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Explore Chicago

See the Windy City

From the cultural to the culinary and everything in between, Chicago has a little something for everyone. Treat yourself to the city’s culinary wonders, visit its beaches and rooftop bars for a taste of the outdoors, explore the famous Riverwalk, or wander through one of its world-class museums. This friendly Midwest city will welcome you with open arms and send you home with a full camera roll—and a tighter belt.

Tips for Navigating Chicago

  • Chicago is a major culinary destination. To avoid long waits at restaurants, reservations are encouraged. OpenTable and Yelp are helpful for this purpose, as are the restaurant websites themselves.
  • For easy access to the Chicago spots we recommend visiting, see our full list on Google Maps.
  • Planning to visit more than one of Chicago’s great cultural attractions? Consider purchasing the Chicago CityPASS for discounted and VIP access.
  • For tips and tricks on navigating Chicago’s public transportation system, visit transitchicago.com/howto, and be sure to download Google Maps on your smartphone to access simple transit instructions.

Attractions

Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago Riverwalk

This waterside walkway allows you to observe some of the city's most gorgeous architecture from a new perspective. You can also grab a drink at one of the many bars or board a Water Taxi for a leisurely trip to Chinatown.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

A 24.5-acre green space in the heart of the city. It holds a cool video display, outdoor theater and the famous 'Bean' sculpture. Ready to take that selfie?
Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Navy Pier is home to a 200-foot Ferris wheel, the city's only real IMAX screen, Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and plentiful dining options. It is also the venue that hosts Chicago Vet 2019.
The Second City

The Second City

The place where SNL starts looking for new talent. Alums include Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. It's always top-notch, as long as you avoid the front row.
Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

Whatever  mode of transportation you choose on the 18-mile Lakefront Trail, don't forget to stop and take in the amazing views of the Chicago skyline.
Willis Tower Skydeck

Willis Tower Skydeck

The ultimate way to see Chicago, located on the building's 103rd floor, 1,353 feet above the city, giving you some breathtaking views of the urban expanse surrounding you (and beneath you).
Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Watch African penguins frolicking in Penguin Cove, observe majestic cats in the Kovler Lion House, or visit the scaled residents of the McCormick Reptile House. All entirely free of charge.
Fine Dining

Fine Dining

Chicago is famous for its food. For an authentic experience, try some deep-dish pizza, the classic Chicago-style hot dog, and the Italian Beef. If there's still room for dessert, get yourself a Rainbow Cone or Nutella Pocket.

Go Chicago Card

Are you planning to do some sightseeing but you don't want to wait in lines and you want to save some money? Check out the GO Chicago Card: pay one price and pick from 29 top attractions as you go! Save up to 55% on top museums, tours, and activities and pay nothing at the gate.

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