Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is the home of the blues and the truth of jazz, the heart of comedy and the idea of the skyscraper. Here, the age of railroads found its center, and airplanes followed s... more

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is the home of the blues and the truth of jazz, the heart of comedy and the idea of the skyscraper. Here, the age of railroads found its center, and airplanes followed suit. Butcher of hogs and believer in progress, it is one of the world's great cities, and yet the metropolitan luxuries of theater, shopping, and fine dining have barely put a dent in real Midwestern friendliness. It's a city with a swagger, but without the surliness or even the fake smiles found in other cities of its size.

Chicago's set of museums and cultural institutions are among the best in the world. Three of them are located within a short walk of each other in the Near South, on what is known as the Museum Campus, in a beautiful spot along the lake: the Adler Planetarium, with all sorts of cool hands-on space exhibits and astronomy shows; the Field Museum of Natural History, which features SUE, the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, and a plethora of Egyptian treasures; and the Shedd Aquarium, with dolphins, whales, sharks, and the best collection of marine life east of California. A short distance away, in Hyde Park, is the most fun of them all, the Museum of Science and Industry — or, as generations of Chicago-area grammar school students know it, the best field trip ever.

Chicago is not known as a beach destination, but Lake Michigan is the largest freshwater lake located entirely within the United States, and Chicagoans flock to its sandy shores. Anyone can show up and swim — there are no admission fees, miles of beaches are within walking distance of the Red Line, and almost none of the lakefront is spoiled by "private" beaches. Despite the latitude, the water is quite warm in the summer and early fall .

Where there are beaches, there are lakefront parks. During the summer months, the parks are a destination for organized and impromptu volleyball and soccer games, chess matches, and plenty more, with tennis and basketball courts dotted along the way.

Places near Chicago

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Signature Room at the 95th is located atop the John Hancock center in downtown Chicago. We are a fine dining restaurant offering gourmet cuisines, premium cocktails and intimate atmosphere with a dazzling skyline view.

Moe’s Cantina offers a menu of sharable small plates, traditional full-sized entrees, signature desserts and a cocktail list featuring housemade sangria, handmade margaritas, premium tequilas, and more.  Both locations feature exposed brick walls, c...

A French awakening is happening in River North. Internationally-acclaimed French Chef Joho and RJ and Jerrod Melman have teamed up to introduce the highly-anticipated Paris Club in Chicago’s popular River North neighborhood. The trio has set out wit...

Tacos, Whiskey, Hillbilly Music...sounds like Heaven.

Howl at the Moon Chicago is rocking the River North neighborhood! Our high-energy dueling pianos and amazing events make us the coolest spot for Chicago nightlife! From company outings to happy hour with friends to bachelorette parties in Chicago, t...

Smart Bar began in 1982 as a way to bring new and exciting dance music and DJs to Chicago. Since then, Smart Bar has accomplished this goal repeatedly and established itself as one of the country's premier cutting edge nightclubs. 

MANA is a globally inspired, meatless restaurant in Wicker Park Chicago. We focus on seasonal ingredient and ethnic flavors

Old School Diner & Delicatessen.....We serve breakfast ALL day, Roll our Own Matzoballs, Serious Bloody Marys, and a Corned Beef Sandwich to-die-for

Opart Thai House Restaurant has been serving the Chicago area for many years. Providing the Chicago land area with great traditional Thai cuisine at two different locations. With an extensive menu of many different kinds of dishes. It will definitel...

  Feast is a neighborhood restaurant in Wicker Park/Bucktown offering upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. We're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In winter, enjoy our hearty, seasonal favorites. In summertime, soak up the sun in our beaut...

South Branch Tavern and Grille offers full views of the river and city skyline in a beautiful, lush atmosphere complimented by savory and distinctive, yet refined American fare.

Experience the romance of France in Chicago. The taste and feel of Paris is right here in the Gold Coast, one of Chicago's oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods.

For Chicago's finest seafood restaurant, come to Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House. Located in downtown Chicago.

Le Colonial is Chicago's noted up-scale French-Vietnamese restaurant which vividly recaptures the beauty, romance and spirit of French colonial Southeast Asia from the 1920s.

