Chicago Travel Guide
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 hotel rates are as temperamental as the city's climate. And just as snow in April and 70-degree weather in November... read more
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 in Chicago
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
A century ago, poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago "stormy, husky, brawling/city of the Big Shoulders" in an eponymous poem that still... Read more
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
Architecture: The skyline dazzles with some of the country's most iconic buildings. Local Eats: Cheap ethnic bites and... Read more
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
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
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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