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      Reena Ganga is a travel writer/blogger who lives in Chicago, USA. She dishes out daily tips, tricks and inspiration for world travel on her blog, wanderplex.com. Read Reena’s tips for touring her city here or visit http://blog.arguscarhire.com for more great travel advice.


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      First time going to Chicago? We want you to get the most from your rental-car Chicago experience. For this reason, we've enlisted the assistance of a local travel expert to help you to get you on your way. Follow these important travel tips and enjoy the finest that Chicago can give.

      See: Whether you go by foot or on a boat winding through the city’s canals, a tour of Chicago’s architectural gems – from gothic skyscrapers to metallic marvels – is an absolute must. Then, get the view from above – way above – as you stand on a glass ledge 1353 feet up in the air at the Sears Skydeck.

      Visit one of Chicago’s many museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, which boasts a notable collection of impressionist works and American art, and the Field Museum of Natural History for its huge collection of dinosaur fossils, including Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus ever found. The Museum of Science and Industry is a great place for families who can watch a tornado in action, see lightning strike, gush over baby chickens in the hatchery, climb aboard a German submarine and experience an underground coal mine.

      Football fans can take in a Chicago Bears game, while those into baseball can see the Cubs or Whitesox in action. Chicago is also home to the Bulls – see the NBA record-breaking team that the legendary Michael Jordan helped take to the top.

      If that’s not enough entertainment for you, head to Second City, the comedy club that gave rise to some of America’s most notable comedians.

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      Shop: North Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile, is the city’s primary shopping strip and is lined with every major clothing, jewelry and department store imaginable. Just beyond the Mag Mile, you’ll find the tree-lined Gold Coast area, where the high-end fashion houses have set up shop, while further north, Lincoln Park lays claim to a number of trendy boutiques. Further west in Wicker Park is where you’ll score those vintage and bohemian finds.

      Eat: Every Chicagoan has their own favorite joint for deep dish pizza, so hit up Giordano’s, Gino’s East, Lou Malnati’s and Pizzeria Uno and you be the judge! Dig into a Chicago-style hot dog at Hot Doug’s or Portillo’s, where you can also bite into an Italian Beef Sandwich – another local delight.

      Award-winning chef Rick Bayless dishes up Mexican Fare at Frontera Grill, while the winner of reality show Top Chef serves up creative concoctions at Girl and the Goat. For upscale cuisine, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat Alinea, which is consistently rated one of the top restaurants in the US.

      When it’s time for a sweet treat, head to Garrett Popcorn and try the Chicago Mix, a blend of caramel and cheese popcorn, or stop by Molly’s Cupcakes and Sweet Mandy B’s for old-fashioned American desserts.

      Drink: If you want to feel on top of the world, head to the Signature Room, located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, where you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the city with a cocktail in hand. If dizzying heights aren’t for you, how about an underground bar instead? At The Bedford you can sip cocktails in a former bank vault, complete with safety deposit boxes, massive vault door and marble walls. For a speakeasy style lounge with an unmarked entrance, classic old-world drinks, crystal chandeliers and Alice in Wonderland-esque chairs, head to The Violet Hour.

      If it’s a relaxed beer you’re after, wash down Hopleaf’s signature mussels with one of the more than 150 beers on offer at the Andersonville tavern. For a local brew, you can’t go past the Goose Island Brew Pub, which runs tours of their brewery and lets you taste test their current selection of beers.

      Stay: Chicago has no shortage of accommodation in which to kick back after a day of exploration. At the top end, you can treat yourself to a stay at the Elysian Hotel, while in the mid range, you can check into The Palomar, just steps from the Magnificent Mile or theWit for trendy digs right in the heart of the loop. For those on a budget, the HI Chicago hostel boasts an enviable downtown location while the Chicago Getaway Hostel is in the prime spot for those looking to enjoy the city’s nightlife.

      Walk: Enjoy views of Lake Michigan as you stroll along Navy Pier, where the carnival setup includes a giant Ferris wheel, shops, shows for children as well as beer gardens for the adults. Or take a walk through Millennium Park, which houses a number of interactive sculptures, the most famous of which is dubbed “The Bean” for its resemblance to a giant silver jelly bean. You can lace up some skates and hit the outdoor ice rink in winter or chill out to the free concerts held in the park during the summer.

      Art buffs can walk through the Pilsen district, where local artists have established studios, or they can stop by the Chicago Cultural Center downtown, which is home to the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world. And for animal-lovers the Lincoln Park Zoo is free and open 365 days a year, rain, hail or shine.

      Get out: If the chaos of the city is all just too much, consider heading up to Evanston, a relaxed student area 45 minutes north of downtown Chicago which is home to shops, bars and restaurants. For a bit more of an escape, head across the Wisconsin border to Lake Geneva, a popular getaway for skiing, golfing and other sport and recreation. The charming lakeside town is just one and a half hours from Chicago by car.

      Listen: Chicago is the home of the blues and you’ll get an authentic experience at Lees Unleaded Blues on the city’s south side. Kingston Mines, north of the loop, is more easily accessible for visitors and toots out blues across two stages, seven nights a week. If you love discovering new music, be sure to check out Double Door, a Chicago institution that features up and coming local bands as well as big names on tour playing everything from indie to hip hop, punk and rock. For a swinging time, hit up the Green Mill Jazz Club, a cocktail lounge once frequented by the mob. Listen to jazz bands, swing orchestras or even their regular Sunday night poetry slam!

      Avoid: The cold! Chicago can get bitterly cold in the winter and the city isn’t dubbed the “Windy City” for nothing. A warm coat, hat, boots and gloves are an absolute must during the cold season.

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