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About Chicago City

Visa Requirements

Time Zone

Power Supply

Environment

Tipping

Currency


About Chicago City

The City of Chicago, nick-named "The Windy City", covers an area of 600 km2 and sits 176 meters above sea level, on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. At 190 km wide and 495 km long, Lake Michigan is the 5th largest body of fresh water in the world. The city is traversed by the Chicago and Calumet rivers. Chicago's extensive parklands, including 30 km2 of city parks attract an estimated 86 million visitors annually. Chicago is a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its 77 distinct neighborhoods. Chicago is recognized across the United States as a very passionate sports town.

(Summarized from cityofchicago.org)


Time Zone

The local time zone is Central Time (GMT -6:00)


Environment

The average temperature in May is 10°C to 25°C over the course of the day, with a 33% chance of rain daily.
The average length of day in May is around 14.5 hours; sunrise at 5:30am, sunset at 8:05pm.
The average water temperature (lake) in May is 7°C.


Currency

Local currency in Chicago is the USD. Approximate exhange rates* for common currencies are listed below:

Currency

from 1.00 USD

to 1.00 USD

Euro 0.899 1.11
British Pound 0.792 1.26
Australian Dollar 1.32 0.758
Canadian Dollar 1.33 0.755
Japanese Yen 111.5 0.00897
Chinese RMB 6.83 0.146
Indian Rupee 64.6 0.0155

*Last updated June 2017


Visa Requirements

Citizens of countries other than Canada and those covered by the VWP (listed below) must obtain a Business Visitor Visa (B-1). Information on the B-1 visa can be found here (PDF, 362kB).

Citizens of Canada, holding a valid Canadian passport or Nexus card, are eligible to stay in the United States for 182 days over a 12 month period without a visa.

Citizens or nationals of the following countries* are eligible to travel to the United States for tourism, business, or in transit for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa under the Visa Waiver Program:

Andorra Hungary Norway
Australia Iceland Portugal
Austria Ireland San Marino
Belgium Italy Singapore
Brunei Japan Slovakia
Chile Latvia Slovenia
Czech Republic Liechtenstein South Korea
Denmark Lithuania Spain
Estonia Luxembourg Sweden
Finland Malta Switzerland
France Monaco Taiwan
Germany Netherlands United Kingdom
Greece New Zealand

*defined as per the Visa Waiver Program


A passport with a validity date at least six (6) months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States is required.

Please note that the above information is provided in good faith as a service to our foreign guests. Be advised that regulations may change and that the only authoritative source of information is the US Government website (linked below). It is the attendee's responsibility to verify this information with official resources.

Please visit travel.state.gov for full details on entry requirements to the USA.


Power Supply

The standard wall-outlet power supply in the USA supplies 120V AC at 60Hz. Type A and Type B outlets are universal throughout the USA (pictured below).


Tipping

Tipping is required for many services in Chicago. Please refer to the table below for quick reference.

Service

Recommended Tip

Waiter (Restaurant) 15-20%
Wine steward (Restaurant) $2-$3 (optional)
Taxi driver 15%
Bartender 15%
Bellhop (Hotel) $1/bag
Room clean-up (Hotel) $1-$2/day
Concierge (Hotel) $5-$10 (special service only)
Valet (Any venue) $1-$2 (upon car return)

(summarized from fodors.com)