The charm of French Canada awaits, with a flight from Chicago to Montréal.
Named for its central peak, Mont Royal, Montréal is a city as scenic as it is historic. You’ll be met with amazing sights no matter where your feet take you. Whether you’re enjoying the outdoors indoors at the Montréal Biodome or strolling through the historic cobblestone streets of Vieux Montréal, the oldest area of the city.
Like Chicago, Montréal is renowned for its architecture. Buildings like the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal and the Moshe Safdie designed Habitat 67 turn every street into a structural feature. At the Canadian Centre for Architecture, you can follow the path of Montréal’s past through its buildings.
Montréal’s eye for design turns inward on the walls of its art galleries. Also partially designed by Safdie, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal has a collection to match its impressive exterior. For more modern art, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal holds works from the city’s recently renowned artists.
Beneath the Musée d’art contemporain, you’ll find Montréal’s underground village, La Ville Souterraine. Stroll through the stores of this concourse, without having to worry about the weather stopping your shopping. Back on the city’s above ground streets, Montréal’s shopping scene is both chic and boutique, with small shops down hidden away on winding streets.
Once you’ve finished your shopping, head down to the city’s waterfront in the Vieux-Port de Montréal. Walk by the St. Lawrence River, or stroll further south to the Lachine Canal, where the Lachine Canal bike path will take you to Montréal’s Griffintown and La Petite-Bourgogne.
The charming neighbourhoods along the canal are sure to be the highlight of your trip from Chicago.
While its geographical boundaries aren’t entirely clear, there’s no doubt that La Petite Patrie is the perfect stop after your flight to Montréal from Chicago.
This neighbourhood in the Rosemont borough, for all its uncertain borders, contains three distinct parts. Mile-Ex, Little Italy and Rue Beaubien make up this up-and-coming neighbourhood.
Mile-Ex takes advantage of the textile factories left behind from its industrial past in a creative way. These hollowed out historic buildings now house artists studios and galleries, beautifully mixing the old with the new. You can see Mile-Ex’s artistic influence on La Petite Patrie in the Cinéma Beaubien. Art house films and Canadian indie movies air in this French-language theatre, which has been entertaining residents since 1937.
If you don’t fill up on popcorn, head to Little Italy for a snack. Nestled between an Italian restaurant and the beloved grocery store Milano Fruiterie, Caffè Italia has an address that is at the very heart of Little Italy. This family-run coffee shop has been serving the best cappuccino in Montréal for three generations, beginning in 1956.
When the sun goes down, make your way to Rue Beaubien to enjoy La Petite Patrie’s nightlife. The variety of bars can score your evening with a range of music from thrash metal to Simon and Garfunkel tunes. Trendy and cozy, the bars along Rue Beaubien always mix it up.
Once you’ve had a few drinks, heed the call of Montréal’s favourite late night snack, poutine. Like Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, poutine is both a comfort food and battleground for local competition. Go where potatoes meet meat, at Le Roi du Smoked Meat, a comfy diner style favourite. A taste of this decadent treat is a great way to end your amazing day in La Petite Patrie.
See one of Montréal’s chicest neighbourhoods on your trip from Chicago, with a visit to Le Plateau.
This hip neighbourhood is an artistic haven. Fashionably dressed and creatively minded, the residents here have created a neighbourhood in which urban art and cool cafés await on every street.
A dense collection of theatres throughout Le Plateau sets the stage for a rich performing arts scene. Housing plays, films, and music, these venues are packed into the area. From the century-old La Tulipe, to the open-air Théâtre de Verdure, the spotlight is always on Le Plateau’s stages.
Surrounding Théâtre de Verdure, you’ll find Parc la Fontaine. The second largest park in Montréal, after Parc Mont Royal, la Fontaine attracts residents year-round. Walk or cycle through this green space, stopping to relax by the ponds or pop into the park’s chalet for cultural events with a side of refreshments.
Once you’ve left Parc la Fontaine, wander through some of Le Plateau’s quiet streets. Stone houses lead to wrought-iron staircases, and picturesque terraces, making the residential roads of Le Plateau one of the highlights of Montréal’s architecture. On the the larger streets, like Boulevard St. Laurent, cultural events liven up Le Plateau.
Along Boulevard St. Laurent, keep your eyes peeled for one of Montréal’s most delicious establishments. Schwartz's Deli is a meat lover's paradise, with Montréal smoked meat piled high and topped with mustard.
If you’re still hungry, get ready for the battle of the bagels. St. Viateur and Fairmount Bagels are both contenders for the best in Montréal. Settle this dispute before your return to Chicago, with a taste of these two famous bagels.
Fly from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), with a quick connection in Toronto. Chicago to Québec City flight time is 3 hours on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Chicago to Québec City is around 1,430 km / 890 mi.
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