Chicago a breath of fresh air

THE city famed for its deep pan pizzas and glitter of skyscrapers is now more accessible to Aussie travellers thanks to Air New Zealand launching a new direct Auckland to Chicago route.

Following the introduction of the direct service, the Chicago Airport Authority, Air New Zealand and Choose Chicago recently collaborated on an event on Sydney in a bid to help raise the profile of the Windy City and to promote the many virtues the destination has to offer Aussie travellers.

“We’ve been in the Aussie market for a number of years and the market has been really active recently,” said Corey Marshall, the founder of Choose Chicago’s local representative Canuckiwi.

“The biggest comparison for Chicago is New York, we have almost as many international visitors with over 50 million so to make people more aware of us is about an education piece,” Marshall added.

Major drawcards for Chicago include its 22 Michelin-star restaurants, 56 museums, numerous architectural tours, and thrilling skyscraper walks.

Marshall believes more Aussies will take up the option to travel direct to Chicago partly because Chicago is a major hub for connecting to other North American destinations.

“You are going to see a lot more international take up because you’re on an international carrier, the service is an international standard, so then you can pop from there to the south and south east, you can move on to Canada — we’re going to see a lot more different itineraries created,” he said.