While big city experiences are on offer in Chicago, the Illinois city is also home to natural beauty and a number of animals. You can see some of them for free at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Open 365 days a year, the zoo houses animals from all across the world including African lions, Amur leopards, tortoise, chimpanzees, gorillas, owls and flamingos. The zoo even has a farm onsite ideal for kids to visit.

In addition to farm animals, thanks to its aquatic location on Lake Michigan, Chicago is also home to a number of marine animals. For a closer glimpse head to the Shedd Aquarium which is home to 32,500 marine animals. Within the aquarium you can browse a number of exhibits showcasing polar animals, jellyfish and those from the Caribbean. Don't miss seeing some of the aquariums rare species including the Goliath bird-eating tarantula, green anaconda, zebra sharks and beluga whales.

Chicago Airport (ORD)

Flights from Australia to Chicago will disembark at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is located northwest of the city and is named after Edward O'Hare, a Medal of Honour recipient from World War II. The airport remains a hub for American Airlines and United Airlines.

Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Book your Chicago Airport accommodation.

Getting to Chicago

There are many airlines that offer flights to Chicago from Australia that involve a stopover in a third destination. Flights from Sydney via Los Angeles, San Francisco or Dallas take between 19 and 21 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Melbourne via Los Angeles take between 20 and 22 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Los Angeles take between 19 and 21 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Perth via Sydney and Los Angeles, San Francisco or Dallas take between 25 and 27 hours depending on the stopovers.

Airlines that fly to Chicago

Airlines that offer cheap flights to Chicago from Australia include:

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