Chicago’s been attracting tourists since 1893’s World’s Fair, and while today’s Windy City still has a famous Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, there’s plenty more to see. A vibrant mix of cultural enclaves and gleaming skyscrapers, Chi-Town is home to renowned museums, trend-setting restaurants, major sports teams, green public spaces and stylish downtown Chicago hotels.
Start off your trip to Chicago by exploring its funnier side. Its comedy clubs have birthed some of today’s biggest stars, and its live music scene reaches its peak with the annual Pitchfork Music Festival, one of Chicago’s popular annual events. Practice your best jokes with improvisation classes at Second City, or if you’re not much of a center stage actor, check out comedy show tickets.
Discover that there’s more to the city than deep-dish pizza at the annual Taste of Chicago food festival. Roam the streets of popular Chicago neighborhoods for some of the city’s best dishes at hotspot restaurants. Head north of the Loop to Avondale for fried chicken at Honey Butter Fried Chicken, or visit the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood and chill out with some tacos at Big Star.
For sports enthusiasts, join locals as they cheer on their beloved Cubs at Wrigley Field. Can’t snag tickets to a game? Head to Cubby Bear Lounge across the street for all the action. For outdoor adventurers, there’s a wide variety of things to do outdoors in Chicago. The city is great for strolling, from the beautiful lakefront to the shops along Michigan Avenue. For kids, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Lincoln Park Zoo are just the beginning.
Book a Magnificent Mile hotel so you can stay close to all the action of downtown Chicago. End your visit to the city by heading up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building. Take in the views of the bustling downtown area and miles of coastline.
See what’s happening in the Windy City