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After your flight lands from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), you will want to rent a car to make the most of your trip. Chicago is a far-flung city, found along the shores of Lake Michigan, which boasts trendy areas such as Logan Square, Lincoln Park and Little Italy.
Chicago is also known for its architecturally diverse downtown, which is home to the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute.
The Logan Square neighborhood is considered one of Chicago's youngest and hippest areas with numerous quirky coffee shops, cafes and trendy bars dotting its streets. In Lincoln Park, you can visit the free Lincoln Park Zoo, or catch shows at the Steppenwolf Theatre, or at the Second City. Nature lovers can also enjoy Lake Michigan, found at North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park. Little Italy is home to the University of Illinois at Chicago and many of the city's finest Italian restaurants, such as RoSal’s.
The flight from Charlotte to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) takes about two hours. Driving in Chicago is relatively straightforward because the city is laid out like a grid. Major roads that run in the north-south direction include Michigan Avenue, LaSalle Drive, Interstate 90 and Lake Shore Drive. Major roads that run east-west are North Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Interstate 290 and Madison Street.