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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 city... Read more

  • Top Chicago Attractions

    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 top,... Read more

  • 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 Chicago a... Read more

  • Tours of Chicago

    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... Read more

  • 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's not... Read more

  • 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 away... Read more

  • 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 at... Read more

  • Fabulous Chicago Festivals

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

  • Chicago History

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

  • 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, Walter... Read more

  • 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 is... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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 the... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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, but... Read more

  • Experience Lake Michigan

    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.... Read more

  • 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 to... Read more

  • Bronzeville Neighborhood Guide

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

  • 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 of... Read more

  • Chicago Conventions

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

  • 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, or... Read more

  • Lodging Alternatives

    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... Read more

  • 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 in an... Read more


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