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Summer Routes Destination Guide: Chicago, Illinois

With WestJet’s direct summer routes to Chicago and Whitehorse, your summer just became a whole lot more exciting. Whether it’s enjoying Chicago’s art and architecture or Whitehorse’s great outdoors, these are two destinations worth adding to your must-visit list. 

To tempt your travel taste buds, we’ve come up with a one day plan in each city that makes for a great vacation. This week we’re featuring Chicago, Illinois located on the banks of Lake Michigan. This city has a lot to offer, far too much to pack into one day, so plan on staying at least three or four days to take it all in.

A day of art and architecture

Chicago boasts an iconic skyline, which has been created and built by many of the world’s top architects. A must-do in the city is an Architectural Boat Tour. Offered by various operators, the tour floats down the Chicago river showcases the many impressive sky-scrapers. Even if you’re not an architectural buff, you’ll be impressed at the level of detail and history behind the buildings of the city.

Once you’ve completed your tour, usually 90 minutes in length, you’ll want to take a stroll through the Magnificent Mile. Starting at the river, the Magnificent Mile is a 14 block shopping district along Michigan Avenue, featuring a dense concentration of high-rise malls, boutiques and shops.

Feeling Hungry? After a busy morning, it’s time to find a local pizzeria and try some of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza. There’s plenty of debate as to which pizzeria serves up the best, so do some research in advance, or ask a local where you can find their favourite and give it a try.

After lunch, continue down Michigan Avenue until you reach the Art Institute of Chicago. Be sure to leave plenty of time for this museum – at one million square feet, it is the second largest art museum in the United States. It boasts of the world’s most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, and also includes large collections of Old Masters, decorative arts, Asian art and both Modern and Contemporary art.

For museum information, guides, tours and more, visit their website.

What a day! With all that walking and sight-seeing, it’s time to rest your feet and relax at one of the city’s many Blue’s Clubs. Throughout the summer, Chicago hosts several music festivals and outdoor concerts at Millennium Park downtown. Visit the City of Chicago’s tourism site for a listing of events & concerts.

For flight information and airline tickets to Chicago, visit West Jet’s website.


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