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A guide to the best things to do and attractions in Chicago

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Christkindlmarket guide

Christkindlmarket, one of the best holiday markets in the city, is on in Daley Plaza. We explored the charming Bavarian booths. Here is what to eat, what to buy.

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Things to Do

25 best attractions in Chicago

Our favorite popular sights in the city, featuring the best parks, museums, and hubs of arts and culture

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Museums

10 best Chicago museums

Inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture, not to mention noteworthy architecture

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Hotels

The best downtown hotels in the Loop

We always recommend the Loop as the best place to stay in Chicago. Why? Read on

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Things to Do

The best things to do in the Loop

Make like Ferris Bueller, take some time off and enjoy some of the best things to do in downtown Chicago

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Explore Chicago neighborhoods

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The Loop

Explore the heart of downtown Chicago with our guide to the best restaurants, hotels, things to do and theater in the Loop

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Chinatown

From traditional tea boutiques and dim sum parlors to video stores and candy shops, here's where to go in Chinatown

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Logan Square

Boasting gorgeous boulevards and the hottest restaurants and bars, Logan Square is one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods

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Uptown

Find the best restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and things to do in Uptown and Little Vietnam

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The best of Chicago

Restaurants

Best Chicago restaurants

Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept at Next as where to find the best burger

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Bars

Best Chicago bars

Whether you're looking for the best craft beer, top-notch wine or exquisite cocktails, you'll find it at Chicago bars

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Nightlife

Best Chicago dance clubs

These 10 nightclubs are our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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Shopping and style

Best Chicago vintage stores

Where to find 1960s fashion or Mad Men–worthy pieces

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Winter in Chicago

Things to Do

Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks

Dust off your skates, sharpen those blades and pretend you're playing for the Blackhawks

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Restaurants

33 Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces

Our long winters have one big upside—getting to cozy up next to a fireplace while eating and drinking at some of the best Chicago restaurants and bars

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Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago

As flat as Chicago is, you can still fulfill your need for snowboarding and skiing with a short trip

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Kids

Top sledding hills

We may not boast rolling mountains, but Chicago isn’t letting that hinder its sledding fun

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The best restaurants in Chicago

Restaurants

Chicago's top 20 brunch restaurants

If there’s one thing we take seriously here, it’s brunch...

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Restaurants

Best burger restaurants

Chicago may be known as a hot dog city, but here's a secret—our burgers are just as good as our sausages

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Best Chicago pizza

Whether hawking deep-dish pizza or turning out thin-crust, square-cut pies, these are the pizzerias that do Chicagoans proud

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Best Italian restaurants

From cozy neighborhood trattorias to fancy splurges, these are the best places to eat Italian food in Chicago

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Best steakhouses

There's no denying it: This is a city that loves its steak...

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Chicago museums

Art

Art Institute of Chicago

You could spend the next four years getting to know this encyclopedic institution

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Museums

Shedd Aquarium

Baby otter! Baby otter! Baby otter!

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Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA houses one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation and frequently hosts major touring exhibits

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Museums

The Field Museum

See glowering dinos, marvel at artifacts from an Egyptian tomb, undergo a lesson in cannibalism or take a stroll through the Halls of Gems

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Museum of Science and Industry

If you’re into exhibits loaded with interactive bells and whistles, this expansive Hyde Park locale is your ticket

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Museums

Chicago History Museum

Explore a treasure trove of historical objects, including a chunk of the original Fort Dearborn

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Best shops in Chicago

Shopping and style

Top 10 vintage stores

Where to find 1940s–'90s fashion and Mad Men–worthy furniture

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Shopping and style

The best bookstores in Chicago

Know what you can't buy on Amazon? A cozy nook to hang out and skim the book you're about to buy

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Shopping and style

The 10 best furniture and home stores

Outfit your home with the coolest furniture and decor

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Shopping and style

Chicago's best running shops

To find shoes and gear that truly suit you, head to these fitness-focused shops

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Chicago sports

Things to Do

Chicago Blackhawks guide

Our favorite players, where to eat and drink before a game, cool merch and more

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Bars

Chicago Bulls guide

Where to watch Derrick Rose (if his legs are intact), cool spots near United Center and more

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Bars

Chicago Cubs guide

A user's manual to Wrigleyville bars, where to watch Cubbies and how to wait for next year

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Bars

Chicago White Sox guide

What to eat at "the Cell," where to watch the game, exploring Bridgeport and more

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Chicago's best music venues

Music

9 best blues clubs in Chicago

Boogieing to a bit of blues music is on the bucket list for most tourists. Here's where to go

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Nightlife

Top 10 nightclubs

Our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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Comedy

The best comedy shows at bars and pubs

Some of the most daring Chicago comedy can be found in bars, bookstores and comics shops

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Music

11 best rock venues in Chicago

Whether you're a music geek or just want to air guitar to some solos, these 11 venues should be on your radar

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Getaways from Chicago

Restaurants

Road trip: Door County, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin region mixes tradition with contemporary flavors

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Louisville

Tiki, tacos and a lot more than bourbon await

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Minneapolis and St. Paul

The Twin Cities dining scene blends hyperlocal ingredients with global and high-end influences

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St. Louis

There's far more to the Gateway City than barbecue

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Indianapolis

One of the most underrated food cities in the Midwest deserves a second look

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Madison

Hit Wisconsin's capital city for a weekend of beer, charcuterie and fantastic happy hour deals

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