Chicago offers some of the world’s best food, great shopping, and all the professional sports action you could hope for. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, this vibrant city is an impressive cultural center that blends all the amenities of a thriving metropolis with the warm welcome of a friendly small town.
There’s no better way to enjoy Chicago’s verdant parks and miles of lakefront than by throwing on a pair of running shoes or jumping on a bike. Miles of trails and paths allow you to wind through Humboldt Park’s 219 acres, where you can enjoy both formal gardens and wild wetlands.
If you can’t resist the water, you’ll love spending an afternoon with your four-legged friends at Montrose Dog Beach or taking a mid-city tour of the Chicago River with Urban Kayaks. Abundant outdoor venues and parks offer a steady stream of fresh-air concerts, markets, and family movie nights.
Chicago is a rich, multicultural city where residents believe in working hard and playing even harder. The city embraces diversity and relishes the distinct personalities of its 77 different neighborhoods.
Known for some of the best food in the world, Chicago’s culinary scene includes hometown favorites like the Billy Goat Tavern, which was the inspiration for John Belushi’s "Cheezborger" skit. If you want to experience the birthplace of Chicago’s famous pizza, check out Pizzeria Uno, Gino’s East, or Lou Malnati’s. And no Chicago experience is complete without one of their famed Chicago dogs. Your best bet for an authentic dog is The Wiener’s Circle in the heart of Lincoln Park.
There’s plenty to keep you busy in between samples of Chicago’s great eats. Art lovers have a variety of galleries and museums to enjoy, including the old water tower’s City Gallery, where a constant stream of work from local artists and photographers is on display. And if you love a good festival, Chicago won’t disappoint. From the Air and Water Show to the Chicago Blues Festival and the family-friendly Kids and Kites Festival, there’s a community event to fit every mood and passion. The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls provide professional sporting events throughout the year. You’ll have to choose between the north side Chicago Cubs and the south side White Sox before you’ll be considered a true Chicagoan though.
Chicago enjoys these parks and open spaces: