Choose Chicago with United airlines – direct from Edinburgh

“My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of people too
People who smile at you…

Through these catchy, iconic songs – , “New York, New York” and “Chicago, is my kind of town”- Frank Sinatra became – and still is – an unwitting tourism ambassador to sell the American dream to international visitors.

united chicago to edin

You may have ticked the Big Apple off your travel bucket list so now it’s time to check out Chicago . For residents in Edinburgh – and around Scotland – there’s nothing to stop you now with a new direct flight with United Airlines jetting off to on 23 May, 2014.

United already flies year round from Edinburgh and Glasgow to New York, so this is a very exciting new venture to promote tourism in each direction, USA to and from Scotland, and for business travellers.  It’s all part of current major investment and expansion at Edinburgh Airport, the busiest in Scotland.

Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales – U.K. & Ireland, said:- “Having recently celebrated 15 years of operations in Scotland, we’re delighted to expand our schedule with seasonal non-stop service to Chicago. Homecoming 2014 and Ryder Cup at Gleneagles make it the ideal time to launch these flights, which will offer our customers an increased range of travel choices and opportunities.”

The service will operate five times weekly until 12 June and daily during the peak summer season between 13 June and 2 September; then four times weekly between 3 September and 6 October.

The flight timetable is very convenient. The Edinburgh-Chicago flight will depart at 10:25 am arriving at 1:00 pm. Depart Chicago at 6:00 pm arriving Edinburgh at 7:45 am. the following day.

United 757 - 200 aircraft

United 757 – 200 aircraft

United will operate a Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat beds in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy.

The BusinessFirst cabin is designed for the world traveller: priority check in, spacious comfortable seats /6’6” flat beds, superlative cuisine with fine wines, personal on demand entertainment (movies, music, games). The Economy cabin offers quality and comfort, complimentary meals and personal video screen. The Economy Plus seats are popular for the good value, extra legroom and space.

757 BusinessFirst cabin

757 BusinessFirst cabin

Chicago /O’Hare airport is a major US hub with onward connections to more than 125 destinations across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The airport has been voted the best in North America for thirteen consecutive years by readers of Global Traveler.
Last year on a Silversea cruise, I met several guests from Chicago – upfront, sociable, genuine, hard working, fun loving, friendly people. So I would love to see their kind of town.

So why Choose Chicago. ?

Chicago skyline on Lake Michigan

Chicago skyline on Lake

By all accounts it’s a cosmopolitan, cultural city, rich in history and heritage. Edinburgh and Chicago are like twin cities, both boasting classic architecture and inspiring arts Festivals – not forgetting cold winters! .

Edinburgh Festival Fringe  street theatre beside the National Gallery

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
street theatre beside the National Gallery

Across the Atlantic, the picturesque skyline of Chicago can easily compete with Manhattan, with its stunning buildings towering along the shores of Lake Michigan. What is unique are its miles of beaches and green open parkland for leisurely days and outdoor adventures.

Beach on the Lake

Beach on the Lake

This is gourmet city with the choice of eating and drinking for every taste and budget, famous for deep dish Pizza and Italian beef, and the eclectic, avant garde culinary hot pot of restaurants around West Loop.  Experience a lively nightlife of arts and entertainment- this is the home of Jazz and blues, speakeasy bars, Steppenwolf theatre and Broadway shows.

North Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, is one of the world’s best shopping destinations, rivaling 5th Ave, New York and Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Browse world class art galleries, science museums and the magnificently-designed Millennium Park. Sports fans will have a ball –  soccer and baseball, the Chicago Bears to the White Sox.

Millennium Park - Anish Kapoor & Gehry

Millennium Park – Anish Kapoor & Frank Gehry

Mix New York glitz and glamour with Mid-western hustle and hospitality and you get Chicago. A Big City with the heart of a small town. Chicago is described as a city of swagger. Cool, contemporary, creative, and a little bit crazy…

Aqua Tower

Aqua Tower

Time to book my United flight direct from Edinburgh to see my Silversea cruise friends … – a Star Alliance member
“Chicago is why I just grin like a clown –
It’s my kind of town…”

Chicago is one town,
that won’t let you down …”



About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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