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.

EXPLORE Chicago

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

Chicago Native Wilton Gregory Appointed First Black Cardinal in US

<p>HYATTSVILLE, MD – APRIL 4:<br /> Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory is introduced as the new leader of the Catholic Church in Washington, DC, on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Hyattsville, MD. The Vatican officially named Gregory, 71, who had been archbishop of Atlanta for the previous 14 years. The appointment puts Gregory in charge of one of the United States’s most politically important archdioceses.<br /> (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)</p>

Some Michigan Sheriffs Won't Enforce Open Carry Ban at Polls

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Wisconsin Health Officials Worry About Contact Tracing Plans

<p>A nurse administers coronavirus testing at a drive-up facility at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital April 14, 2020, in Leonardtown, Maryland.</p>

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: State Reports 4,000 New Cases, Region 4 Hits Mitigation Threshold

<p>In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Senior Airman Serena Nicholas administers a coronavirus test to a first responder in a vehicle on Chicago’s Northwest Side. </p>

Illinois Reports 4,062 New Cases of Coronavirus, 24 Additional Deaths Sunday

<!--amp-source-stack {"hook":"the_excerpt","filter":true,"post_id":5510747,"post_type":"attachment","sources":[{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":37,"function":"wptexturize"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":3351,"function":"convert_smilies"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":2375,"function":"convert_chars"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":442,"function":"wpautop"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":820,"function":"shortcode_unautop"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"media.php","line":1731,"function":"wp_filter_content_tags"}]}--><p>CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 08: A sign in a hallway at King Elementary School encourages social distancing as the school works to maintain a safe environment during the coronavirus pandemic on September 08, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Students at King Elementary and the rest of Chicago public schools started classes today remotely because of COVID-19 concerns. Teachers have the option of teaching from home or from their classrooms. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p> <!--/amp-source-stack {"hook":"the_excerpt","filter":true,"post_id":5510747,"post_type":"attachment","sources":[{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":37,"function":"wptexturize"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":3351,"function":"convert_smilies"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":2375,"function":"convert_chars"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":442,"function":"wpautop"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"formatting.php","line":820,"function":"shortcode_unautop"},{"type":"core","name":"wp-includes","file":"media.php","line":1731,"function":"wp_filter_content_tags"}]}-->

Indiana Reports 2,175 New Cases of Coronavirus, 12 Additional Deaths Sunday

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Trick-or-Treating at Indiana Governor's Home Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

<p>Eric Holcomb, governor of Indiana, speaks during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The investment summit is dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States and brings together companies from all over the world to facilitate business investment in America. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images</p>

Ramsey, Anderson Lead Way, Northwestern Pounds Terps 43-3

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Chicago Forecast: Cool Temperatures, Scattered Showers on Tap for Sunday

<p>CHICAGO – JUNE 17: Partial view of Chicago Skyline as photographed from the Chicago Lakefront in Chicago, Illinois on June 17, 2017. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)</p>

Chicago's Former Top Cop Eddie Johnson Involved in Domestic Incident: Sources

<p>FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson speaks in Chicago. Johnson says he’s thinking about retiring but won’t say when that might be. On Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, Johnson was at City Hall for a budget hearing when he spoke to reporters about speculation that he’ll retire soon from the job he’s held for more than three years and from the department he joined more than three decades ago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast File)</p>

Here's Where Illinois' Healthcare Regions Stand in Key Coronavirus Metrics

<p>A sign alerts residents to a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in the Austin neighborhood on June 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. </p>

More Illinois Regions Could Soon Face Coronavirus Restrictions Amid Surge in Cases

<p>A glass door with red and white “closed” store sign</p>

Illinois Smashes Record With 6,161 New Cases of Coronavirus Saturday

<p>WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 26: A medical professional administers a coronavirus test at a drive-thru testing site run by George Washington University Hospital, May 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Dr. Deborah Birx, the lead coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said on Friday that the District of Columbia and its suburbs have the highest rate in the country of people testing positive for the infection. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)</p>

18-Year-Old College Student Dies After Lengthy Hospitalization Due to COVID-19

<p>18-year-old Michael Lang, a first-year student at the University of Dayton, died this week after a lengthy illness following his COVID-19 diagnosis. </p>

Indiana's Hospitalization Numbers Rise as 2,765 New Cases of Coronavirus Reported

<p>BLOOMINGTON, UNITED STATES – APRIL 22, 2020: A protester wears an N95 mask. Members of Extinction Rebellion Bloomington participate in a socially-distant Earth Day demonstration at the southeast corner of the Monroe County Courthouse Square amid Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Jeremy Hogan / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Jeremy Hogan / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)</p>

Chicago Forecast: Partly-to-Mostly Cloudy Skies, Cool Temps Kick Off Weekend

<p>CHICAGO – JULY 01: The Chicago skyline is photographed from outside Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois on July 1, 2019. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)</p>

Walgreens Expands COVID-19 Testing to Children 3 and Up

<p>HOMESTEAD, FL- FEBRUARY 17: A sign is seen at a Walgreens store on February 17, 2010 in Homestead, Florida. Today, Walgreen Co. announced plans to buy another drug store company, Duane Reade, for $618 million in cash. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)</p>

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: New Restrictions in Chicago, 4 Suburban Counties

<p>A medical professional administers a coronavirus test at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site run by George Washington University Hospital on April 6, 2020 in Washington, D.C.</p>

Watch Gov. Pritzker's Daily Coronavirus Briefings Live at 2:30 p.m. Here

<p>Gov. J.B. Pritzker discusses fairness in the conditional adult-use cannabis dispensary licensing process during a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center, Sept. 22, 2020. </p>

How to Research Judges on Your Illinois Ballot This Election

<p>A woman holds an “I voted” sticker after casting her ballot in-person for the November 3rd elections at the early voting Chicago Board of Elections’ Loop Super Site in Chicago, Illinois, on October 1, 2020. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)</p>