Chicago is situated in northern Illinois and at the southwest of Lake Michigan. This vibrant city is nestled at the Saint Lawrence Seaway where the Chicago Portage is located. The climate in Chicago is humid continental having hot summers, wet springs, cool autumns and cold winters. The coldest months in Chicago are January and February.
The city was first named “Chicaugou” by the Illinois Indians which means “powerful or great”. This word was used by tribal chiefs so people would know that they are great chiefs. In 1673, explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet arrived in Chicago but the first settler was Jean Baptiste Point DuSable who got in the city in 1780.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Chicago is known for its huge influence in blues and why thousands of people visit during the month of June in order to catch some of the world's greatest blues musician and artists perform at the annual Chicago Blues Festival. The best place to start sightseeing is at the Magnificent Mile where you can find many attractions such as the Hancock Center, Water Tower, Museum of Contemporary Art, Michigan Avenue, Union Station, Millennium Park and Grant Park. The most popular attractions for families traveling with children include the Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier and Wicker Park. Enjoy the sun, sand and beach at North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach.
The best way to explore Chicago is by using the local public transport. You can also opt to hire a bike or use the water taxis.