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Plan Your Chicago Vacation

Chicago is a city with an appetite—for food, of course, but also for design, history, and culture. Come here to marvel at the cutting-edge architecture or take in the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan; to spend a day cheering with baseball fans and a night laughing at a comedy show; to shop, to visit renowned institutions like the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium, and to experience

the legendary blues scene. To do all this, you'll need nourishment: taste deep-dish pizza, piled-high hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and more.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Architecture The skyline dazzles with some of the country's most iconic buildings.
  2. Local Eats Cheap ethnic bites and gourmet chefs make Chicago a great food town.
  3. Art See everything from old masters at the Art Institute to outdoor sculptures in Millennium Park.
  4. Jazz and Blues Music venues are filled with both big-name legends and up-and-comers.
  5. Shopping Stop at designer shops on the Magnificent Mile or funky Wicker Park boutiques.
  6. Comedy Chicago improv venues are well-known training grounds for comedy superstars.

When To Go

When to Go

June, September, and October are mild and sunny. November through March the temperature ranges from crisp to bitter, April and May can fluctuate betw...

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