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

Chance the Rapper Cancels 2020 The Big Tour

<p>Musician Chance the Rapper performs onstage during day 1 of the Rolling Loud Festival at Banc of California Stadium on Dec. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles.</p>

Officials Warn of Icy Travel Conditions in Illinois, Indiana

<p>CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 23: Travelers sit in a massive traffic jam as people hit the road for the holiday weekend on November 23, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The American Automobile Association (AAA) says nearly 49 million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving weekend, the busiest travel holiday of the year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p>

Bears Fall to Packers in Lambeau Heartbreaker

<p>GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 15: Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears looks on during warm ups before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 15, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)</p>

Thieves Smash Car Windows in West Loop: Police

<p>CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 01: A Chicago police badge hangs in front of the City of Chicago Public Safety Headquarters on December 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Following public outcry over the way police handled the shooting death of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced he had fired Chicago Police Superintendant Garry…</p>

Bears vs. Packers: Akiem Hicks, Prince Amukamara in Lineup for Critical Showdown

<p>CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 08: Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears stands on the field during warm up prior to a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on August 08, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)</p>

Zach LaVine, Bulls Rally to Beat Clippers

<p>CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 14: The Chicago Bulls walk on the court during the game against the LA Clippers on December 14, 2019 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)</p>

Blackhawks Cough Up Lead, Fall to Blues

<p>ST. LOUIS, MO – DECEMBER 14: Connor Murphy #5 of the Chicago Blackhawks defends against Ryan O’Reilly #90 of the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on December 14, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/NHLI via Getty Images)</p>

Bears Playoff Update: Chicago Needs Help to Stay Alive Sunday

<p>GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 23: Detail of Chicago Bears helmets during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)</p>

Teen Girl Groped, Restrained by Man on Brown Line Train

<p>View of a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) sign at the Washington Wabash elevated train station, Chicago, Illinois, February 28, 2018. (Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)</p>

Snow, Cooler Temperatures on Tap for Sunday

<p>A maintenance worker spreads salt in the area around Cloud Gate during a morning rush hour snow storm as a winter weather advisory is issued for the Chicago area on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)</p>

Former Gary, Indiana, Mayor Richard Hatcher Dead at 86

<p>Richard Hatcher was the first Black mayor of Gary, Indiana.</p>

2 Men Stabbed During Fight in The Loop

<p>Police investigate the scene where two people were stabbed Saturday in the Loop Dec. 14, 2019. </p>

2 Hurt in Stabbing at CTA Green Line Station

<p>View of a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) sign at the Washington Wabash elevated train station, Chicago, Illinois, February 28, 2018. (Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)</p>

Brandon Morrow Reportedly Signs Minor-League Contract With Cubs

<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>

Bears Injury Report: Amukamara Likely In, Gabriel Out vs. Packers

<p>LAKE FOREST, IL – JUNE 12: Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) is interviewed during the Chicago Bears Veteran Minicamp on June 12, 2019 at Halas Hall, in Lake Forest, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)</p>

Snow Expected in Chicago Area Monday, But Just How Much?

<p>CHICAGO – FEBRUARY 02: A city plow clears a residential street in the Bucktown neighborhood February 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. As of late morning over 20 inches of snow had fallen, making this snowstorm the third largest recorded in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p>

Army Vet Charged With Threatening to Shoot Congressman

<p>UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 18: Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., speaks during the House Administration Committee hearing on Oversight of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington on Wednesday September 18, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)</p>