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Facts About Chicago, IL

Regional Population: 2,841,952

Elevation: 179 meters

Time Zone: America/Chicago

Local Currency: USD

Latitude: 41.850033

Longitude: -87.6500523

Nearby Airports: CHI, MDW, ORD, NOH, GYY, PWK, DPA

Top Trips: road trips to Chicago

Weather: road conditions around Chicago

How Far Is It: distance to Chicago

Articles About Chicago, IL

Chicago: Have a Hot Time in Chi-town

The Second City serves up first-class sights, entertainment, shopping and, of course, hearty food.

Chicago: Tips for Affordable Family Fun

Broke? Fear not. You don’t need big bucks to enjoy some of Chicago’s best family attractions.

Chicago: Eating Out in the Windy City

From gourmet to grub, there are lots of choices for families.

Chicago: The Wright Choice

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust has developed new tours of the architect’s works led by those who know them best: other kids.

Family Friendly Chicago Hotel Packages

Chicago’s top hotels want your family vacation business, and they’ve created the savings packages to prove it.

Obama’s Chicago: Seven Sites in the City

Visit historical locations and personal favorites of the 44th president in his hometown of Chicago.

College Visit Guide: Chicago

Stroll some of the best campuses in the Midwest when you taste a deep-dish bite of Chicago.

O’Hare for Kids

Amy Hatch gets the scoop from Chicago’s Department of Aviation on how parents can occupy the kids during delays at Chicago’s O’Hare.

June Events Especially for Kids

Families heading to Chicago or Winnipeg in June should look into a special taste of Chicago for kids and the 26th anniversary of Winnipeg’s annual Kidsfest.

Chicago Dining, Then and Now

TravelMuse’s editorial director shares her favorite family restaurant memories from when she lived in Chicago along with some recommended new venues.

New Amusement Parks and Rides for Summer 2008

On your next family vacation, test your fear and keep your cool on thrilling new coasters and giant water slides across the country.

Rural vs. Urban College Campus Visits

A College Visit to a small-town, rural campus should focus on different factors than visiting a bustling city campus. Here’s what to know for both.

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Events

Check out these St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations around the world to show your love for the Irish.

Top 10 U.S. Boutique Shopping Destinations

For those who like local, one-of-a-kind finds, here’s a list of the best boutique shopping cities in the U.S.

Top 10 Holiday Events for the Family

Start the holiday season with these fun top family activities including concerts for the kids, a train ride with Santa and chocolate-making demonstrations.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Parades

Communities pull out all the stops to celebrate the November holiday with family-oriented parades.

10 Top Natural History Museums

Explore everything from the evolution of the universe to 85 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons at exhibits offered at these natural history museums around the globe.

Top U.S. Aquariums

Be sure to visit the country’s coolest aquariums, where you can play with dolphins and wade barefoot through live marshes.

Museums as Playgrounds

Many museums nationwide make it a point to be interactive and engaging for their younger patrons.

Accessible Chicago

Tips for how to navigate the Windy City when traveling with a disabled child.

Fun Family Factory Food Tours

Give your kids (or yourself) an education and treat at the same time while touring the factories for Ben & Jerry’s, Jelly Belly, Cape Cod Potato Chips and more on your next family vacation.

Luxury Travel Deals Sure to Please Boomers

Find luxurious bargains that will make the over-50 set happy including a free night at the Four Seasons and a $500 air credit from MSC cruises.

Family Deals: Chicago, Ireland and Iceland

Check out these great deals for family travel in the Windy City, Emerald Isles and the Land of Fire and Ice—plus a new family-friendly program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Affordable Yaycations: 8 Alternative Vacations

Can’t afford your dream trip this year? Try these bargain alternative vacations instead.

2009 Hot Travel Deals

The economy may be in the tank, but there are some super savings on travel to top destinations to be had. Learn where here.

Sweet Home Chicago and

TravelMuse completes its alpha phase and migrates to its new address. Oh, and we have a new issue too—my hometown, Chicago.

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