’s free computer-to-computer and it’s cheap to call regular phone numbers). You can fill your
credit or make a subscription, where you pay a certain amount per month and can do all the calling you want. Fares change
calling cell phones.
Also check www.messagenet.it, where you can subscribe to a VoIP telephone line, to make and receive calls, anywhere you
have Internet access, rechargeable, with voicemail or a free telephone line to receive calls. Recharge it to make calls.
It’s easy to get free wireless connection in Chicago. A lot of bars, restaurants and lounges give it to their customers for free.
Wireless connection is also available at all the major airports. You may try to find someone in your neighborhood who has a
wireless internet connection and ask if you can share the fees and have the password. So you can bring your laptop with you.
Don’t forget the power adaptor!
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CULTURE & ATTRACTIONS
Every museum hasve a free admission day. Check it on the web site before buying the regular ticket!
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St, 1-312-742-2000
This 35-acres free zoo is one of the nation’s oldest. Open 365 days a year. Grounds open daily 9 am-6 pm.
Chicago History Museum
Clark St. at North Ave. 1-312-642-4600
Loyola University Museum of Art
820 N. Michigan, 1-312-915-7600
Dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Museum of Science and Industry
57th St. at Lake Shore Dr.
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., 1-312-443-3600
It houses one of the world’s greatest art collections, dating from 3,000 B.C. to the present. Admission $7-$12.
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. 1-312-922-9410
Permanent home of Sue, the 67-million-year old dinosaur. Admission varies by exhibit.
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
World’s largest indoor aquarium, featuring Beluga whales seashores and more. Admission $16-$23.
Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State, 1-312-747-4300
The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 milion public art collection. Free.
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POINTS OF INTEREST
Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway
Influenced by the fountains at the Palace of Versailles, this memorial fountain was dedicated in 1327. Every hour on the hour
a 20-minute light and music display accompany the water, from dusk until 10 pm, from April to mid-October.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 1-847-835-5440
In every season at the Garden, there are activities, programs and breathtaking beauty throughout all our 385 acres of woods.
The Hancock Observatory
875 N Michigan Ave., 1-312-751-3681
Spectacular 360-degree views of Navy Pier, Wrigley Field and more. Open daily 9 am - 11pm.
If you go to the Signature Room at the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, you can enjoy this breathtaking view while sip-
ping a cocktail! www.signatureroom.com
55 N. Michigan Ave.
Huge complex featuring the Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” sculpture.
Open 6 am to 11 pm daily.
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago’s largest attraction. Renovated landmark with over 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops and restaurants. Highlights
include the Ferris wheel, carousel and IMAX Theatre.
Old Water Tower & Pumping Station
At Chicago and Michigan avenues
One of few public buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. Visit the City Gallery in the Old Water Tower.
Sears Tower Skydeck
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Stunning 360-degrees views of Chicago. Open daily, 10 am-10 pm May-Sept., 10 am-8 pm Oct.-April.
Citypass ticket booklet includes admission to The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Mu-
seum, Museum of Science and Industry, and skyscraper views from the Sears Tower or the Hancock Observatory at $59. Ask
for it at the first of the above attractions you visit.
Good for 9 days.
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile, the northern part of Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Lake Shore Drive, is Chicago’s
version of the Champs-Elysées: a grand wide boulevard with exclusive shops, museums, restaurants and ritzy hotels. The wide
sidewalks, often adorned with well-maintained flowerbeds are always crowded. The areas around the Magnificent Mile are
some of Chicago’s wealthiest. Architectural landmarks like the John Hancock Center and the Tribune Tower can be found in
abundance along the avenue. Building booms in the 1920s, 70s and 90s turned the once low-rise residential street into an
economically thriving area bordered by tall skyscrapers.
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TOURS IN CHICAGO
Chicago Line Cruises
These 90-minute guided tours reveal Chicago from both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The architectural cruise winds
along the Chicago River as good-humored guides elaborate on more than 50 skyscrapers and bridges. Enjoy complimentary
Starbucks coffee, lemonade, muffins and cookies too.
