Chicago is known as the Windy City.
Chicago has 29 miles of lakefront paths. This makes Chicago one of the world's most walkable cities. Chicago is known to be a friendly city full of activities, parks, architecture and history. No matter what your interests are, you can be sure that you will love Chicago.
There are many things always going on in Chicago. That is why we recommend a visit to the Chicago Cultural Center. This center is Chicago's Architectural Showplace for the Lively and Visual Arts and Chicago's official Visitor Center.
Chicago is a city where you can walk almost anywhere, but there are also many means of transportation to use. Chicago's downtown pedestrian walkway system of underground tunnels and overhead bridges links 40-plus blocks in the heart of the city. The Pedway is a convenient way to travel Chicago's Central Business District and to connect to public and private buildings and CTA stations.
Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) provides great means of transportation for both Chicago residents and visitors. Convenient and easy-to-use bus and elevated / subway train lines, the famous "L", will transport you all over the city and to major attractions.
Besides being able to take a taxi, rent a car or limousine in Chicago; during the summer and warm weather months you can also ride a water taxi along the Chicago River or lakeshore. During your boat ride you can enjoy a relaxing ride while you enjoy the beautiful Chicago views.
Chicago is very accommodating city for bikers and cyclists. Chicago was voted the best bicycling city in the US. The Chicago Department of Transportation's Bike Program provides comprehensive information about city biking including maps, parking, and more.
Chicago Tours & Attractions
One of Chicago's best known attractions is the Lincoln Park zoo. Here you can find more than 1,000 animals.
Chicago has many great attractions that visitors and residents can enjoy. One of Chicago's attractions is the Navy Pier. The Navy Pier and boardwalk is filled with many restaurants and shops and also it has a 150-foot Ferris wheel. Another great place to visit in Chicago is the Millennium Park with its great design and architecture.
During your visit to Chicago you can enjoy a guided tour. You can either tour on foot or on a boat in the Chicago River. Another great place to visit is the Skydeck Chicago on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower.
Some other great places to visit in Chicago are: medieval Times, Legoland, Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze and Discovery Center. All of the locations are located in Schaumburg.
Chicago was recently named best bicycling city in the US. All over Chicago you will find lakefront neighborhoods, parks and more that bikers of all ages can enjoy.
In Chicago you will find great and amazing museums. In Chicago's Museum Campus you will find The Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium and the Astronomy Museum and the Shedd Aquarium.
The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is located in Chicago: The Museum of Science and Industry. This museum offers over 800 interactive exhibits including submarines, a coal mine, an airplane, and much more.
The Art Institute of Chicago is among Chicago is a world-class art institution. In the Art Institute of Chicago permanent collections you can find paintings, drawings, photography and textiles. The Art Institute of Chicago includes the largest compilation of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works outside the Louvre.
You can also visit in Chicago the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park to learn about the environment we live in, the creatures that live among us and urban nature.
Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography is the only museum in the Midwest committed exclusively to photography. You can find Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography installations at City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower.
Chicago Children's Museumis a must-see for families with kids.
Chicago has great restaurants and it is considered as a city where you can have a top culinary experience. You can find many food tours that will take you around Chicago's most representative restaurants. All over Chicago you can find 77 neighborhoods filled with great and diverse restaurants for you to enjoy.
Two Chicago classics that every visitor and resident should enjoy are pizza and hot dogs. Also you can find any style of food in Chicago, whether it is Italian, Latin, Asian, American, French, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Mediterranean, German, Polish, or just something simple you can be assured that you will find it in Chicago.
In Chicago you can find world-class department stores, every kind of boutique, specialty shops, and discount shopping. Chicago's shopping experience is something that you will not forget.
The Magnificent Mile is a very important shopping destination in Chicago. Chicago's Magnificent Mile stretches over 8 blocks and has over 460 stores.
Some of the best shopping areas to visit in Chicago are: Lincoln Park, Armitage Avenue and Wicker Park-Bucktown.
Chicago is the official home of blues. You can visit a great variety of piano bars, lounges and great venues to enjoy live jazz performances in the best atmosphere. But if you prefer something more classical the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago offer visitors and residents an outstanding musical experience.
During summer in Chicago; you can enjoy Millennium Park's astounding Jay Pritzker Pavilion. During the summer months there are many performances in the Grant Park Music Festival. Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival US's only free outdoor classical music series.
Chicago is also famous for comedy. Chicago is home to the famous Modern improv, with comedy venues like The Second City and Comedy Sportz.
Chicago has a vibrant theater scene. Chicago has great theaters where you can find performances from local and traveling companies. In Chicago you can enjoy from small theaters to great classical theaters.
In Chicago's Landmark Loop you can find Chicago's Downtown Theater District. Here you can find the Cadillac Palace Theater, Goodman Theater, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, Bank of America Theatre and Auditorium Theatre. In Chicago you can find along world productions, many Broadway productions as part of the Broadway in Chicago program.
Amongst Chicago jewels is the Goodman Theater. This theater has earned a Special Tony award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.