Many in Chicago would argue that the city is the home of the blues – especially the urban blues. Indeed, many of the biggest blues artists hail from Chicago, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy. Even if you aren’t a huge music aficionado, you really shouldn’t leave without checking out blues in Chicago.
Ask anyone in Chicago where to find the best pizza and you will likely get a variety of answers. Most visitors will head to one of the popular pizza mainstays such as Gino’s East, Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s or Pizzeria Uno. What do these four establishments have in common? They are some of the oldest in the city and each feature the deep dish style pizza that has become synonymous with Chicago. But they aren’t the only places to grab a great piece of pizza in Chicago – and may not even be the best. Here are a few other great options to try.
While some locals may beg to differ, Chicago has a pretty stellar public transportation system compared to most major U.S. cities. Using our subway system alone, visitors can get almost anywhere they need to go within the city.
There are a few museums in Chicago that seem to be on most visitors’ to-do lists: the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science and Industry. Many will also pay a visit to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago History Museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art. And while they may not be traditional museums, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium are situated on Chicago’s Museum Campus and attract a large number of visitors as well.
New Year’s Eve in Chicago offers a little something for everyone. You can go all out, partying well into the New Year, or you can enjoy a romantic dinner and toast midnight with a view. You can chill at a dive bar with friends or you can take the kids out for an early, family-friendly celebration. You can even get a head start on the festivities at the popular Eve of the Eve gala at Union Station.
Chicago is a great city in which to celebrate the holidays. Michigan Avenue bustles with shoppers in the final days before Christmas Eve, people ice skate at Millennium Park and sip hot chocolate (or hot mulled mine) at the German Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, and if you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of Santa himself riding on the special holiday-themed cars on the el train.
Chicago is one of the best cities in the Midwest for holiday shoppers. The famed Magnificent Mile is renowned for its many upscale (and more affordable) shops, including the likes of Chanel, Tiffany’s, Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s, which is known for its elaborate holiday window displays. From late November through early January, people come from all over the city and throughout the region to hunt for the perfect holiday gifts and post-holiday bargains. Stores line the entire street and there are two major shopping centers—the 900 Shops and Water Tower Place. But Michigan Avenue isn’t the only place to do your holiday shopping in Chicago.
You certainly won’t experience any shortage of things to do in Chicago. But for repeat visitors to the Windy City, you may want to get out of town for a day or two. Chicago can provide a great base from which to explore more of Illinois and the Midwest. From the hometown of Abraham Lincoln […]
Chicago may not be as known for its theater as New York City but that doesn’t mean it has little to offer. The city is well known for attracting pre-Broadway productions, including the Producers, Movin’ Out and Spamalot, and also has a number of popular independent theaters throughout the city. From the downtown Chicago Theater District to the more intimate venues in Lincoln Park and beyond, the Chicago theater scene has something for everyone.
Michael Jordan. Al Capone. Deep dish pizza. The lovable loser Chicago Cubs. The Bean.
There are plenty of things that may come to mind when you ask people what they think of when they think of Chicago. From my experience, our beaches, large Polish population and historical ties to the Ferris wheel and Twinkies are not among them. So is a little Chicago triva that you may now know.