Chicago, IL
Chicago skyline, viewed from John Hancock Center

Welcome To Chicago

Chicago is a huge city that's well known for house music, blues, jazz, comedy, shopping, dining, architecture, and fine cultural attractions. As the hub of the Midwest, Chicago is easy to find — its picturesque skyline calls across the waters of huge freshwater Lake Michigan, an impressive sight that soon reveals world-class museums of art and science, miles of sandy beaches, huge parks, public art, and perhaps the finest downtown collection of architecture in the world. With a wealth of iconic sights and neighborhoods to explore, there's enough to fill a visit of weeks or even months without ever seeing the end. Prepare to cover a lot of ground: the meaning of Chicago is only found in movement, through its subways and archaic elevated tracks, and eyes raised to the sky. What makes Chicago the best city in the Midwest is not only the diversity of each of the communal neighborhoods, but also its beautiful waterfront location bustling with cultural dining, exhilarating nightlife, and authentic historical architecture and atmosphere.

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Chicago hosts dozens of famous annual events each year. From Lollapaloooza to Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, to their beloved historical sporting teams and events, Chicago holds a reputation for tourists and locals never missing out on an entertaining waterfront experience. Search for top events in Chicago

Districts of Chicago:

Albany Park - Being one of Chicago’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods, Albany is known for loads of parks, locally-owned family restaurants, and travelers looking for a good all around cultural experience. “Seoul Road” brings the best Korean culture, and favorites among locals also include Lawrence Fish Market and Great Sea Chinese restaurant.

Ashburn - A more green, peaceful, and quiet area, Ashburn offers not many exciting nights out, but has some cool local food hotspots such as Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria and Farmhouse Chicken Strips.

Avondale - Avondale’s Polish heritage populates most of Avondale’s neighborhood with Polish delis and other local businesses. Check out Staropolska Restaurant, Outdoor Grill, or Kuma’s Corner for a belt busting meal. Another place to check out is Hot Doug - having been featured on Anthony Bourdain, it is one of the hottest spots to grab the best sausage in the city.

Beverly - Expressed as one of the most elite parts of Chicago, some say it does not even look apart of the industrial brick and mortar schema that Chicago is so known for. Its hilly lush green landscapes are not only what Beverly offers, but some awesome local bars and food such as Horse Theif Hollow, Top Notch Beef Burgers, and Original Rainbow Cone.

Bridgeport - Irish-Americans are plentiful over in this part of town along with beautiful old architecture mixed with new developments, and of course the White Sox.

Brighton Park & McKinley Park - These two neighborhoods offer so much more than it’s diversity, but also a quiet area close to all the bustle of downtown. It has some of the most authentic Mexican food in the entire city as well!

Edgewater - Edgewater is home to a large LGBTQ community as well as an exciting art scene, and popular dining and nightlife hotspots. Its beaches are a great destination for locals and travelers wanting to get away from the crowds of those closer to downtown.

Hyde Park - Being home to University of Chicago, the student population here makes a college town experience. Hyde Park does also contain some tremendously good pizza joints, bookstores, and cafes. Also be sure to check out the Museum of Science and Industry and Promontory Point for a marvelous view of downtown.

Irving Park - One of the smaller neighborhoods of the city, Irving Park definitely holds its peace and quiet disposition but still has quick access to more lively neighborhoods. The Old Irving Park Historic District is known for its gorgeous homes and small local food spots such as Smoque BBQ and Sabatino’s, a beloved Italian favorite.

Lincoln Park - Lincoln Park still holds true to true Chicago architecture with keeping the iconic brownstone buildings Chicago is notorious for. It is a fantastic neighborhood for outdoor activities and well known for the eponymous park, which provides a cool view of the lakefront, the world famous Lincoln Park Zoo, and a conservatory for awesome outdoor fun.

Lincoln Square - Being more of a quaint suburban pocket neighborhood among a large city, Lincoln Square is delightful for shopping through cute small businesses, attend fun parades and events, and a overall old time nostalgia feel.

Logan Square - Logan Square holds a hipster reputation with its population of young professions, vibrant community atmosphere, and a lively nightlife down Milwaukee Ave. Shop the local farmers market, grab some great food at Lula Cafe, or a drink at Revolution Brewing Co.

Marquette Park - A solid South Side neighborhood, Marquette Park offers an incredibly diverse community, which gets you a smorgasbord of different restaurants and local joints to visit. Check out Fat Johnnie’s Famous Red Hots for the best hot dog you’ll ever have, or some Caribbean flavor at Garifuna Flava.

Near North - This is the neighborhood that screams “Chicago” in peoples minds. Housing all the typical touristy experiences like seeing national landmarks, amazing shopping, world class restaurants and entertainment, and the vibrant community, Near North is a great spot to check out.

West Loop - A definite nightlife and foodie destination, West Loop has delicious offerings in their Little Italy and Greektown areas. Get a small bite at Girl & The Goat, grab some seafood or a global brew at The Publican, or admire the colorful decor, festive vibe & food from South America, Spain & the Caribbean at Carnivale.

Pilsen - Pilsen retains a huge amount of culture having a large latino population and still growing in diversity. Often compared to San Francisco’s Mission district, Pilsen is a go to spot for delicious Mexican cuisine and fun honky tonk BBQ joints.

Rogers Park - Located at the top point of Chicago before you hit the suburbs, Rogers Park is still quite a culturally diverse place filled with community with the college students from Loyola and Northern floating around. Grab a quick bite at bobNGrill, or have some latin flavor with Taste of Peru.

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Chicago News and Events

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A Dozen Teens Arrested in Downtown Disturbance: Police



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Ind. Police Release New Audio, Video in Girls' 2017 Killing



Indiana State Police on Monday released never-before-seen video and new audio of the man they believe is responsible for the 2017 killings of two teenage girls found murdered on a hiking trail.

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Crystal Lake Missing Boy: Police Say No Arrests in Case



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Man Charged in Fatal Edens Collision



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1 Dead, at Least 7 Others Wounded in Sunday Shootings



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Girl Safe After Car Stolen With Child Inside



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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16: Members of the Chicago Bears run onto the field during player introductions before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Bote's Wife Set to Give Birth as Infielder Hits Walk-Off



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Chatwood Shines, Bote Walks it Off as Cubs Win



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Father of Missing Crystal Lake Boy Speaks to NBC 5



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Crystal Lake Community Gathers at Vigil for Missing 5-Year-Old



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Honoring Chicagoland's Fallen Heroes

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Wolves Win Game 2, Knot Up Series With Griffins



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Community Holds Vigil, Prays for Safe Return of Missing Boy



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Father of Missing Boy Seen Getting Into Police Car



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Diamondbacks Shut Out Cubs at Wrigley Field



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