Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, is a great area of America to explore.
This fantastic city, which is located in the American state of Illinois, has something for everyone. It boasts a wealth of attractions, museums, entertainment, shopping opportunities and some delicious food. What’s more, this area also has a good selection of self catering properties in which you can stay during your holiday, so it’s ideal for a family vacation rental.
Whether you’re looking to do non-stop sightseeing, soak up the sun on the beach or catch up on some retail therapy, you will find it all here in Chicago!
There are numerous tourist attractions in Chicago. Some of the must-sees are The Art Institute of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Cultural Center, Sears Tower Skydeck, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and lots more!
One of the best ways of seeing the sights of the city is by taking one of the many tours available. There are a variety of tours you can choose from, such as bus tours, bicycle tours, boat tours and even Segway tours!
The Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tour will give you the chance to ride on Trolley buses and Double Decker buses, tour and visit some of the exciting sights and attractions around the city. Some of the stops on the tour include Sears Tower, Millennium Park, Field Museum of Natural History, Theater District, Navy Pier and more.
If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the city, you should head to the Skydeck at Sears Tower. This amazing observation deck, which stands an incredible 1,353 feet above the ground, is an excellent way of enjoying Chicago. You can see for miles on a clear day.
And if you want to view even more of Chicago from a great height, you can also visit the John Hancock Observatory, where you can do the multimedia Sky Tour and check out the exciting open-air Skywalk! From this amazing viewing platform, which is located on the 94th floor of the building, you will be able to look down at the city’s Magnificent Mile.
The Magnificent Mile is an area of Chicago which you should definitely visit during your stay in this great American city – when your feet are firmly back on the ground, of course! Here you will find stores, boutiques, restaurants, hotels, entertainment facilities etc for everyone.
The Magnificent Mile is ideal for those who love shopping! There are a number of department stores here, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. So you really can shop until you drop! Chicago also has other shopping areas which are worth exploring if you are a keen shopper.
If you’ve still got some energy left after your shopping expedition, you might fancy doing something sporty during your vacation. Chicago has plenty of sports facilities and offers a range of activities, such as cycling, swimming, tennis, golf, bowling, water sports and ice skating!
In fact, one great way of seeing the city (while keeping fit!) is cycling. Chicago boasts many miles of bike lanes and paths and has thousands of bike racks available to use. You can hire a bicycle and enjoy the city’s sights on two wheels.
You will also have to sample some of the delicious food on offer in Chicago. In fact, you will be spoilt for choice by the number of restaurants in the city! Not surprisingly, there is such a huge range of cuisine to suit a great variety of tastes, such as Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, French, Spanish, Cajun and more. You will be well catered for in Chicago.
You should also try the famous Chicago-style pizza or a delicious hot dog during your stay!
Chicago is a great American holiday destination for all the family.
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…About 5 years ago my wife & I visited New Orleans & took a side trip to the Bayou Country. I love spicy food & felt like I was in Paradise then. I recently had a craving for some spicy Cajun snacks & I ordered Simply Cajun pickled chicken eggs + Simply Cajun pickled quail eggs + Simply Cajun polish sausage over the internet. I also discovered ( but did not order ) something called turducken ( which I understand is turkey stuffed with duck, chicken & sometimes creole sausage ? ) ??—Can anyone tell me what these items taste like ? Are they considered delicacies ? Are they aquired Tastes? Is Simply Cajun a good authentic brand or is there a better brand ? What does turducken taste like ? Does turducken taste good ? Lastly….does anyone know any good websites where similar Cajun food can be purchased ? What is the best website ? Are there other good Cajun foods you would recommend ?….And does anyone know of any Cajun supermarkets on Long Island, New York ? —-Thanks
I’m glad that you are a fan of our cuisine. It is mighty tasty. I hope that this will help. Turducken is amazing, it is tender and full of flavor, holiday favorites! I highly recommend it. Although I really can’t describe it for you other than that it’s great! I don’t know much about cajun stores in New York, but I know some things that will help you cook. Tony Chachere’s seasoning is a staple in every kitchen in Louisiana, it is a great start for seasoning anything! They also make a roux mix ( the base for gumbo) which has a great recipe for an amazing authentic gumbo. (although feel free to add lib and make it your own gumbo). You can also order riceland crawfish to be shipped which are farm raised here and they too have a great recipe for a great Etouffee……. when cooking with crawfish never use China crawfish the flavoring and the texture is not what you are looking for and it is much better to use the "real" thing. The best cookbooks that I can recommend for you are anything by Paul Prudomme, it’ll knock your socks off!!! Prepare to cook for some time, but open some wine have some fun and the time the food takes to prepare will pay off, greatness takes time, even in the kitchen.
Here is a great recipe for BBQ shrimp–it is one of my favorites, but ya gotta have the Tony’s to make it one of the most amazing things you will ever put in your mouth!
3-4 pounds of Prawn Shrimp ( it is important they are prawns)
4 sticks of butter
2 large bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing
1 jar Pepper Corns
Pepper Corns with a grinder
1 large jar of minced garlic
cut the butter into cubes and put it in a large deep pan, generously cover the butter in garlic, (don’t be shy about the garlic-it’s a huge part of what makes cajun food what it is), place prawns on top of this, add a little more garlic on top of prawns, pour in dressing, place pepper corns generously through out the dish, then grind at least half of the grinder of peppercorns over the dish evenly, add tony’s to taste ( it’s spicy!!!) Cover with tin foil, place in oven on 350 until shrimp turn bright pink! Don’t let them over cook!!!
Get plenty of french bread, place in the center of the table, get bowls, and enjoy!!!! Make sure to get plenty of the "sauce" to enjoy with your shrimp and bread, it is amazing!!!
Good luck with your cooking adventures.
Yields: 18 servings
1 bag hulless popcorn
½ cup butter, melted
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Place popcorn in a large roasting pan; set aside. In a small bowl whisk together, butter, paprika, lemon pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Pour over popcorn and gently toss to coat.
~ Bake for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Duration : 0:4:23
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Are there any grant/loan programs out there that can help us start a new idea for a cajun seafood restaurant in San Jose, CA? It will be a three way partnership and we are all minorities. Only one of us has excellent credit and the other two have a set moderate income. We have about 30 thousand in liquid assets. PLEASE HELP.
Go to http://www.grants.gov/ to see what government grants are available, if any, and how you can apply for them. You may also find grants at http://foundationcenter.org/ Then, go to http://www.npguides.org/ for instructions on how to write a foundation grant proposal
I love shrimp & I cook it a lot of different ways but I haven’t tried the shrimp creole. Does anyone have a simple receipe for it. thanks
This is great!!!
You can’t get more Creole than Emeril Lagasse..the man can cook…
(You can also buy his seasoning premade in the spice isle)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped green bell peppers
1 cup chopped celery
4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped plum tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
Salt and cayenne
1 cup water
2 bay leaves
2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons flour mixed with 1/4 cup cold water
6 cups cooked white rice
1/2 cup chopped green onions
In a large saute pan, heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne. Stir in the peppers and celery. Saute for 2 minutes, or until the vegetables start to wilt. Stir in the tomatoes and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt and cayenne.
Stir in the water and bay leaves. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the shrimp and saute for about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the flour mixture and simmer for 2 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken. Stir in the green onions. Check the seasoning.
To assemble, mound the rice in the center of each plate. Spoon the Shrimp Creole over the rice. Garnish with green onions
Essence (Emeril’s Creole Seasoning):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup