Club Teams: Very limited, 1/2 games against home school/independant teams
School Teams: Good, IHSA members can play Australian school teams
Homestay/Billeting: Limited homestays available
Hotels: Good range of mid-level hotels in downtown within walking distance of major attractions
Avg high of -1C to 2C during the days, avg low of -8C to -11C overnight, avg of 30% of days have rain during Dec/Jan
Public Transport: 'L' Train is excellent for sightseeing use in downtown
Charter/Self Drive: Charter coach for airport transfers is recommended
PRO SPORTS TEAMS
NBA: One - Bulls
NFL: One - Bears
NHL (Ice-Hockey): One - Blackhawks
MLB (Baseball): Two - Cubs, White Sox (not in season)
Chicago is known as the Windy City and sits on the shores of Lake Michigan. It's a vibrant city with fantastic architecture and sports crazy fans. The city is a fantastic destination to give your team a 'big city' and USA winter experience. The months of December and January are cold and usually see some snow falls in town. There is plenty to see and do in town with plenty of attractions, excellent shopping and several professional and college sports teams in town.
Getting around is easy with most major sights within close walking distance from the main downtown area, while the city's public transport is headlined by their unique elevated train system known to the locals as the 'L', which covers everything outside of downtown.
The basketball in Chicago is quite strong however only school teams are able to compete against Chicago high schools and games can be difficult to arrange. For club teams, there are a number of independent and home-school teams where games can be arranged.
Chicago's attractions are what brings people to town. Michigan Avenue is the main thoroughfare through the city - the part of the street north of the Chicago River, commonly referred to as the Magnificent Mile, is full of with high-end retailers, shopping malls and unique attractions. Where Michigan Ave crosses the river you find the iconic Wrigley Building, Michigan Avenue Bridge and Tribute Buildings, whilst on the south side of the river Michigan Ave runs next to Millennium Park, which is home to The Bean, Crown Fountain and ice skating rink.
Other attractions you'll find in town are Navy Pier, Chicago's #1 attraction filled with rides, shops and eateries; Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower and once the tallest building in the world with a great observation deck; Wrigley Field, home of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs which offers a fantastic tour; and 360 Chicago, an observation deck at the top of the John Hancock Building on Michigan Avenue offering the best view of the city. The Chicago Sport Museum offers a comprehensive history of Chicago sporting triumphs and disappointments and plenty of interactive exhibits, and no visit to Chi-town is complete without a visit to the United Center to see the Bulls play and viewing the Michael Jordan statue.
Jordan also has his own steakhouse in town on Michigan Avenue and is well worth the visit to check out some of the memorabilia on show. For those looking for something a little more educational, Chicago is home to some fantastic museums including the Art Institute, Field Museum, Planetarium, and Museum of Science and Industry which all offer world leading exhibits and displays.
WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO ...
Navy Pier - OUR REVIEW
Millennium Park - OUR REVIEW
Soldier Field Tour - OUR REVIEW
Chicago Sports Museum - OUR REVIEW
Michigan Avenue - OUR REVIEW
Lincoln Park Zoo - OUR REVIEW
Sears Tower - OUR REVIEW
Art Institue of Chicago - OUR REVIEW
Chicago River - OUR REVIEW