Fly To Chicago, Illinois
Cheap Flights to Chicago
This charming Midwestern city may often go overlooked by international vacationers, passed over for the easier-accessible East- or West- Coast cities. What a shame! Located on the southern shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a city chock-full of flavor, culture, and excitement.
It’s also home to a population known – like most Midwesterners – for friendly smiles and helpful, welcoming attitudes. In other words, it’s a city where many Egyptians could feel right at home!
Chicago isn’t called the ‘Windy City’ for nothing! Winds coming off the lake make fall and winter a chilly time to visit, therefore Spring and Summer months are the best time to visit.
Visitors from Egypt need a valid visa and passport to visit the US. The visa application begins online here. The US Embassy in Egypt is located at 5 Tawfik Diab St in Garden City, Cairo. (phone number 202 2797 3300).
The Egyptian Embassy Egyptian Embassy is in Washington DC, located at 3521 International Ct. NW. Phone number: (202) 895-5400.
The Egyptian Consulate Egyptian Consulate in Chicago is located at 500 North Michigan Avenue # 1900 Chicago, IL 60611, Tel: +1 (312) 828-9162.
- Stroll around Millennium Park and see the Cloud Gate public art installation (better known as the ‘Chicago Bean’) -- probably Chicago’s most-instagrammed location.
- Take a trip up to the sky deck of the Willis Tour – once the tallest building in the world.
- Check out Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, the Field History Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, or Lincoln Park Zoo.
- Shop the many stores of Michigan Avenue – known as the ‘Magnificent Mile’ of shopping.
- Swim, Sail, Windsurf, or Jet Ski on Lake Michigan.
- Enjoy an evening of famous Chicago jazz at one of the city’s many jazz clubs.
- Ride the 1,010 meter Ferris Wheel, then shop and dine on the Navy Pier.
- Do not leave Chicago without trying some famous Chicago-style, deep dish pizza or a Chicago-style (all beef) hotdog. Preferably, get your hotdog from a baseball stadium, while watching the White Sox or Cubs play.
- Time Zone: Central Standard Time (UTC -06:00); Central Daylight Time (UST -05:00) during spring/summer when Daylight Savings Time is observed.
- Currency: US Dollar ($).
- Dialing Code: +1.
- Driving: Chicago is a very drivable city. Traffic isn’t too much of a problem; though finding parking in the downtown area can often be.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has a network of buses and trains that can also help you get around. Though away from the downtown area trains run underground, around the downtown area (called ‘The Loop’) the train runs on an elevated rail. (For that reason, the train is sometimes referred to as the ‘L’ – the elevated train.) A map of the train system, and trip planner, can be found here.
Taxis in Chicago do not have a standard make or color, but they do run on a standard rate: $2.25 for the first 1/9 of a mile, $0.20 each additional 1/9 of a mile, $0.20 for each 36 seconds of waiting time. A $1.00 surcharge is added on for the first additional passenger, $0.50 each additional passenger. A 10- 15% tip is also generally standard.
O’Hare is one of two airports in Chicago (the other, Midway Airport, handles mostly domestic flights.) It is one of the busiest airports in the world.
O’Hare is located 27 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop. Getting to and from the airport is easy, as the CTA blue line has an underground station below the terminal that runs 24 hours a day. The trip is around 40 minutes long, and costs $2.25 one-way. A cab ride usually takes around 30-45 minutes, and costs around $35-45.