A local’s guide to Chicago: 10 top tips

The city’s bars and music scene are among the most vibrant in the US. And with Lake Michigan beaches to relax on and two new budget flights from the UK, now is the time to go

‘Everybody knows everybody’ – what the blues has given Chicago

Harmonica player Billy Branch, who’s played with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and BB King, hails the Windy City’s sense of community, its parks and its food

Chicago’s new high line is ‘more than an elevated park’

At 2.7 miles, Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail is more than twice the length of New York’s High Line, and as the final touches are made to it before its June opening, the city has been trumpeting its achievement

USA – 10 of the best cocktail bars in Chicago

Some of Chicago’s historic bars have been around since the prohibition era and retain an air of 1920s glamour, and even the newcomers doff their fedora to the speakeasy. All serve a mean cocktail

The world’s first skyscraper: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 9

Chicago’s Home Insurance Building may no longer be standing, but it utterly changed the way we design cities, in ways that were previously unthinkable

Quiz – Statues from cities around the world

Statues from cities around the world – the answers are below the final picture. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/may/30/travel-picture-quiz-statues-and-monuments