Chicago (United states)

Chicago is a big city in the United States, located between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. The city is the third largest of the United States in terms of population. The city is famous for its easily recognizable skylines, jazz, comedy, shopping opportunities, restaurant culture, world-class art and science museums, large parks, as well as the mile after mile continuing beautiful sandy beaches. The city also has a significant number of modern and historic, architecturally acclaimed buildings and the huge Shedd Aquarium.

Population: 2,719,000
Beach : Yes
Mountain : No
Popular destination: No
Official language: English
Emergency numbers: 911 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: United States dollar (USD)
Electric plugs: A, B
Voltage: 120 V
Tipping in a restaurant: A 15 to 20% tip on a meal is expected, depending on the service. 15% if it was ok, and 20% for excellent service.
Time in destination: Jan 26, 2021, 7:04:48 AM

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Weather Forecast














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Monthly Weather Conditions

The best time of the year to visit Chicago is in June or September, when you'll find fewer crowds than in summer and better weather than in winter.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 21.0 28.9 12.9 7
February 25.3 33.4 17.2 6
March 37.2 45.9 28.6 9
April 48.6 58.6 38.7 9
May 58.8 70.2 47.7 8
June 68.5 79.5 57.6 8
July 73.2 83.7 62.6 8
August 71.8 81.9 61.5 7
September 64.4 74.8 54.0 7
October 52.9 63.3 42.3 6
November 39.9 48.4 31.6 7
December 26.6 34.0 19.0 7

More information: Chicago forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Chicago is an expensive destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $82.51, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $299.39, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $73.30
  • Hotel (3 stars): $115.37
  • Hotel (4 stars): $157.87
  • Hotel (5 stars): $258.23
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $11.81
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $20.22
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.98
  • Meal, McDonalds: $7.98
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $14.96

More information: Chicago price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Chicago destination map


Chicago has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 35.1 (weaker than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 57.9 (weaker than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 26.5 (weaker than United states average 41.7)

More information: Chicago safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: It is recommended that the traveller should carry an international driving license as a translation of the Finnish driving license. Passport and a credit card are required to rent a car.
  • Direction of traffic: The traffic in the United States and Canada is right-handed.
  • Insurance: It is recommended to take a paid insurance for rental cars. Standard car insurances do not have an insurance retracted, if your travel insurance does not cover something related to leasing. Without an insurance the driver is responsible, if a crash occurs, or if the car gets stolen or broken up. If you get into a crash, the insurance of the person responsible for the accident may cover the cost for the damage on your rental car, but not in every case, so you should first call the police and it can be tricky to obtain a compensation. The exception to this is New York, where the law prescribes, that the insurance has to cover a minimal insurance for rental cars.
  • Driving in the wider area: Some rental companies do not allow the export of theirs cars over the state border, you should check that in advance.

More information: Car rental North america