Please note that the following tips are generalizations and may not apply to every person you meet during your trip to Chicago.
Introductions: Generally, when greeting a fellow student you might say a phrase such as “Hello, how are you?” The response a student will generally answer with is, “I am good, thanks, how are you?” When meeting a professor or faculty for the first time, it would be respectful to say hello, tell them your name and what country you come from.
Handshakes: When greeting a person or saying goodbye, people often tend to extend a handshake. This is a sign of courtesy and is viewed as a kind gesture.
To avoid any confusion during an introduction, there are times you might want to extend your hand when greeting someone. Also, men and women are usually viewed as equals at school and in the workplace.
Things You Do Not Want to Miss:
You cannot leave Chicago without trying Chicago-style pizza. The Chicago-style “deep-dish” pizza was invented at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago in 1943. The pizza is unique because it is far from the roots of an original Italian pizza. It does not include ‘thin crusts’ or ‘delicate toppings,’ but rather it is made with a heavy, thick crust and large amounts of cheese, sauce and ingredients. In the 1940s, during WWII, this kind of pizza was very popular because it was more like a casserole that could feed several mouths for a low price, which was perfect for a war-time country.
The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s premier shopping expanse, which extends about a mile along north Michigan Avenue, from the Chicago River to Oak Street. The Magnificent Mile includes 460+ retail stores, an endless selection of dining establishments, and varied lodging and historic landmarks.
The Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot (1,010 m) long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. There are a number of attractions at the pier such as sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, a Ferris Wheel. There are also a number of seasonal festivals for holidays such as Halloween and Christmas. The pier also has fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer and Friday and Saturday nights during the fall.