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We recommend visiting Chicago during the summer when there are plenty of outdoor festivals, concerts, and activities.

For a quieter time, visit during the fall when the weather is cooler and tourist attractions are less crowded.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

Smoking is banned in public places in Chicago, and smokers must stand at least 15 feet from entrances, exits and open windows.

Twenty-one is the legal drinking age in the city; photo ID is required to buy and consume alcohol and it is illegal to drink in the street. As in most US states, tipping between 10-20% is strongly advised at bars, restaurants, hotels, when paying cab drivers and receiving many other services.

ATTIRE

In the summer months, temperatures can reach the high 20s so it is advisable to wear a hat and use sunscreen.

In the winter months it can get extremely cold in Chicago, so a winter coat, hat, scarf, and gloves are essential.

LANGUAGE

American English

CURRENCY

U.S. Dollar

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+1

TIME ZONE

GMT-6 Daylight Saving Time runs from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October