City Guide

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

Things to do

The best things to do in the Loop

We admit—there is something captivating about the towering skyscrapers and pieces of public art that populate downtown

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Where to eat and drink outside

The best beer gardens, patios and rooftops in Chicago

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Chicago summer festivals guide

Take a look at our guide and start planning your next weekend of outdoor fun

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25 best attractions in Chicago

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

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Best Chicago hotels

Hotels

Loop hotels

Where to stay in one of the most central locations in the city

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South Loop hotels

In town for a Bears game? Here's where to stay near Soldier Field.

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Hotels near Wrigley Field

These hotels put you right next to the action in Wrigleyville

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Lincoln Park hotels

The best hotels near the Lincoln Park Zoo, the lakefront and more

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Explore Chicago neighborhoods

Things to do

Lawndale

Head to the beautiful West Side neighborhood and enjoy all of the culture and fun it has to offer.

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Boystown

Boystown is home to one of the most vibrant LGBT communities in the world. The neighborhood offers much more than gay bars, though.

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park is home to one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, as well as a great cultural scene

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The South Loop

Fantastic food, shopping, and music of all kinds can be found in the South Loop

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The best of Chicago

Shopping

The best grocery stores in Chicago

These stores will make your weekly shopping trip a breeze

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Bars

17 new frozen cocktails to try this summer

Bars in Chicago are embracing frozen drinks more than ever before

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Restaurants

Best new restaurants and bars in 2015, so far

It's already been a delicious year at new Chicago restaurants and bars

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Best outdoor bars in Chicago

Our guide to the best outdoor bars, from hidden gardens to sidewalk seats, will give you lots of ideas for places to go this summer

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Summer in Chicago

Bars

The best rooftop bars in Chicago

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Chicago beaches | Best beach amenities

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Chicago farmers market guide

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Chicago summer festivals guide

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Kids

The 50 best summer activities for kids

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The best restaurants in Chicago

Restaurants

Chicago hot dog guide

Where to find the best Chicago hot dogs, the definition of a real Chicago dog and more odes to the iconic encased meat

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Restaurants

Best Mexican restaurants

Whether you want high-end food or spicy tacos your next great Mexican meal isn't far away

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Best Chinese restaurants

Whether you're looking for dim sum, roast duck or more, you'll find it at these restaurants in Chinatown and beyond

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Top 20 brunch restaurants

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

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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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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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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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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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Museums

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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Chicago sports

Sport and fitness

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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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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Chicago White Sox guide

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

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Best shops in Chicago

Shopping

The best bike shops in Chicago

You'll be pedaling down the 606 or zipping through Chicago's bike lanes in no time

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Sport and fitness

The best sporting goods stores in Chicago

Whether you're looking for workout clothes, a bike, or even a spot to turn used T-Ball bats into cash, this list has it all

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The best music stores in Chicago

Who knows. Maybe you're the next big thing. All you needed was the right equipment.

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Shopping

The best liquor stores in Chicago

Your next booze run just got whole a lot easier

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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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Clubs

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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Explore more of the Chicago music scene

Getaways from Chicago

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Door County, WI

The 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 & St. Paul

The Twin Cities blend hyperlocal ingredients with global influences

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St. Louis

There's far more to the Gateway City than barbecue

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Indianapolis

The underrated food city deserves a fresh look

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Madison

Hit the capital for beer, charcuterie and happy hour deals

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