From towering skyscrapers, exceptional food, excellent museums, and its diverse music scene, to its beautiful shoreline, world-famous deep dish pizza, vibrant graffiti, and nestled public parks, the Windy City has something for everyone.
Home to over 70 festivals, 100 neighborhoods, 100 art galleries, 200 music venues, 250 theaters, and 5,000 restaurants, it’s no mystery how Chicago keeps its 50 million annual visitors entertained. The fast-paced metropolitan energy attracts people from all walks of life. Whether you’re 16 or 61, visiting for a weekend or staying a while, traveling solo or with a group, you’ll always find something interesting to see and do.
In the mood for some upscale shopping? Walk down Magnificent Mile. Want to take it easy by the water? Check out the Navy Pier. Are you curious about how Chicago’s bold skyline came to be? Hop on a boat and enjoy the Architecture River Cruise. Do you want a unique visual perspective of the city? Consider visiting the iconic Cloud Gate for a slightly obscured mirror image of the prominent buildings or go on the Skydeck and literally stand over the city. Do you feel like tapping into your inner Ferris Bueller? March in one of Chicago’s downtown parades. Are you feeling more adventurous? Join one of the gangster tours and explore the city’s ruffian mob history. Eager to end the day with a signature cocktail and a taste of Chicago-style jazz? Hit up Green Mill or Andy’s. They’re renowned for a reason.
Overall, the Windy City is described by locals and tourists as fast-paced, diverse, booming, yet relaxed. It has an impeccable balance between business and pleasure, style and authenticity, class and edge, numbers and art. Its ambitious structure inspires companies and individuals to thrive. Its bonafide live music venues, unique activities and international dining scene allow for relaxation and cultural enrichment. It truly is The City That Works.