City Guide

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

Bars

Where to eat and drink outside

The best beer gardens, patios and rooftops in Chicago

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Things to do

Chicago summer festivals guide

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

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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 10 coolest Airbnb rentals in Chicago

From a converted church to luxury pads, these are the best places we found on Airbnb

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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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Travel

South Loop hotels

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

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Travel

Hotels near Wrigley Field

These hotels put you right next to the action in Wrigleyville

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Explore Chicago neighborhoods

Things to do

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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Wrigleyville

It may be Chicago's never-ending Mardi Gras, but there's plenty of culture to be found, too

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The best of Chicago

Bars

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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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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Museums

Best Chicago museums

Whether you're a local or an out-of-towner, if you have a day off in Chicago, spending it at a museum is a no-brainer

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Best cocktail bars in Chicago

Chicago bartenders are taking mixed drinks to another level, from a tiki bar to a molecular gastronomy lounge to a gin-focused joint

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Spring in Chicago

Things to do

The top spring events in Chicago

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Things to do

The 27 ways you know it's spring in Chicago

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Theater

Top theater shows to see this spring

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Blog

The best spring wildflower hikes

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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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Restaurants

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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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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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

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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Shopping

The best electronics stores in Chicago

Get your gadget fix on with this list of must-shop electronics stores

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Shopping

Top 10 vintage stores

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

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Shopping

Best Chicago bike shops

Find boutique, custom and major brands of road bikes, mountain bikes and everything in between

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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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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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