Fodor’s Choice: Chicago

Chicago has been called many things over the years — the Second City, the Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, Gem of the Prairie, and so on. You might also call it Paradise. How else to describe a city where you can see some of the country’s greatest architecture, scarf gooey deep-dish pizza, hear a blues concert or an opera, thrill at the sight of a tank full of sharks, and cheer on a baseball team all in one day? And that’s just scratching the surface!

If Chicago is in your future, check out Fodor’s Choice Chicago, our editors’ picks of the best things to see and do, the coolest places to eat, and the best places in Chicago to hang your hat.

First-time visitors who want to know how to tame the beast should consult our Chicago Survival Guide, and if you’re a traveler who lives in mortal fear of sticker-shock, see 10 Free Things to Do.

Want to experience the city like a local. Try this fun walking tour from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan cuts across the Loop, the city’s historical heart and home to its greatest buildings and parks.