J1 Hotspots: Chicago
Why we love Chicago for a J1
Chicago, or Chi-Town as it is more commonly known to J1ers, is growing in popularity year on year with Irish J1 travellers. Situated along the shore of Lake Michigan, the city of Chicago is the third-largest in America and is a hub of culture, technology, business, and transportation. With nearly 60 million visitors to the city annually, here are the reasons why it should be your J1 destination for Summer 2020.
The Climate of Chicago
Although sometimes referred to as “The Windy City” the weather in Chicago in the summer months can range from 17 °C to 29 °C, with minimal rainy days to be expected. So this means the city does get a good summer for the 3 months of your J1 in Chicago. Plenty of time to catch some rays by the lake.
The Outdoors and Sightseeing
The Chicago climate allows for plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors to take in the amazing city around you. Take a walk along the Chicago River and see one of the many movable bridges that cross it, there are more of these in Chicago than in any other city in the world! Here’s a random fact about Chicago and its movable bridges; the first one was a drawbridge built in 1834 at Dearborn Street.
Or, better yet, kayak down the river and take in the city from an entirely different perspective. You can even join one of the ample kayak clubs in the city, great for keeping fit and making friends on your J1 in Chicago. You haven’t been to Chicago if you don’t go to Millennial Park to see the Cloud Gate, or The Bean as it’s more commonly known. Anish Kapoor designed the sculpture and initially hated the fact the people called it The Bean. Although, eventually he grew fond of the pet name.
While you’re in Millennial Park stop by the spitting faces of the Crown Fountains to cool down in that Summer heat. It’s a nice place to hang out in the summer sun and have a picnic. If you’re not afraid of heights the Skydeck of the John Hancock Building/Willis Tower is the perfect vantage point to look out across the city. With its glass box situated almost 1,400 fit in the air, it’s perfect for taking that one Insta photo all your friends will be jealous of.
Spend your days off from your J1 job relaxing along North Avenue Beach on the lake. Take in the views of Lake Michigan or wander down Navy Pier. We’re sure you’ll find something to keep you entertained! Try the Ferris wheel at the fair that is of course, if you haven’t had your fill of adrenaline at the Skydeck.
Experience life in Chicago like a true “Chicagoan” by heading to a baseball game in Wrigley Field, the home of the Cubs. Or if you’re not into baseball, one of Chicago’s other sports teams such as the Chicago Bulls basketball team or the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team might have you feeling like a proud local resident the end of your J1 in Chicago. Go to the infamous Lollapalooza in Grant Park and have the best weekend of the summer seeing all your favourite artists perform.
Trying a Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is the perfect way to get to know Chicago on the inside as well as the out. And how could we forget the Chicago hot dog? Are you even in America if you’re not eating hotdogs on a regular basis.
Start planning your J1 summer in Chicago over on our website!