Conveniently neighboring The James, JBar lounge is a perfect destination whether you’re starting your night off or ending it. Anchoring the south end of Rush Street’s nightlife, JBar offers innovative signature cocktails in an intimate and stylish e...

  The little bar with big ideas in the shadow of the Western Avenue overpass. We're open late.  

Things do to in Chicago

Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium. Have you ever gotten eye-to-eye with a dolphin? Or met a penguin on a stroll to the South Pole? Or immersed yourself in an Amazon flooded forest? At Shedd, it's al...

House of Blues Chicago opened in 1996 and is located in the historic Marina City complex on the Chicago River. Modeled after the spectacular "Estavovski" Opera House in Prague, the spectacular views from the exclusive Opera Boxes are a unique and un...

The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisio...

Our breathtaking 360° views stretch across 4 states –Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois– including stunning views of Lake Michigan and a beautiful night cityscape.

Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new ki...

The Adler Planetarium — America's First Planetarium — was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world's most important antique astron...

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady is a “must” for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing ...

Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who visit the zoo to hear a lion’s roar echo ...

The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world's diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession's highe...

Chicago Food Tour

www.chicagofoodplanet.com - Escorted or Guided Tour

Our 3-hour food tasting and cultural walking Chicago tours combine delicious food and drink tastings with some serious fun in Chicago’s most delicious, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, you’ll experie...

Chicago Nightlife

Signature Room at the 95th is located atop the John Hancock center in downtown Chicago. We are a fine dining restaurant offering gourmet cuisines, premium cocktails and intimate atmosphere with a dazzling skyline view.

Moe’s Cantina offers a menu of sharable small plates, traditional full-sized entrees, signature desserts and a cocktail list featuring housemade sangria, handmade margaritas, premium tequilas, and more.  Both locations feature exposed brick walls, c...

A French awakening is happening in River North. Internationally-acclaimed French Chef Joho and RJ and Jerrod Melman have teamed up to introduce the highly-anticipated Paris Club in Chicago’s popular River North neighborhood. The trio has set out wit...

Tacos, Whiskey, Hillbilly Music...sounds like Heaven.

Howl at the Moon Chicago is rocking the River North neighborhood! Our high-energy dueling pianos and amazing events make us the coolest spot for Chicago nightlife! From company outings to happy hour with friends to bachelorette parties in Chicago, t...

Smart Bar began in 1982 as a way to bring new and exciting dance music and DJs to Chicago. Since then, Smart Bar has accomplished this goal repeatedly and established itself as one of the country's premier cutting edge nightclubs. 

Conveniently neighboring The James, JBar lounge is a perfect destination whether you’re starting your night off or ending it. Anchoring the south end of Rush Street’s nightlife, JBar offers innovative signature cocktails in an intimate and stylish e...

  The little bar with big ideas in the shadow of the Western Avenue overpass. We're open late.  

House of Blues Chicago opened in 1996 and is located in the historic Marina City complex on the Chicago River. Modeled after the spectacular "Estavovski" Opera House in Prague, the spectacular views from the exclusive Opera Boxes are a unique and un...

The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisio...

Chicago Dining

MANA is a globally inspired, meatless restaurant in Wicker Park Chicago. We focus on seasonal ingredient and ethnic flavors

Old School Diner & Delicatessen.....We serve breakfast ALL day, Roll our Own Matzoballs, Serious Bloody Marys, and a Corned Beef Sandwich to-die-for

Opart Thai House Restaurant has been serving the Chicago area for many years. Providing the Chicago land area with great traditional Thai cuisine at two different locations. With an extensive menu of many different kinds of dishes. It will definitel...

  Feast is a neighborhood restaurant in Wicker Park/Bucktown offering upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. We're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In winter, enjoy our hearty, seasonal favorites. In summertime, soak up the sun in our beaut...

South Branch Tavern and Grille offers full views of the river and city skyline in a beautiful, lush atmosphere complimented by savory and distinctive, yet refined American fare.

Experience the romance of France in Chicago. The taste and feel of Paris is right here in the Gold Coast, one of Chicago's oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods.

For Chicago's finest seafood restaurant, come to Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House. Located in downtown Chicago.

Le Colonial is Chicago's noted up-scale French-Vietnamese restaurant which vividly recaptures the beauty, romance and spirit of French colonial Southeast Asia from the 1920s.