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Want to learn more about Chicago? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Galleries in Chicago's River North

River North is the granddaddy of Chicago's gallery districts, a more established and refined neighborhood of art-centric businesses than other...

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Chicago Today

A century ago, poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago "stormy, husky, brawling/city of the Big Shoulders" in an eponymous poem that still echoes...

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A Walking Tour of Chicago's Architecture

The Great Fire of 1871 could have been the death of Chicago, but instead it proved to be a grand rebirth. Renowned architects treated the decimated...

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A Chicago Lakefront Bike Ride

There are few better ways to fall instantly in love with Chicago than by touring its lakefront path. You could do it on foot or by rollerblade...

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Enjoy the Lake

San Diego and Los Angeles may have the ocean, and New York its Central Park, but Chicago has the peaceful waters of Lake Michigan at its doorstep...

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Top Reasons to Go to Chicago

Architecture: The skyline dazzles with some of the country's most iconic buildings. Local Eats: Cheap ethnic bites and gourmet chefs make...

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Unpacking Crate&Barrel

Gordon and Carole Segal saw a void in the Chicago retail market in 1962, and they set out to fill it by opening the first Crate&Barrel store...

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Chicago Conventions

Travelers to Chicago take note: more than 1,000 conventions and trade shows are scheduled throughout the year. The National Restaurant Association...

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A Walking Tour of Chicago's Public Art

Chicago's museums house some of the most famous art anywhere, but don't forget the city's great outdoors. Some of the most impressive art here...

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Clark Street Pub Crawl

Once a Native American trail, Clark Street is one of Chicago's major arteries, running roughly 12 miles from Chinatown on the South Side to...

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Tour Alternatives

Hop on a Shoreline water taxi and cruise down the river or on the lake. You won't get running narration, but it's not crowded and it’s affordable...

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Chicago Like a Local

So you've done the Art Institute and the Willis (Sears) Tower—now it's time to put away your tourist hat and make like a local. Luckily, it...

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Skydeck Chicago at Willis (Sears) Tower

Take the ear-popping ride to the 103rd-floor observatory, where on a clear day you can see as far as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. At the...

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Free Things to Do in Chicago

It's easy to spend money in Chicago, what with shopping, museum-entrance fees, restaurants, and theater, but if you'd like to put your wallet...

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The Early Days

Before Chicago was officially "discovered" by the team of Father Jacques Marquette, a French missionary, and Louis Jolliet, a French-Canadian...

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Fabulous Chicago Festivals

Chicago festivals range from local neighborhood get-togethers to citywide extravaganzas. Try to catch a neighborhood street fair for some great...

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Chicago with Kids

Chicago sometimes seems to have been designed with kids in mind. There are many places to play and things to do, from building sand castles...

Restaurants

How to Eat Like a Local

Many travelers head to Chicago with an epicurean checklist in mind, a must-eat of Chicago foodstuff. The truth of course is that it's impossible...

Hotels

Dining and Lodging in Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago is, famously, a city of neighborhoods. Chicagoans like to define themselves by where they hang their hat, with attendant pride, snobbery...

Hotels

Apartment Rentals

For your trip to Chicago, you may want a little more space than a hotel room provides. If you decide to book online, beware that apartment rental...

Sights

World's Columbian Exposition

In 1893 the city of Chicago hosted the World's Columbian Exposition. The fair's mix of green spaces and Beaux Arts buildings offered the vision...

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Bronzeville Neighborhood Guide

Bronzeville lies between Douglas Boulevard (Cottage Grove Avenue) and Grand Boulevard (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive). History buffs can honor...

Sports & Activities

Pro Sports in Chicago

You can't talk about Chicago for long without hearing the name of at least one of its storied sports legends: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen...

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