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

Report: Big Ten to Move to Conference-Only Competition for All Fall Sports

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More Than 1,000 New Coronavirus Cases Lift Illinois' Total Over 150,000

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Man Found Dead Inside Refrigerator at Edgewater Beach Apartment: Police

<p>Police tape is pictured in this undated file photo.</p>

Indiana Reports 521 New Cases of Coronavirus Thursday

<p>A worker wearing personal protective equipment gathers the tests administered from a car.</p>

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Debate Over Returning to School, Task Force Report

<p>CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 23: Workers check in residents at a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in the Austin neighborhood on June 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The site is one of four mobile testing sites, two community-based sites and two first-responder-focused sites being implemented by the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p>

Soldier Field Begins Hosting Drive-In Movies

<p>CHICAGO, IL – MAR 02: General views of historic Soldier Field built in 1924, home of the Chicago Bears since 1971, on March 2, 2018, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)</p>

Rooftop Near Wrigley Field Begins Selling Tickets for Cubs Home Games

<p>CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 19: A Chicago Cubs flag flies from the roof of Wrigley Field during the game against the Washington Nationals on August 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Nationals 11-1. (Photo by Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)</p>

Firefighters Douse Cermak Bridge With Water After Extreme Heat Keeps It From Closing

<p>The Lasalle Street Bridge is raised over the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Governor Pritzker extended the state’s stay-at-home order through the end of May, but he loosened restrictions on certain outdoor activities starting May 1. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images</p>

Cubs Reportedly Release Brandon Morrow

<p>CHICAGO, IL – MAY 25: Brandon Morrow #15 of the Chicago Cubs gets a three pitch save in the 9th inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on May 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Giants 6-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)</p>

By the Numbers: Illinois Records Highest Daily Increase in COVID-19 Cases Since Early June

<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>

Illinois National Guard to End Support Mission for Community COVID-19 Testing Sites

<p>Pfc. Sabine Gonzalez, 18, of Lombard, verifies the identification and personal information of a first responder Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the Illinois National Guard coronavirus testing facility on the Northwest Side.(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)</p>

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: How State Compares to US, Virtual Taste of Chicago

<p>CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 23: Workers check in residents at a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in the Austin neighborhood on June 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The site is one of four mobile testing sites, two community-based sites and two first-responder-focused sites being implemented by the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p>

Nearly 1,000 New Coronavirus Cases, 36 Additional Deaths Reported in Illinois Wednesday

<p>Coronaviruses research, conceptual illustration. Vials of blood in a centrifuge being tested for coronavirus infection.</p>

Northwestern Football Game Vs. Wisconsin Moved From Wrigley Field Amid Coronavirus Concerns

<p>CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 20: A general view as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Illinois Fighting Illini during a game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Illinois defeated Northwestern 48-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)</p>

United Airlines Sending Layoff Notices to Nearly Half of US Employees

<p>A passenger waiting for her flight to board stands in the airport terminal as a United Airlines plane is loaded at a gate at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)</p>

Christopher Columbus Statue Coming Down in Namesake City

<p>A statue of Christopher Columbus at Harbor Park. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)</p>

Brookfield Zoo Reopens to Public With Reservations Required

<p>BROOKFIELD, IL – JULY 18: Hudson, a polar bear, cools down by playing with a block of ice during a swim in his enclosure at Brookfield Zoo on July 18, 2013 in Brookfield, Illinois. A heat wave continues to grip much of the country today with temperatures expected to top 90 degrees in forty-seven states. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p>