Fly To Chicago, Illinois
Visit the city of Oprah, the Sears Tower, Michigan Avenue, The Cubs and blues music with cheap flights to Chicago from Travelstart South Africa. This all American city in Illinois is the third largest in the United States and its varied characteristics have earned it many names; such as the Second City, since it was rebuilt after the great Chicago fire. 'Windy City', 'Chi-Town', and the 'City that Works' are other nicknames you’re likely to hear.
Chicago is something of an alpha world city, held in high regard for its economic and cultural influence beyond the borders of the USA. While the city itself is a vibrant, lively & bustling metropolitan, its residents are unbelievably welcoming, friendly & warm. Chicago has long been a model example of forward thinking infrastructure so it’s not surprising it is the fourth largest GDP contributor in the States. It’s an international hub for commerce, finance, telecoms and transportation as well as being home to the second busiest international airport in the world - O'Hare International Airport.
With the vast waters of Lake Michigan lapping at the feet of Chicago’s picturesque skyline, it’s no wonder the “City of Big Shoulders” has been the inspiration for many great poets, writers, filmmakers and musicians. While we recommend packing warmly if you visit in the winter months, the summers are pleasantly warm. Interestingly, the neighbourhoods are culturally uninfluenced by the lifestyle of Chicago. Chinatown, Devon Avenue, Far Southwest Side and Seoul Drive are home to a culturally diverse crowd that trekked from all corners of the globe to settle in and around the city.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do require a USA Visa to visit Chicago and the United States of America.
- The South African High Commission to the United States of America is situated in Washington DC. 3400 International Drive, NW
Washington DC 20008; Phone: + 1 202 232 4400. The South African Consulate-General is situated in Chicago. Address: 200 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor, Suite 600, Chicago IL 60604, USA. Phone: +1 312 939 7929.
See and do
Millennium Park in Chicago is a must for arts and culture buffs while Museum Campus is a civil engineering wonder with its criss-cross roads that connect the four main museums of Chicago - The Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Alder Planetarium and Soldier Field. The Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry and the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum are well worth a visit too. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Judy Istock Butterfly Haven are great nature parks. Indulge the shopper in you at Michigan Avenue, Lincoln Square and Southport Corridor. The hippest Reggies Rock Club at South Loop entails a bar & grill kitchen, rock scores, and a music store.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport – ORD
Food and beverage: Several restaurants, bars, and cafes are available at the airport.
Currency Exchange: Seaway National Bank has currency exchange counters at all the terminals of the airport.
Lost Luggage Help: For lost luggage at the airport, contact the Chicago Police on (773) 686-2385.
Airport Hotels: Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel is located just across the airport terminals.
Car Hire: Ace, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Advantage, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise and National provide car rental services at Chicago Airport.
Airport Hub: Chicago International Airport – ORD is a hub for Air Choice One Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.