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Chicago Travel Guide

What do you want from an unforgettable city vacation? Iconic monuments, diverse culture, exciting food scene, serious shopping, all wrapped up in a beautiful setting? Chicago has it all and more.


Chicago is ranked as the third-largest metropolitan area in the United States and the most populous city in the Midwestern. This city by the lake, also known as the windy city, is situated in the Great Lakes region of northeastern Illinois. Beyond the City of Chicago, the greater Chicagoland area extends into the neighboring states of Wisconsin and Indiana.  The windy city is also culturally diverse with approximately 2.7 million residents. There are 50 districts or 77 designated community areas in the City of Chicago, the Loop is the central business district and home to the tallest skyscrapers, top attractions, and shopping areas.


Situated near the southern tip of Lake Michigan, Chicago started as a small trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River. Its ideal geographical location made it a vital link in the great waterway, and later on, with the expansion of railways, Chicago was transformed into the country’s railway hub. The rise of the city was not all smooth sailing, as in the Great Fire of 1871 about one-third of Chicago was destroyed. But it rose from the ashes like a phoenix and made itself a global center for finance, commerce, industry, transportation, and tourism.


Chicago boasts a diverse variety of tourist attractions, for example, every year tens of thousands of visitors come to the city just to marvel at its impressive and iconic buildings in postmodernist and gothic revival architectural styles. But it is not just the architecture that attracts people to the city by the lake. There are endless unique and fun experiences to be had here, such as enjoying the classic rides at Navy Pier, overcoming your vertigo at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, getting to know the urban art scene on a street art tour, and soaking in the sun and skyline on a cruise. If after all that excitement you want to escape to nature, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Morton Arboretum are your best bet.


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What to Do

Looking for things to do in Chicago? We provide up-to-date info on everything from must-see scenic spots to local hangouts.
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Field Museum

Field Museum

7.8
4.7/5273 Reviews
"Museums"
The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

7.7
4.7/5397 Reviews
"Museums"
"Art Museums"
Millennium Park

Millennium Park

6.8
4.6/5568 Reviews
"City Parks"
Willis Tower

Willis Tower

6.7
4.5/5462 Reviews
"Observation Decks"
"Night Attractions"
Historic Route 66 Begin Sign

Historic Route 66 Begin Sign

4.6/569 Reviews
"Historical Sites"
"​​landmark"
Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate

6.3
4.6/5298 Reviews
"Statues/Sculptures"
Navy Pier

Navy Pier

6.3
4.6/5307 Reviews
"Ports/Bays"
Chinatown

Chinatown

6.3
4.4/5134 Reviews
"Featured Neighborhoods"
360 CHICAGO

360 CHICAGO

6.3
4.5/54 Reviews
"Observation Decks"
Riverwalk

Riverwalk

6.0
4.8/562 Reviews
"Hiking"
"Rivers"

Where to Stay

Discover the most popular places to stay in Chicago, complete with recommendations from fellow travelers and special hotel offers
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What to Eat

Want to eat like a local? Don't miss out on these top Chicago dishes and foodie spots.
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Untitled Supper Club

Untitled Supper Club

4.6/55 Reviews
Avg. USD40/person
"Bars/Bistros"
"Open Late"
The Signature Room at the 95th

The Signature Room at the 95th

4.7/515 Reviews
Avg. USD80/person
"Seafood"
"Open Late"
Everest

Everest

4.7/519 Reviews
Avg. USD165/person
"Western-style"
"Spectacular Views"
All Star Seafood & Sports

All Star Seafood & Sports

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"Seafood"
Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

4.0/51 Reviews
Avg. USD105/person
"Seafood"
Sepia

Sepia

4.4/511 Reviews
Avg. USD124/person
"Western-style"
"Restaurants in Historic Buildings"
RPM Steak

RPM Steak

4.7/517 Reviews
Avg. USD130/person
"Western-style"
Miki's Park

Miki's Park

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"Korean"
Shaw's Crab House Chicago

Shaw's Crab House Chicago

4.6/532 Reviews
Avg. USD81/person
"Seafood"
"Brunch"
Gene & Georgetti Restaurant

Gene & Georgetti Restaurant

3.4/511 Reviews
Avg. USD45/person
"Western-style"
"Open Late"
Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

4.4/517 Reviews
Avg. USD29/person
"Snacks"
"Famous Restaurants"
Tanta

Tanta

4.4/511 Reviews
Avg. USD45/person
"Japanese"
"Spectacular Views"

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