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Discover Chicago


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
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.

Morton Arboretum
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.

Attractions and Entertainment:

  • 26 miles of lakefront with 25 beaches.
  • More than 8,800 acres of green space and 600 parks; the Chicago Park District is the largest municipal park manager in the nation.
  • Over 200 miles of bike lanes, 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths, and more than 13,000 bike racks and parking areas.
  • 580 Divvy bike share stations and 5,800 Divvy bikes across the Chicagoland area.
  • Art on theMART, the longest-running and largest permanent digital art installation in the world.
  • One of the largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings outside of Paris, housed at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • More than 500 public works of art displayed in over 150 municipal facilities around the city as part of the City of Chicago’s Public Art Program. These works include installations by Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Calder.
  • Approximately 60 museums, nearly 200 art galleries, and 20 neighborhood art centers.
  • More than 250 theatres, 225 music venues, and 200 dance companies.
  • More than 7,300 restaurants and 167 breweries in the Chicagoland area — the most breweries of any metropolitan area in the nation.
  • 369 landmarks and 59 historic districts
  • Seven free downtown and lakefront major music and dance festivals, more than 30 food festivals, over 400 neighborhood festivals, and more than 40 film festivals annually.
  • Nine downtown parades and 18 neighborhood parades annually.
    The starting point of “Historic Route 66” at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. FYI: The museum is housed in the only remaining building constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition’s “White City.” It was originally built as the exposition’s Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Máximo the Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur known to man, and SUE, the largest and most complete T.rex specimen in the country, at the Field Museum of Natural History.
  • The Chicago Cultural Center, built in 1897, which originated as the city’s first public library, and became the first free municipal cultural center in the United States. FYI: The Center is home to the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the country, and one of the few remaining free zoos in the U.S.
  • Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) is the second-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. FYI: Willis Tower held first place until the construction of New York’s One World Trade Center in 2014. Also, the Willis Tower elevators are among the fastest in the world, operating at speeds as fast as 1,600 feet per minute.
  • Wrigley Field (1914) is the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
  • Approximately 16 examples of Frank Lloyd Wright designs in the city of Chicago, and a further 25 in nearby Oak Park. FYI: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School of architecture originated in Chicago.
  • McCormick Place, the largest convention center in the Western Hemisphere.

Fun Facts Behind Top Attractions:

  • The “Historic Route 66” begins in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • McCormick Place, Chicago’s premier convention center, offers the largest amount of exhibition space in North America (2.6 million square feet).
  • The first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, Navy Pier is home to a 15-story Ferris wheel, modeled after the original one.
  • The Chicago Cultural Center is the first free municipal cultural center in the U.S. and home to the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome.
  • When it opened in 1991, the Harold Washington Library Center, with approximately 6.5 million books, was the world’s largest municipal library.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, one of only three major free zoos in the country, is one of the country’s oldest zoos with an estimated annual attendance of 3.5 million.
  • The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 110 stories high.
  • The Willis Tower elevators are among the fastest in the world operating as fast as 1,600 feet per minute.
  • Maria Callas made her U.S. debut at the Lyric Opera in 1954.
  • Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.

 Credit: Choose Chicago https://www.choosechicago.com

 

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