The downtown Chicago skyline provides the backdrop for Grant Park's Buckingham Fountain
With a truly unique mix of global attractions and local charm, Chicago has it all.
It’s an urban playground where you’ll find world-class accommodation, incredible arts and culture, shopping, dining and nightlife. With such a variety of things to see and do, there’s something for everyone.
Sightseeing options range from Chicago icons – such as Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate, Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain and Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel – to fascinating history and architecture tours. With several of the world’s tallest buildings located here, Chicago is a showcase for modern masterpieces and historic landmarks by America’s greatest architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan.
Chicago is renowned for its cultural offerings with more than 40 museums and a dedicated Museum Campus, home to The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Don't miss the Art Institute of Chicago, which contains 300,000 works in its permanent collection, and Museum of Science and Industry, the largest in the Western Hemisphere.
As the only U.S. city with five regional Tony Award-winning theaters (Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre), Chicago’s theater scene takes center stage. Between the Downtown Theater District, Broadway in Chicago and local storefront productions in nearly every neighborhood, you can catch shows at over 200 theaters in the city, in addition to enjoying performances from esteemed companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Chicago’s culinary scene is filled with star chefs, unique ethnic eateries and award-winning fine dining restaurants known around the world. Just as famous is the Chicago-style hot dog and deep dish pizza. As a top food destination, the city boasts 7,300 restaurants in every budget and cuisine, in addition to annual food festivals Taste of Chicago and Chicago Gourmet.
From massive department stores to neighborhood boutiques, Chicago is a shopper’s paradise. Not to be missed is Michigan Avenue’s eight-block stretch, The Magnificent Mile, with over 160 stores showcasing major fashion labels and brand names.
Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical – you’ll find every genre at live music clubs and outdoor events like Millennium Park concerts, Lollapalooza and the Chicago Blues Festival. For nightlife, head to the many cocktail lounges, sports bars or dance clubs that dot the entertainment landscape. Or get tickets to legendary comedy club The Second City.
And that’s just the beginning: Chicago’s calendar is packed with local street festivals, holiday celebrations and special events year-round.
The best of America is right here and the multicultural mix is a reflection of the world — 2.7 million people call Chicago home, and our 77 distinct neighborhoods represent over 100 countries. In these neighborhoods is where the incredible diversity of the city is most evident, and where adventure awaits around every corner.
It’s a one-of-a-kind destination, and you just won’t find a friendlier, more exciting big city than Chicago.