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As the Great Lakes turn into the Great Plains, Chicago stands as an urban punctation mark made up of Art Deco skyscrapers and cutting-edge American culture. In its central district of The Loop, the great Willis Tower looms high above gritty blues bars and the sleek shopping boutiques of the Magnificent Mile. The array of museums is nothing short of mind boggling – priceless works abound in the Art Institute of Chicago, while the Field Museum of Natural History is guarded by the fearsome skeleton of a T-rex. Around all that extends a patchwork of enthralling districts, from Greektown's tavernas to the pizza-pie joints of Little Italy. What's more, Chicago's O'Hare International is one of the largest airports in the US. Cheap flights to Chicago from New Zealand are likely to land there, after taking 25-35 hours in the air on average.
Orchestras play on the stages of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and strollers enjoy the scented flowerbeds of the Lurie Garden, all in the green spaces of Chicago's lovely Millennium Park.
There are some amazing views of Chicago on offer from the Willis Tower. Hit its soaring observation deck to see Lake Michigan and the downtown in all their glory.
Lake Michigan has beaches and state parks to the north and south of Chicago. They're a fine escape from the Windy City.
No airlines fly direct between New Zealand and Chicago.