Chicago Neighborhood Tours
Community guides take guests into the city’s diverse historical and ethnic neighborhoods. Tickets $25 - $50.
Chicago Trolley CO
Hop on and off the double-decker buses or red-and-green San Francisco-style trolleys for tours featuring informative and hu-
morous narration by expert guides. Trolleys operate daily year-round and make stops every 15-20 minutes at 13 of the city’s
top attractions. Board at any stop, including the Sears Tower, Navy Pier, Water Tower Place.
Chicago’s First Lady
Designed in the style of 1920s cruising yachts, Chicago’s First Lady and Fair Lady are the official vessels of the Chicago Archi-
tecture Foundation and offer unique river tours led by trained docents.
Eli’s Cheescake World Tours
Cheesecake lovers will be in heaven at this combination bakery, visitors center, retail store and dessert cafe, which showcases
Chicago’s own Eli’s Cheescake.
Take a tour of Chicago from the unique perspective of your own kayak. Paddle through the south end of the Chicago River
past city skyscrapers and learn about the history of the river, or join a night paddle to watch the fireworks at Navy Pier.
Segway Experience Chicago
Hop on a Segway for a two-hour tour that starts with a quick orientation to demonstrate how to use these fun “vehicles” and
then rolls along the perimeter of Millenium Park, onto Daley Plaza, Buckingham Fountain and more.
Shoreline offers its one-hour Chicago River Architecture Cruises with professional and entertaining guides, departing daily
from Navy Pier beginning at 11:30 am.
Chicago’s “original gangster tour” takes visitors on a ride through Prohibition-era Chicago to see the hot spots and hit spots
made by Al Capone and his enemies and allies. Tickets $27.
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WHAT’S GOING ON IN CHICAGO?
Here are some helpful resources for what’s happening in the city at any given time.
Free newspaper published every Thursday. Weekly activities throughout Chicago Music, restaurants, museums, theatre, etc:
Detailed guide for hidden gems broken down by neighborhoods:
Official visitor’s site for Chicago:
Website with weekly events for Chicago (hip cultural events):
Chicago Park District - Official site for public outdoor spaces:
AMC River East 21 Theatre
322 E. Illinois St. 1-312-596-0333
600 N. Michigan Ave., 1-312-255-9347
Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
Navy Pier, 1-312-595-5629
900 N. Michigan Ave.
700 N. Michigan Ave., 1-312-642-4811
111 N. State Street; 835 N. Michigan Ave.
55 E. Grand Ave., 1-312-464-1515
The Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Ave., 1-312-327-2300
The 900 Shops
N. Michigan Ave., 1-312-915-3916
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave., 1-312-440-3166
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$: under $10; $$: $10-$15; $$$: $15-$25; $$$$: $25 and up.
646 N. Franklin, in the same building of Select Italy.
More than 20 varieties of burger. $$
51 W. Hubbard
The menu ranges from sushi and seafood to tacos and burgers. $$
101 W. North.
It serves American traditional and Greek fare 24-hours a day. Omelet, burgers, sandwiches. $
605 N. Clark, www.rainforestcafe.com
Expect an adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy! $$
West Egg Cafè
620 N. Fairbanks.
Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken. $
Bella Bacino’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria
75 E. Wacker
Authentic home-made preservative-free dishes. $$
1824 W. Wabansia
Good food & Fun! $$$
1312 S. Wabash
Menu includes homemade pastas, great steaks, seafood and wood-fired thin crust pizzas. $$$
710 N. Rush
Close to the Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, traditional sushi, maki and sashimi. $$
Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
864 N. State; 61 E. Madison
Deep-dish pizza with a flaky crust and thin-crust varieties. $$
545 N. LaSalle
Build your own traditional Chicago deep dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings. $$
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BARS & LOUNGES CLUBS LIVE MUSIC
Angels & Kings Boutique Andy’s Jazz Club
710 N. Clark St 809 W. Evergreen Ave 11 E. Hubbard St
Bar Louie Club 720 Back Room
226 W. Chicago Ave 720 N. Wells St 1007 N. Rush St
Big Chicks Crobar Blue Chicago
5024 N. Sheridan Rd 1543 N. Kingsbury St 736 N. Clark St
Cabaret Cocktail Boutique Excalibur B.L.U.E.S.
