Big and brash yet down-to-earth, Chicago is exhilarating. It’s home to exceptional museums, first-rate comedy, legendary blues clubs, decadent deep-dish pizza and the best modern architecture in the U.S. Sprawled along Lake Michigan, the city fronts dozens of beaches and is dotted with more than 570 parks.
With attractions like the Field Museum, the Art Institute, Wrigley Field and the dazzling view from the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, one visit isn't enough. Summer is festival season, when millions flock to Grant Park for the Chicago Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza, to name a few.
Chicago’s walkable neighborhoods appeal to every interest. Explore the Magnificent Mile shopping mecca, the foodie paradise of West Loop, the lively streets of LGBT haven Boystown, the townhouses of Lincoln Park or the hipster enclaves of Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village. At night, catch some smokin’ blues at Kingston Mines or an indie band at the Hideout. Or watch a game at a sports bar – did we mention the craft beer? Second City? Says who!