High notes ... Buddy Guy performs in Chicago.

A town that can't shake the blues

Kevin Rushby feared he'd be served 'tourist blues' in Chicago, but finds the legendary music scene, and guitarist Buddy Guy, alive and authentic as ever.

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Wow factor ... Navy Pier and the city's soaring skyline.

24 hours in Chicago

Late-night jazz, deep-dish pizza and one of the world's great art museums charm Alan Mascarenhas in America's midwest.

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Your questions

How long in advance can you book international flights? I would like to take advantage of low fares.

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All aboard ... a scene from The Darjeeling Limited.

Romance of rail in a starring role

Trains and railways have provided the backdrop to many great movies. Jon Bryant remembers some classic scenes to get film buffs off the couch and on the tracks.

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US President Barack Obama laughs.

Obama's old town

Tom Neal Tacker strolls through the President's Chicago neighbourhood.

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