Known by many names, Chicago is most famously called the Windy City. Breeze through its sports teams, picturesque public spaces, and captivating fine art. A flight from North Bay to Chicago will carry you into this scenic city on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Chicago is a prime destination for sports enthusiasts. The United Center hosts hockey and basketball games. Baseball tends to captivate audiences in the Northside and Southside neighbourhoods. Two crosstown ballparks, the Wrigley Field, and Guaranteed Rate Field are the respective homes of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
Among the more popular points of interest in the city is the Chicago Riverwalk. Situated along the Chicago River, the walkway is an inviting retreat from the city’s skyscrapers. Take a stroll down the Chicago Riverwalk and watch history unfold, literally, on the city’s moveable bridges. Enjoy this view and an alfresco dining experience from a restaurant on the promenade.
Expect an enthralling cultural experience when you fly to Chicago from North Bay. Climb aboard a river cruise for a waterfront adventure. Tour guides come equipped with captivating tales of the city’s vibrant history. Drift through the urban landscape past iconic landmarks like the Wrigley Building.
Introduce yourself to the sophisticated side of the city at the Art Institute of Chicago. The masterpieces of Picasso, Rembrandt, and van Gogh hang on its walls. From ancient Chinese bronzes to the contemporary pieces of up-and-coming artists, marvel at the museum’s collection of nearly 300,000 works of art.
The art in Chicago isn’t restricted to museums. You’ll be awestruck by Cloud Gate or “The Bean”, a 110-ton public sculpture, mirroring Chicago’s striking skyline. Snap a selfie in front of this icon before heading back to North Bay.
Fly to Chicago from North Bay and explore the hidden legacy of the Magnificent Mile.
A tour of the Magnificent Mile begins when you cross the DuSable Bridge. Before dashing over, stop at the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. Showcasing the Chicago River’s rich heritage and renowned moveable bridges, it isn’t the only historic gem in this neighbourhood.
The Magnificent Mile’s eye-catching buildings rise from the banks of the Chicago River. Built in the 1920s, Tribune Tower’s neo-gothic architecture rivals the French Renaissance design of the Wrigley Building across the street. The two skyscrapers were later joined by the John Hancock Center in 1969.
At an impressive 100 storeys, the John Hancock Center is one of the tallest buildings in the city. An observatory, the 360 Chicago on the 94th floor, is a fantastic spot for panoramic views of downtown Chicago. For a bolder experience, try its ‘TILT’ feature; placing you at a 30 degree angle, 1,000 feet above Michigan Avenue.
At ground level, explore the neighbourhood’s thriving art scene. City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower hosts prolific exhibits from local artists and photographers. The novice art gallery is nestled in one of Chicago’s oldest buildings, the Chicago Water Tower.
The Chicago Avenue Pumping Station is another patron of the arts along this corridor. Behind the stone walls of this low-key building is a 200-seat theatre. Step through the wooden double doors into an exhilarating theatrical performance.
Forming the Old Chicago Water Tower District, these iconic monuments are survivors of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Discover the architectural wonders of the Magnificent Mile following your flight from North Bay to Chicago.
Wicker Park is a budding entertainment mecca. Across the Chicago River from the world-famous Magnificent Mile, this locale is filled with young and vivacious energy. Fly to Chicago from North Bay and land in this hip neighbourhood.
Venture onto the streets of Wicker Park for an exciting mix of vintage and new age shopping. Find rare keepsakes when you enter the trendy thrift shops nestled between stylish high-end retailers.
Within the confines of Wicker Park is an urban green space of the same name. Sit back at the ornate water fountain, located at the center of this park. It’s a great spot to relax after canvassing the wonder of Milwaukee Avenue.
Top off your flight from North Bay to Chicago by sampling the quirky cafés and eclectic restaurants of Wicker Park. New places to eat in Chicago constantly spring up here. Grab a seat at one of these local hotspots for a taste of the inventive dishes.
A twist on the modern art gallery, the Flatiron Arts Building is home to a bevy of local artists’ studios. A work of art itself, you can’t miss its welcoming windows at the intersection of Milwaukee, North, and Damen Avenues. The building is a throwback to Wicker Park’s bohemian history, and currently serves as a hipster enclave.
Neon signs add to the spectacle of nightlife in this area. Join the celebrations in Wicker Park’s many dive bars, lounges and nightclubs. Indulge in a local craft beer or a handcrafted cocktail, the perfect end to a day in the Windy City.
Get ready to stir up the action, and wind down leisurely in Wicker Park when fly from North Bay to Chicago.
Fly from North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB) to Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), with a quick connection in Toronto. North Bay to Chicago flight time is 2 hours and 40 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from North Bay to Chicago is around 1,000 km / 620 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is about 9 km / 6 mi from downtown Chicago.
The Go Airport Express shuttle bus provides service from the airport to downtown. The fare is $27 USD.
Car rental services are available at Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). Take the shuttle to the rental car area from the pick-up location at door 3 of the lower level, near the baggage claim area.
Taxis to downtown cost about $20 USD per person. Car service is available.
Take the Chicago Transit Authority orange line from the Midway stop. The fare is $2.25 USD.