by Robert McHenry, chairman and CEO of Oxford Psychology Press (OPP)
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

HOW TO GET THERE - I fly Club with BA - there are three direct flights from London daily. Other airlines also fly direct from London.

AIRPORT TO TOWN - Take the Blue line 'El' (elevated train) from O'Hare airport, which reaches the centre in 30 minutes for just $1.50. A taxi costs $35, or $45 in busy periods.

BEST HOTEL - I stay at the Chicago Intercontinental 1 (505 North Michigan Avenue, (, +1 312 944 4100) in the town centre. It's well positioned for meetings and has fantastic views. I don't usually like hotel chains, but this is excellent.

BEST ROOM - Suites at the Intercontinental have conference rooms - useful for hosting business meetings.

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANT - The bustling Nick's Fishmarket and Grill 2 (51 South Clark Street) and the Italian Village 3 (71 West Monroe Street, +332 7005) offer quick meals for the power lunch crowd, and upmarket evening dining.

BEST BARS - Whiskey Blue 4 in the Loop district (inside W Hotel, 172 West Adams Street) is owned by Cindy Crawford's husband. Whiskey Sky 5 is in Chicago's other W Hotel (644 Lake Shore Drive) and has stunning views of Lake Michigan. Convivial and less expensive is Monk's Pub 6 (205 West Lake Street), where you can throw your peanut shells on the floor and get a sense of 'old Chicago'.

THREE HOURS TO KILL - In the late 1800s the great fire destroyed Chicago's downtown area, leading to massive rebuilding. There are now riverboat tours through the centre providing historical and architectural details.

Shoreline Sightseeing ( runs architecture cruises from Navy Pier 7. Oak Park 8 was the home of Frank Lloyd Wright and includes many of his buildings. Chicago's Field Museum 9 (1,400 South Lake Shore Drive) and the Chicago Art Institute 10 (11 South Michigan Avenue) house astounding collections.

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE - Although Chicago is a city of great wealth, the business environment is fairly relaxed. Few work beyond 5 or 5.30pm, so avoid scheduling meetings that finish any later. Don't be surprised if your dinner guest or host wears a suit and tie.

BUSINESS EXPENSES - Tipping is roughly 15%-20%. Excessive tipping has become common for good service.

HIDDEN GEMS - Chicago has some strong ethnic enclaves: Polish, Ukrainian, Indian and Greek neighbourhoods offer authentic cuisine. A not-so-hidden gem is Wrigley Field 11 in the Lincoln Park neighbourhood, the charming, low-budget home of Chicago's famously cursed Chicago Cubs baseball team.

SECRETS OF THE JET SET - Since September 11, you need your passport to enter some office buildings. Going up the Sears Tower last year, I had to change lifts three times - and my passport was checked every time. If you're returning a hire car to O'Hare, allow extra time as the car rental offices are right at the end of the connecting bus service.

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