About Chicago. Though Chicago is deemed, The Second City, it is certainly second to none.With nationally acclaimed restaurants on every corner, world-class shopping, award-winning shows, renowned history and cultural museums, and even sandy beaches, Chicago has something to offer everyone.
Best of Chicago
Chicago offers four seasons of fun and festivals. A mix of global attractions and local charm make Chicago second to none, no wonder Chicago was ranked number one in number one rankings!
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Family Friendly Chicago
When it comes to year-round family fun, Chicago's museums, parks, views, and celebrations are second to none.
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Shop the Mile Package
Michigan Avenue is world famous for its fabulous shopping. To help jump-start your shopping excursion, we have put together a package filled with some Mag Mile essentials. Package includes:
- Overnight Stay
- $100 Gift Card to The Shops at North Bridge
- Two complimentary glasses of champagne at Rebar
See Our Award-Winning Skyline & Stellar Sights.
Chicago's skyline is beyond breathtaking. The 26 miles of lakefront, 18 miles of bike path and numerous beaches offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy the city's magnificent architecture and the beautiful blue water of Lake Michigan. Plus, more than 20 downtown Chicago hotels boast views of the lake or the Chicago River. Tours and attractions cover every inch of the city, so no matter your interest (from modern skyscrapers to historic churches to public art or hidden gardens) you can take your pick of sightseeing options.
Incredible views of the Chicago skyline.
Named Best Skyline in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure readers - take your sightseeing to new heights... literally. Stand out on the Ledge at Skydeck Chicago in Willis Tower and find yourself staring over 100 stories straight down. The John Hancock Observatory also offers expansive sights of the city and lake. And for the daring, grab your camera and go 150 feet up in the air on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier.
Festivals & EventsBegining in May and running through October, Chicago's streets and neighborhoods transform into weekend block parties and festivals!
View our Calendar of Events for nearby upcoming events in Chicago.
Known as the country's third coast, Chicago's 26-mile coast around Lake Michigan is a must for all guests to visit. Whether biking down the 19-mile bike path, visiting one of the 33 beaches, or simply taking a stroll by the water, guests will enjoy every moment in the largest Chicago park.
Wander Our World-Renowned Museums.
Chicago is home to more than 40 museums. In fact, the only thing we're missing is a museum of museums! Meet Sue, the largest, most complete T.rex ever discovered at The Field Museum. Dive into an aquatic spectacle starring beluga whales, dolphins, penguins and sea lions at the Shedd Aquarium. Lay eyes upon buried treasures of African-American artists at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Get swept away by a tornado or see what you will look like in 50 years at the Museum of Science and Industry. Surround yourself with the paintings, sculptures and prints from the stellar collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Play in Our Parks.
Some of the best places to enjoy Chicago's breathtaking green space are in the city's parks. Don't miss your chance for a prime photo op under the "Bean," officially named Cloud Gate, in Millennium Park. The downtown park also includes the Jay Pritzker Pavilion - a stunning outdoor concert venue designed by Frank Gehry - and Lurie Garden, a year-round, five-acre oasis. Nearby is the famous Museum Campus, plus Grant Park, home to the iconic Buckingham Fountain.
Chicago is a place where you can travel all around the world without leaving the city. Colorful Chicago neighborhoods await exploration, each with their own distinct cultures and histories.
Experience Top-Notch Theater.
With impressive organizations like Broadway in Chicago and the legendary comedy club The Second City, Chicago Theater takes center stage when it comes to show business. Plus, Chicago is the only city with five regional Tony Award®-winning theaters - Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Victory Gardens Theater.
With world-renowned museums, beautiful urban parks & beaches, and free year-round activities, Chicago is the perfect city for your next family vacation. Between outdoor concerts, art exhibits, theater performances and festivals your trip will never have a dull moment.
Whatever you decide to bring with you to Chicago, make sure an appetite is first on the list. Gourmet to casual, the Chicago dining scene satisfies the stomach and soul. For a true taste of the city, turn to deep-dish pizza at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Chicago, the Chicago-style hot dog at Hot Doug's or an Italian beef sandwich at Al's Beef. From Little Italy to Chinatown, you'll also find authentic ethnic eateries from across the globe. Looking to pamper your palate? T-bones and filets reign supreme at classic steak restaurants like Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse. Chicago is also one of only three U.S. cities to have its own Michelin Guide. Indulge your taste buds at one of 19 Michelin-rated fine dining restaurants or get a great deal at one of the 64 eateries on Michelin's 2013 Bib Gourmand list.
Walk down The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue and discover hundreds of stores and luxury lines, from Tiffany & Co. to Topshop, not to mention department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue. Or head to The Loop shopping district where you'll find bargain shops, retail chains and the 12-story Macy's on State Street, one of the largest department stores in the world. Plus, Chicago's neighborhoods, like Bucktown/Wicker Park and Lincoln Park, are filled with boutiques and cool vintage shops. If you love to shop, welcome to heaven as Chicago shopping spans all styles and budgets.
Music, Comedy & Nightlife
Between late night comedy shows, chicago lounges, dance clubs and dive bars, Chicago's after-hours nightlife will have you out to the early morning hours.
Sports and recreation are year-round activities here. Chicago is a serious sports town with its famous professional sports teams the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire and White Sox. In addition to catching a live game, you can head to one of the city's lively sports bars, where you can cheer for your hometown team with like-minded fans. And for the active visitor, the great outdoors beckons throughout the seasons: sledding and skating in winter to beach volleyball and bicycling in the warmer weather
Home to one of the largest LGBT communities and celebrations in the country, Chicago has received many accolades such as "City of the Year" in 2013 by GayCities.com & "Best Gay Neighborhood [Boystown] in the World" by Out Traveler Magazine.