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Chicago

Chicago is located in the state of Illinois by Lake Michigan and the city is perhaps the most typical American city we know of. Chicago is one of the largest cities in the United States, and if you want to see the skyscrapers, Chicago is the city to visit!

Autumn and winter can be cool in Chicago, but in the summer, the city really comes alive with multiple festivals every weekend, and the walks along Lake Michigan are buzzing with joggers, cyclists and skaters.

Chicago is often overlooked by European tourists, who choose New York City as a major city destination, but the city tends to surprise its visitors most pleasantly.

Both families with children, young people and old couples will find plenty of attractions to enjoy in Chicago, and the very few trips disappointed by the city.

Facts about Chicago

Chicago is Illinois’ largest and the third largest city in the United States. Chicago has a large and beautiful lake (Lake Michigan) which is one of the five great lakes in the United States.

Population

About. 2.8 million inhabitants.

Official languages

English.

Control Form

Republic

Religion

No official religion, but 78% is a form of Christian.

Time Difference

The US east coast is six hours behind the Norwegian winter time, in summer time seven hours.

Currency

US Dollar (USD). Credit cards like Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Diners are very common, and ATMs can be found almost everywhere.

Tips

Most people who work in service in the United States have salaries based on tips. It is common to give 15-20% at the restaurant, in taxis, hairdressers, etc. Some eateries may have service stated on the bill.

Embassy

The Norwegian Embassy in the United States is located in Washington, but in Chicago it must be a Consulate General at 900 Lively Blvd (Elk Grove), tel. +1 847 364-737

Tourist

163 E Pearson Avenue, and 77 E Randolph Street.

Telephone

+1

Emergency

911

Electricity

110 / 120V. Both two- and three-point connectors are common, so bring an adapter with you if you want to bring along electrical items.

Holidays and Holidays

Most US holidays such as Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day and even Martin Luther King Day are moving. The exception is Independence Day, July 4th.

Visa

There are special entry rules that apply to the United States.

vaccinations

No vaccines are required.

Water

Can be easily drunk from the tap.

Nearest major cities

Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis.

Safety

Little crime of violence against tourists, although some neighborhoods are more charged than others. NB Steer away from Austin, Washington Park, Fuller Park and East Garland Park in the evenings. Police are clearly visible in the street scene, and frequent and thorough security checks on tourist attractions and airports will, for many Norwegians, manifest themselves on the verge of paranoia. But for good reason.