Chicago Travel Guide


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Plan Your Chicago Vacation

Chicago is a city with an appetite—for food, of course, but also for design, history, and culture. Come here to marvel at the cutting-edge architecture or take in the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan; to spend a day cheering with baseball fans and a night laughing at a comedy show; to shop, to visit renowned institutions like the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium, and to experience the legendary blues scene. To do all this, you'll need nourishment: taste deep-dish pizza, piled-high hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and more.


Chicago Hotels

Chicago hotel rates are as temperamental as the city's climate. And just as snow in April and 70-degree weather in November... read more


Chicago Restaurants

Sure, this city has great architecture, museums, and sports venues. But at its heart, Chicago is really a food town. This is... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Chicago

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Chicago Experiences

  • Chicago Today

    A century ago, poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago "stormy, husky, brawling/city of the Big Shoulders" in an eponymous poem that still... Read more

  • Top Chicago Attractions

    Take the ear-popping ride to the 103rd-floor observatory, where on a clear day you can see as far as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. At... Read more

  • Top Reasons to Go to Chicago

    Architecture: The skyline dazzles with some of the country's most iconic buildings. Local Eats: Cheap ethnic bites and... Read more

  • Tours of Chicago

    Hop on a Shoreline water taxi and cruise down the river or on the lake. You won't get running narration, but it's not crowded and it’s... Read more

  • Chicago Like a Local

    So you've done the Art Institute and the Willis (Sears) Tower—now it's time to put away your tourist hat and make like a local. Luckily,... Read more

  • Free Things to Do in Chicago

    It's easy to spend money in Chicago, what with shopping, museum-entrance fees, restaurants, and theater, but if you'd like to put your... Read more

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