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Chicago Explored

I'm back from an incredible press trip to Chicago with Choose Chicago --one of the best big cities on earth. In fact, Chicago was just voted the Best Big City in the United States   for the seventh years in a row , and I have to say... I agree. When visiting Chicago, there is so much to see and do--and the city caters to every type of tourist, whether you're into sports, (from the Chicago Bulls tot he Bears to the Cubs--they've got it all!) sightseeing, shopping, dining, or just taking in the stunning and historic architecture. From the award winning food scene, beautiful parks and green spaces, luxury hotels, attractions, and vibrant neighbourhoods, it's a city everyone should add to their travel bucket list.  Here's a rundown of where I stayed, where I dined, and what I visited, to help you plan your itinerary for your upcoming Chicago trip!  How to get there We flew out of Ottawa with Porter, and landed in Toronto's downtown Billy Bishop airport. Flying Porte
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