I was lucky to be invited on an inaugural direct flight to Chicago with some other Travel Agents from Dublin. After check in we proceeded directly through Duty Free and onto US immigration. How great is it that on any direct US flight, that you can clear US immigration before getting to your gate?! It makes your arrival so much easier and quicker to the US! Departing from Dublin there was some excitement seeing us take off! It’s a comfortable aircraft with the seat rows in 3 with a dividing aisle. On arrival to O’Hare airport I was impressed by our swift bag collection and nice bright arrival areas even though it’s one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world!
After a quick transfer by road in about 30 mins to Chicago downtown on a good highway we arrived at our hotel, the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, a 4-star hotel, good and comfy beds. I would absolutely recommend this hotel. It’s located on the Riverwalk, close to other hotels & Michigan Avenue too, where all the great shopping and nightlife happens! Views from the hotel are great, either Lake view or River view. Mine was a river view so it was exactly the window view that I expected from Chicago! I think it’s the best location, and this hotel is vibrant and busy with proms, tours and conferences while at the same time providing great service to all the guests. It’s a 10-minute walk on the flat from the centre and Michigan Avenue, Magnificent mile which makes it great for a weekend break.
It was June and the weather was just perfect. Clear bright blue skies and a little windy and sometimes warm! The highlight of my tour was the Architecture Cruise, which we took from Navy Pier. I can’t recommend it enough. Big boat and thoroughly enjoyable, excellent commentary and really fun. From there, we went to the John Hancock Tower, the 360, sky view from very top of the building, it’s an easy way to find your bearings around Chicago, from a height! There was a delight for us at ground level, the Cheesecake Factory and a first for me! What a treat! You can walk easily around Chicago, through Millennium Park, shopping on State St., Magnificent Miles, there is great choice for everyone. To end our trip, we ate at the famous Brazilian restaurant, Fogo De Chao”. Go on an empty stomach and relish in the delights of Brazilian meats and hospitality!
I would recommend Chicago, not too busy, or too high rise and we were welcomed at the hotels, shops, restaurants and on the streets locally in a very genuine and welcoming way.