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

Latest Snowfall Totals From Across Chicago Area



Snow is continuing to fall across the Chicago-area as a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for counties west and north of the city.

At Least 5 Wounded in Weekend Shootings



At least five people have been wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago so far this weekend.

Over 200 Flights Canceled as Snow Falls in Area

Flights are cancelled from the cold at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Jan. 31, 2019. The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease Thursday, though not by much.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for Several Counties



A Winter Weather Advisory will remain in effect for the remainder of the day in areas west and south of Chicago as light-to-moderate snow is expected.

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Pritzker Plans to Help Push Milwaukee as 2020 DNC Host

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at a state Capitol news conference Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Springfield, Ill., as state Treasurer Michael Frerichs looks on.

Family Seeks Help, Demands Answers After Aurora Shooting



A suburban family is left pleading for answers and demanding action after Vicente Juarez, an employee at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, was among five people shot and killed on Friday afternoon.

Photo Credit: Family of Vicente Juarez

Brother of Aurora Shooting Victim Turns to Faith for Support



A young man with his whole life ahead of him was starting his internship on Friday when he was gunned down at an Aurora business, and now his family is left to mourn a life lost.

Photo Credit: Thomas Wehner

Family, Friends of Victims Speak Out After Aurora Shooting



Its been a gut-wrenching 24 hours for the families of the victims of Fridays fatal shooting at an Aurora industrial complex.

Aurora Facility Where Fatal Shooting Took Place Will Re-Open



The plant where a deadly shooting left five people dead on Friday will re-open, the companys CEO announced on Saturday afternoon.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued Ahead of Sunday Snow



With more snow on the way to northern Illinois, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for a pair of counties.

Photo Credit: NBC10

Chicago Police Shoot Suspect in Lawndale, Officials Say



A person has been shot following an altercation with Chicago police in the citys Lawndale neighborhood on the citys West Side, according to authorities.

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Aurora Pizza Place Donates Food to First Responders



An Aurora restaurant opened its doors to first responders in a big way after Friday's shooting at a nearby industrial complex.

Photo Credit: Luigi's Pizza
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Aurora Officials Launch GoFundMe to Help Victims' Families

AURORA, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 16: Crime scene tape surrounds the Shetland Business Park following yesterday's shooting at the Henry Pratt Company on February 16, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois. Five people were killed and 5 police officers wounded by a former employee armed with a handgun. The gunman, who was killed by police, has been identified as Gary Martin. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Metra Offers Free Rides on All Weekend Trains



For the first time in the history of the agency, Metra says that riders can use all of their trains for free throughout this weekend.

Timeline: How the Aurora Shooting Unfolded

AURORA, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 15: Police secure the area following a shooting at the Henry Pratt Company on February 15, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois. Five people were reported dead and 5 police officers wounded from the shooting. The gunman has been identified as Gary Martin, a 45-year-old man believed to be an employee at the company. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gunman in Aurora, IL Shooting Had Criminal Record

A sign on the front door of the Henry Pratt Company office shows that guns are not allowed in the building on February 16, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois. Yesterday five people were killed and 5 police officers were wounded by a former employee armed with a handgun in the company's manufacturing plant. The gunman, who was killed by police, has been identified as Gary Martin.

Aurora Police Identify Victims of Friday's Fatal Shooting

A sign on the front door of the Henry Pratt Company office shows that guns are not allowed in the building on February 16, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois. Yesterday five people were killed and 5 police officers were wounded by a former employee armed with a handgun in the company's manufacturing plant. The gunman, who was killed by police, has been identified as Gary Martin.

Occasional Sunshine, Flurries on Tap for Saturday



The Chicago-area will get a mix of clouds and sun on to kick off the weekend, but the area could see some flurries too.

Vatican Defrocks Former Cardinal McCarrick Over Sex Abuse

Days before the Vatican begins its first ever global summit on priest abuse, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked.

Eight @ 8: Week In Review

In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories of the week. Make sure to check back on a weekly basis as a new edition of 'Eight @ 8: Week In Review' will be posted every Saturday morning.

Gunman in Aurora, IL Shooting Had Criminal Record

Police secure the area following a shooting at the Henry Pratt Company on February 15, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois. Five people were reported dead and 5 police officers wounded from the shooting. The gunman has been identified as Gary Martin, a 45-year-old man believed to be an employee at the company.

Persons of Interest in Alleged 'Empire' Attack Released

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett broke his silence Friday in a statement to NBC News, thanking fans for their support and addressing "inaccuracies and misrepresentations" about what he called a "cowardly" attack on him in downtown Chicago.

Illinois EPA to Shut Down Willowbrook Sterigenics: Mayor

The controversial Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook "will be shut down" Friday evening following new testing that showed emissions of "the highest levels of [ethylene oxide] recorded in the area," the mayor of the suburban Chicago town said.

Honoring Chicagoland's Fallen Heroes

NBC Chicago salutes the men and women in the armed forces who have died in combat.

FBI, ATF Among Massive Response to Aurora Active Shooter Situation



Multiple people, including four officers, were injured Friday in an active shooter incident at an industrial complex in Aurora. The alleged gunman was apprehended, police said.

Trump to Aurora After Shooting: 'America is With You!'



President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting at a west suburban industrial complex that left at least four police officers injured as Illinois elected officialsincluding Gov.
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6 Dead in Aurora Shooting, Including Gunman

Police officers armed with rifles stage near a commercial building where an active shooter was reported in the 600 block of Archer Avenue in Aurora, Ill., Feb. 15, 2019.

25 Years Ago, Michael Jordan Began His Baseball Career

7 Feb 1994: CHICAGO WHITE SOX OUTFIELDER MICHAEL JORDAN SPEAKS AT A WHITE SOX PRESS CONFERENCE.

Kane Makes Blackhawks History in Win Over Devils

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 21: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the Ottawa Senators at the United Center on February 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 3-2 in a shoot out. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)