Chicago: Places to Explore


  • Chicago Outskirts

    Chicago's suburbs aren't just for commuters. The towns that lie to the north, west, and south of the city are rich in history, culture, museums, and outdoor activities. Add a day or two to your itinerary... Read more

  • Hyde Park

    Hyde Park Hyde Park is something of a trek from downtown Chicago, but it's worth the extra effort. The community is rich in academic and cultural life, and it is also considered one of the country's most... Read more

  • Lakeview and the Far North Side

    Lakeview and the Far North Side Running north in a rough row that runs parallel and close to the lake, the primarily residential neighborhoods in Lakeview and the Far North Side aren't the place for major... Read more

  • Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, and Bucktown

    Lincoln Park, Bucktown, and Wicker Park In 1864 Lincoln Park—the park, which extends from North Avenue to Foster Avenue—became the city's first public playground. Its zoo is legendary. The area adjacent... Read more

  • The Loop, Including West Loop and South Loop

    Defined by the El (the elevated train that makes a circuit around the area), the Loop is Chicago at its big-city best. Noisy and mesmerizing, it’s a living architectural museum alongside shimmering Lake... Read more

  • Near North and River North

    With River North’s art galleries and shopping, the Magnificent Mile, the Gold Coast, and upscale dining options, Near North holds some of the city's greatest attractions. Navy Pier and the Chicago Children's... Read more

  • Pilsen, Little Italy, and Chinatown

    Pilsen, Little Italy, and Chinatown A jumble of ethnic neighborhoods stretches west of the Loop and from the south branch of the Chicago River to the Eisenhower Expressway (I–290). Once home to myriad... Read more


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