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.
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.
Once you have had your fill of museums and Millennium Park, head to Chicago’s North Side to see a different side of the city. Throughout neighborhoods like Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Square and Andersonville, you will find residential streets lined with trees, row houses and courtyard apartment buildings just around the corner from rows of shops, bars and restaurants. Touring Chicago’s North Side is a great way to escape the crowds of downtown and get to know the Windy City a bit better
One of the best ways to experience Chicago is by walking. With the city laid out on an easy-to-learn grid system and many attractions within easy walking distance of each other, there is no reason not to see Chicago by foot. Exploring on your own, though, will only allow you to discover so much. Taking a walking tour of one of the city’s neighborhoods, though, will give you the chance to gain a more in-depth appreciation of the Windy City.
Here in Chicago, we often joke that we put up with the long months of winter just so we can enjoy the three months of summer. But really, autumn in Chicago is often just a continuation of summer, with a variety of festivals, sporting events and other activities for locals and visitors alike. With leaves changing colors as the temperatures gradually dip, autumn can be the perfect time to explore Chicago.
From local craft breweries to brewpubs featuring drafts from around the globe, there is no shortage of things to do in Chicago for beer lovers. Here is a look at some of the best breweries, bars and other activities for beer lovers to enjoy in the Windy City.
Just northwest of downtown, Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood has been an integral part of the city since 1837. Bordered roughly by Armitage Avenue to the north, Chicago Avenue to the south, Western Avenue to the west and the Kennedy Expressway to the east, Bucktown was designated a Chicago Landmark District in 1991. Often referred to in conjunction with adjacent Wicker Park, the neighborhood has undergone multiple transformations throughout its history and today presents an interesting mix of old and new for visitors to explore.
As the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest, Northalsted Market Days festival attracts more than 100,000 revelers every year and ranks second only to the Chicago Pride Parade and Festival when it comes to LGBT festivals in the Windy City. Market Days typically takes place the second weekend of August in the heart of Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood, on Halsted between Belmont and Addison.