Welcome to the city that feels like home!
Come discover Chicago’s famed restaurants, renowned museums, stunning waterfront, groundbreaking music, award-winning theatres, over 300 parks and green spaces, iconic architecture designed by legendary architects — all within 77 vibrant, ethnically diverse neighborhoods that are the heart and soul of Chicago.
Chicago is a city with world-class culture —home to comedy star-maker The Second City; electrified blues; championship sports teams; one of the most inclusive LGBTQ+ communities in the country; one of the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art outside the Louvre, housed within the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the top five museums on the planet (TripAdvisor); the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world; the largest science and industry museum in the Western Hemisphere — and that’s just the beginning.
Chicago is home to Tony Award-winning theatres, and Paste Magazine praises Chicago theatre as “one of the most thriving theatre scenes on the planet.” Condé Nast Traveler calls Chicago the “best restaurant city in America.” Bon Appétit magazine agrees, saying Chicago is “America’s most exciting city to eat in right now.” Plus, with 25 Michelin-starred restaurants and dozens of Bib Gourmand recipients, you’re sure to find a spot for every budget and taste.
Big city culture isn’t the only thing you’ll find here. You’ll also enjoy outdoor escapes and urban adventure, with the stunning city skyline as your backdrop. Go kayaking along the award-winning Riverwalk or venture to the Chicago Architecture Center and board the top architecture cruise in Chicago. Cycle the 18-mile Lakefront Trail, dotted with harbors, beaches, restaurants and bars. Or spend the day at Navy Pier, one of the city’s top attractions and ALA’s Annual Conference & Expo venue!
Things to do
Virtual Tours & Digital Experiences
Chicago is home to awe-inspiring museums, iconic architecture, and world-famous sites — and you can explore them all from the comfort of your home. These digital resources allow you to experience Chicago in a new way, from virtual tours to digitized art collections.
Parks & Outdoors
Millennium Park is the green heart of Chicago. The lakefront park is home to iconic public art, outdoor concerts, skyline views, seasonal ice rinks, and more. The centerpiece of the park is Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”, one of Chicago’s most famous attractions. It’s also where you’ll find the soaring Pritzker Pavilion, home to the popular (and free!) summer movie series, the tranquil Lurie Garden, and so much more.
Garfield Park Conservatory
The Garfield Park Conservatory, often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” is one of the largest conservatories in the nation. The conservatory spans two acres of public greenhouse space and 10 acres of outdoor gardens, with a diverse collection of plants representing all different climates. Take a virtual tour of their gardens, including a digital color safari and an architecture-based tour.
The Morton Arboretum, located just outside Chicago in Lisle, is offering online resources for all ages. Find horticulture classes; virtual video walks; and educational offerings on tree care, ecology, climate change, and plant identification. These online webinars are designed for children and families, students and teachers, or just lifelong learners and home gardeners.
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