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

Barriers Discussed for Woodfield Mall



The scare of an SUV driving around Woodfield Mall prompts a new move to improve mall security. NBC 5's Trina Orlando has the details from Schaumburg. 

Iconic Bridgeport Establishment Seeks New Owner



The owner of an iconic Bridgeport diner is looking for someone to take over the business, and NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has more. 

Strike Impacts CPS Students' College Applications

Striking Chicago public school teachers and other unionized staff and their supporters march through the Loop on day two of their strike on October 18, 2019 in Chicago. The Chicago Teachers Union announced today that they are still in contract negotiations with the city going into the weekend.

Connor Murphy Likely Out 'A Couple Weeks' After Groin Injury

Connor Murphy #5 of the Chicago Blackhawks prepares for a face-off against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on November 25, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. The Blackhawks defeated the Panthers 4-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Golden Knights Beat Blackhawks in Shootout

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Paul Stastny #26 of the Vegas Golden Knights and Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks get physical in the second period at the United Center on October 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)

5 Years In, How Has Colorado Coped With Legalized Weed?



As Illinois prepares to embark on a potentially culture-changing adventure with legal cannabis, the first state to legalize pot offers a snapshot of the way the world may appear a few years hence.

CTU to March, Rally Downtown During Lightfoot Speech

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Dian Palmer marches with Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates in downtown Chicago on October 14, 2019. CTU and SEIU members, totaling 35,000 workers, are preparing to strike on October 17 if contract negotiations with the city are not finalized.

Blackhawks Acquire Ian McCoshen in Trade With Panthers

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Ian McCoshen #12 of the Florida Panthers celebrates his first goal of the season against the Los Angeles Kings at the BB&T Center on February 23, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Kirby Dach Scores 1st Career NHL Goal

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20: Kirby Dach #77 of the Chicago Blackhawks warms up with teammates prior to the game against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on October 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Cubs Reportedly Interview David Ross for 2nd Time

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: Former Chicago Cubs David Ross takes the field during the World Series ring ceremony ahead of the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, April, 12 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos)

Despite Outcry, Buffalo Grove Approves Marijuana Ordinance



After a heated five-hour meeting, suburban Buffalo Grove is moving forward with a zoning change that will clear the way for a medical marijuana dispensary to sell recreational marijuana.

Game Preview: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20: Kirby Dach #77 of the Chicago Blackhawks watches for the puck in the first period against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on October 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Chicago Hospital Suspends Some Services in Cost-Cutting Move



Big changes are coming to a hospital on Chicagos Southwest Side, as Holy Cross Hospital is suspending some services and consolidating others as it deals with significant financial challenges.

Popular Halloween Costumes in Chicago This Year



What you can expect to see a lot of trick-or-treaters wearing this Halloween.

CPS Cancels Classes Wednesday as Teachers Strike Continues



Chicago Public Schools has canceled classes Wednesday as the ongoing teachers strike continues without an agreement.
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Huge Andy Warhol Exhibit Opens at the Art Institute of Chicago



A major retrospective on the iconic pop artist Andy Warhol opened this week at the Art Institute of Chicago. “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” is open to the public until January...

Woman Charged in Ingleside Forest Preserve Stabbing



A suburban woman is facing charges of attempted murder after she allegedly stabbed another woman while she was walking with her young child at a forest preserve Monday evening.

Photo Credit: Ingleside Police

Supt. Johnson Won't Attend Trump's Speech to Police Chiefs

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attends a police academy graduation and promotion ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on June 15, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Safety Takes Center Stage After Car Drives Through Woodfield



After a vehicle drove through Schaumburg's popular Woodfield Mall last month, officials in the northwest Chicago suburb are set to discuss a move that could pave that way for a law requiring buildings to install...

Portillo's Pop-Up Shop Brings French Fry Room, Scratch-N-Sniff Wallpaper to Woodfield Mall

Love Portillo's? There's a new Portillo's Pop-Up Experience coming to Chicago's suburbs.

Lightfoot to Detail Plan for Filling $838M Budget Gap



Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scheduled to deliver her first budget address on Wednesday, unveiling the long-awaited details of her proposals to fill an $838 million gap in the city's budget for the fiscal...

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Trump to Speak at Police Chiefs Conference in Chicago

President Donald Trump speaking during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Chicago Chain Named Among Best Fast-Casual Restaurants in U.S.

"This is a go-to place to try Chicago cuisine: Italian beef or a Chicago style dog," TripAdvisor diners said of Portillo's.

Warren to Chicago Teachers: 'America Should Support You'



Chicago's teachers strike gained national attention Tuesday as Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren walked the picket line with striking teachers.
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Krispy Kreme Opens in Downtown Chicago



Good news, doughnut lovers - Krispy Kreme is now in downtown Chicago.

Photo Credit: Krispy Kreme

Chicago Weather Forecast: Another Blustery Day



NBC Storm Team 5 meteorologist Andy Avalos has your latest forecast update.

Negotiations Stall as CTU Strike Enters 4th Day of No School



Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and city officials appeared to be at an impasse Tuesday morning, as the teachers strike entered its fourth day of canceled classes citywide.While negotiations...
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Honoring Chicagoland's Fallen Heroes

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

The Rundown: Midway Scare, New Home Run Inn, Old Town Fire



The top headlines you need to know as you start your day on Oct. 22, 2019. 

CTU Says Mayor 'Dashed Hopes' for Quick Settlement



It appears the Chicago Teachers Union strike won't end any time soon after Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent the union a letter on Monday that CTU President Jesse Sharkey said dashed hopes for a quick settlement.
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Matteson Village Board Approves Plans For Casino

A rendering shows the proposed casino and hotel in south suburban Matteson. The casino would sit at the corner of Lincoln Highway and Harlem Avenue.

The Race to Save WWII Treasures of Lake Michigan



A team of recovery experts is on a race against time to save World War II era aircraft resting off the shore of Chicago in Lake Michigan.

CPS Athletes Still Unable to Compete as Strike Continues



Student-athletes at Chicago Public Schools are hoping for a last-minute reprieve as the Chicago teachers’ strike threatens to keep them from competing in the IHSA state tournament, but as...

CTU President Jesse Sharkey Says Strike Affects Own Children



 At a news conference Saturday night, Chicago Teachers' Union President Jesse Sharkey said the strike personally affects his family, including two children who go to Chicago Public Schools. 

Woman Stabbed While Walking With Boy on Trail, 1 in Custody



One person was in custody on Monday evening after a woman was stabbed while walking with her young child at a suburban forest preserve, police said.

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New Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago



A traveling exhibition featuring the iconic imagery of artist Andy Warhol opened at the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday. NBC 5's Lee Ann Trotter reports. 

Metra Lines Running With Delays After Tree Falls on Tracks



Trains on multiple Metra lines are operating with significant delays after a tree fell onto the tracks Monday afternoon, the agency says.