on 27 December 2012
You need to read this book in advance of a trip to Chicago as it's not easily used at-a-glance. It is incredibly detailed and well organised. I was able to read about the interesting landmarks and architecture, including their history and context. However, once I was in Chicago and if I quickly wanted practical information about a landmark's location, opening times and prices, I couldn't find it quickly and it was heavy to carry around.
So, if you want a handy guide to use on foot, choose something else. For detailed and comprehensive information with time to read, you can't beat it. Personally I also found the 3D map of each area difficult to follow and abandoned the in favour of a standard, separate map.
on 5 November 2012
Great guide, with lots of photos, diagrams and great explanations! Learned a lot about the city. You have everything you need in it: maps, directions... Went to Chicago this year (short trip though) so now, I'm prepared for my next trip!
on 3 July 2013
We always use these guides, and now with added laminated pull-out map, even more useful. If not used before, it is essential to spend time 'learning' how to get the most out of these guides, as they can be a little confusing, but excellent when used properly.