Chicago beckons with CAL

Cayman Airways’ non-stop flight to the birthplace of air travel allows you to explore the ‘Windy City’ of Chicago.

A press release from CAL explains that Chicago, Illinois is the home of the world’s largest free public zoo – ‘Lincoln Park’, the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere – ‘Adler Planetarium’ and the first First Lady to be elected to the U.S. Senate – ‘Hillary Rodham Clinton’.

‘Whether you’re a passionate preservationist, culinary connoisseur, sports supporter or bargain (or big budget) shopper, Chicago has much to offer you,’ it reads.

During Cayman Airways’ summer schedule, round-trip flights operate northbound on Saturdays and southbound on Sundays, giving visitors enough time to savour the flavour of Chicago.

The schedule is as follows: Grand Cayman – Chicago: Flight KX504 departs 3.45pm, arrives 7.40pm Saturday;

Chicago – Grand Cayman: Flight KX505 departs 8.30am, arrives 12.25pm Sunday.

‘Last-minute’ vacation travel to Chicago before September 4 is available for as low as $299* from Grand Cayman. For travel from Cayman Brac or Little Cayman add only $50 more to this great low fare, says the release.

Flights will operate until September 5, to be reinstated on November 19.

Chicago prides the many world records held within the city limits. At the Chicago Oceanarium, the world’s largest indoor marine mammal exhibit can be found. The evenings in Grant Park are given a touch of splendor as the world’s largest illuminating fountain, Buckingham Fountain bursts with glowing colour, the CAL release says.

‘Chicago’s list of superlatives exceeds 15 of the world’s longest, highest and largest buildings, but the boasting does not end there. Chicago is also the home to many firsts including the steel-framed skyscraper in 1885, car race in 1895 and controlled atomic reaction in 1942.

‘Chicago, having nearly 27,000 hotel rooms, over 7,000 restaurants, more than 4,600 landmark properties and some 200 live theatres, it is no wonder that the Midwest city warmly welcomes over 30 million visitors every year

‘When you visit Chicago this summer, be sure to check out the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, one of Chicago’s most popular landmarks. The Water Tower presents exhibitions of Chicago-themed photographs by Chicago photographers.’

The New Maxwell Street Market is a family affair. Moms, dads, kids and grandparents enjoy a saunter in the market, hunting for bargains.

The Lincoln Park Observatory is located next to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Grant Park – Chicago’s largest. This horticultural collection, including a 50 foot tall fiddle leaf rubber tree dating from 1891, expands into four greenhouses and is a must see for everyone

Just a few minutes outside the city of Chicago, in Schaumburg, IL sits Woodfield Mall. It is the biggest shopping center in all of the Chicagoland area. Once the world’s largest shopping center, over 26 million people visit Woodfield each year for the fun, food and fashion. With many of the finest stores, restaurants and service facilities, you can be sure you’ll find exactly what you are looking for at Woodfield, says the release.

Sports fans have seven major sports teams to cheer for – Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, Wolves, Bears and Fire.

Television fans may be able to survey the places where some of the most famous movies and television shows were filmed such as ‘How the West was Won’, ‘When Harry met Sally’, ‘Hill Street Blues’, ‘Chicago Hope’, ‘Home Alone I, II and III’ and more recently ‘Ocean’s 11’ and ‘Ocean’s 12’.

The Museum Campus of Chicago is a scenic 57-acre lakefront park that connects three of Chicago’s world-class institutions – the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Field Museum and the John G. Shedd Aquarium providing all who visit a fun, fascinating and educational experience.

Chicago has a kaleidoscope of things to do no matter your age, no matter your taste, no matter your style.

*Price is round-trip airfare only (does not include applicable taxes and surcharges). Some rules and restrictions apply – More information available upon reservation and ticketing.

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