15 W. Hubbard St 632 N. Dearborn St 2519 N. Halsted St
Chaise Lounge Ghost Bar Double Door
1840 W. North Ave 440 W. Randolph St 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave
Coyote Ugly Saloon Hard Rock Cafe’ Five Star Bar & Grill
316 W. Erie St 63 W. Ontario St 1424 W. Chicago Ave
Cubby Bear Hydrate Green Dolphin Street
1059 W. Addison St 3458 N. Halsted St 220 N. Ashland Ave
Fat Cat Le Passage The Green Mill Lounge
4840 N. Broadway St 937 N. Rush St 4802 N. Broadway St
Hunt Club Krem House of Blues
1100 N. State St 1750 N. Clark St 329 N. Dearborn St
Iggy’s Ohm Howl at the Moon
800 N. Dearborn St 1958 W. North Ave 26 W. Hubbard St
The Joynt Republic Jilly’s Piano Bar
650 N. Dearborn St 1520 N. Fremont St 1007 N. Rush St
The Kerryman Rumba Kingston Mines
661 N. Clark St 929 W. Belmont Ave 2548 N. Halsted St
Martini Park Sound-Bar Pops for Champagne
151 W. Erie St 226 W. Ontario St 601 N. State St
The Matchbox Underground Wonder Bar The Redhead Piano Bar
770 N. Milwaukee Ave 10 E. Walton St 16 W. Ontario St
Plan B Sonotheque
1635 N. Milwaukee Ave REMEMBER!!! 1444 W. Chicago Ave
In order to enter bars and clubs, you must
The Violet Hour have proper identification to prove that you The Zebra Lounge
1520 N. Damen Ave are at least 21 years old - this is the same to 1220 N. State Pkwy
drink alcohol. What we suggest is to get the
CTS card (www.cts.it) because it’s written
in English and you don’t have to bring your
passport. It also gives you a lot of discounts
and access to various facilities worldwide.
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The American health system could be very expensive. Before your departure to USA, you will need to subscribe a private
insurance policy. What we suggest to do is to go through the CTS (www.cts.it). Your insurance company will be the Europe
Assistance and you can choose through a wide range of insurance subscriptions. If you book your flight with CTS, the
insurance is just €49 for 75 days.
If you need general medicines which don’t need prescription, you will easily find them on the counter in all the major stores
and in the pharmacies. In these last ones you can also measure your blood pressure for free.
In Case of Emergency Contacts:
Non Emergency Police Department Line: 311 or 1-312-746-6000
Chicago Emergency Information: 877-745-INFO
Every hospital has an emergency room for immediate attention.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital,
221 E Huron St, Chicago, IL - 1-312-440-0709, www.nmh.org
Cook County (John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital) www.cchil.org/dom/cook.html
1900 W. Polk St, Chicago, IL - 1-312-864-6000
Italian Consulate in Chicago
500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850, 1-312-467-1550/1/2, Fax: 312-467-1335
For emergencies only, during closing hours:
Tel.: 1-312-909 0304; E-mail: email@example.com
Official website of the city of Chicago
For Emergency Assistance in Italian:
For callers who feel more comfortable communicating in a language other than English, the Chicago Police Department
has contracted with Language Line Services. This service provides interpreters for more than 140 languages -- 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week.
Interpreters are available for both emergency (9-1-1) and non-emergency (312-746-6000) calls. Language Line Services
can also provide written translation.
Here is how it will work: The call taker will answer in English. The call taker determines the language request and
establishes the connection with an interpreter who speaks the requested language.
This process will take a very short time, so callers should remain on the line. Once the interpreter joins the
conversation, the police call taker will continue to lead the conversation, providing any special instructions or police
assistance. The interpreters are trained only to repeat what is said by both parties; not to provide instructions or advice.
Welcome to Chicago
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