Sometimes it is dismissed as being less lively and more formal than New York, but this is unfair! The USA's third largest metropolis, and economic and cultural capital of the Midwest, Chicago is not to be missed. Its art of living is as rich and varied as its neighbourhoods. Alongside architectural gems and famous skyscrapers, many of its eclectic museums are outstanding. Chicago, which stacks up the superlatives, truly encapsulates the essence of America.