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Chicago isn’t just about fierce winds and frigid winters. Sure, Chicago’s weather is a force to be reckoned with, but the trade-off is well worth it! This unique city by the lake has a gorgeous skyline, a rich history, and it features some of the world’s greatest architecture, art, museums, restaurants, and nightlife. Considered one of the most affordable major cities on the map, Chicago is large enough to accommodate millions of diverse city dwellers, but small enough to navigate with ease.

Here are a few things you may not know about Chicago:

  • Chicago is home to the world’s first skyscraper.
  • Chicago is home to not one, but two of the world’s top 50 restaurants.
  • Chicago is home to the world’s largest free outdoor food festival -- The Taste of Chicago. In 2006, 3.6 million people from around the world attended the Taste of Chicago festivities.
  • Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is the world’s second largest aquarium in the world. It holds 5 million gallons of water to support 20,000 aquatic animals. The first largest is The Georgia Aquarium which holds 8 million gallons of water to house over 100,000 aquatic animals.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.

So, whether you’re a native or a newcomer, you’ll always find something exciting and unique within the boundaries of this bustling city. Here’s how:

If you’d rather read the paper than surf the net, pick up a Chicago Reader or a Time Out Chicago to see what’s going on in the city on any given day or night. The Chicago Reader is updated weekly and can be found on just about every street corner, in all coffeehouses or at any record store in the city. Look for the bright yellow boxes on street corners. Time Out Chicago can be found at convenient stores, bookstores, fitness clubs, and coffeehouses throughout the city.

If you don’t do “paper publications,” surprise -- we’re right there with you -- which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best sites to help you whether you’re a local looking to paint the town red or you’re thinking about moving to Chicago. If you’re just visiting, you can use these links to plan the entire entertainment portion of your vacation and more!

Our latest travel content can be found in the Travel category in our new magazine format. Archived travel content can be found in the travel section on our blog. Also, check out our Travel Channel, our On Location page and our World Tour feature.


Choose Chicago
The City of Chicago takes pride in its festivals, parades, parks, galleries, and museums, which is why this site is so tight, you’ll spend hours browsing through exciting places to go and interesting things to do throughout the city.

Visit Chicago
Tons of info on hotels and more.

Chicago History Museum
Learn about the history of the classic American city.


Things to Do in Chicago
Great set of recommendations from Trip Advisor.

16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Chicago
More recommendations from

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