Heart of America. Jewel of the Midwest.
Exploring the City by the Lake
Discover the people, places and experiences that give Chicago its coveted cosmopolitan, yet warmly Midwestern reputation.
Chicago is America’s third largest city, known for its culturally diverse neighborhoods; heartland integrity and work ethic; renowned theater and music; riches of architecture and industry; top universities; couture fashion; award-winning dining; passion for sports; thousands of acres of parklands; and its stunning location on Lake Michigan. The city has nearly 3 million residents and attracts an estimated 54 million visitors each year.
A City That Welcomes the World
There are more than 100 neighborhoods that make up Chicago, giving this sophisticated destination a distinctly global feel that appeals to residents and visitors alike. Here, people of every nationality come to pursue their ambitions, as the city is home to more than 400 major corporations. Chicago is accessible with its prime location in the central part of the United States and its two international airports with nearly 3,000 daily nonstop flights from all over the globe. A transportation network of buses, trains and taxis offers many options to get around the city.
Chicago’s Museum Campus is home to the Adler Planetarium, America’s first planetarium, as well as the Shedd Aquarium, housing more than 32,500 animals. The largest Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur skeleton ever discovered is on display at the Field Museum. Visit Navy Pier, the Midwest’s No. 1 attraction and ride the famous 15-story Ferris wheel. Lincoln Park Zoo is free and open every day of the year. Sports are a passion in Chicago too, with fans cheering for their favorite professional baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey teams.
Beaches and Parks
Perhaps the most breathtaking feature of Chicago is the 26 miles of open lakefront, with free beach access and enjoyment for all. All of this exists against a backdrop of the city’s magnificent towering skyscrapers, including the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago is also one of the greenest and most livable cities in America, a friendly urban landscape with acres of parklands and miles of walkways and bikeways.
Explore this iconic park located in the heart of the city where you’ll find the famous Cloud Gate or “Bean” sculpture, magnificent gardens, amazing fountains, restaurants and free concerts.
Places to stay are plentiful, including boutique hotels, historic inns and high-rise modern suites, and all provide world-class service and amenities.
Exploring Chicago’s restaurants is a draw unto itself, with casual dining to haute cuisine. Five Chicago restaurants earned he prestigious Five Diamond Award, among the most of any North American city.
A Shopping Capital
Chicago is a leading center for shopping. Shoppers delight in exclusive designer boutiques, unique ethnic shops and major department stores. The Magnificent Mile, a stretch of more than 400 famous shops along Michigan Avenue, is one of the great avenues of the world.
Arts & Culture
In Chicago, you will find one of the world’s largest collection of French impressionist art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Award-winning Broadway shows, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, music festivals, comedy performances and more define the city’s vibrant entertainment experience.