Location: Chicago sits along a beautiful lakefront
with parks for playing, beaches for sunning and paths for walking, running or biking for miles and miles. Lake
Michigan also provides a variety of boating and sightseeing options out on the water. The
Chicago River winds through the heart of downtown Chicago for yet another way to take in
Parks: Right in Downtown Chicago you will find
both Grant Park, and Millennium Park with the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. These parks host
numerous outdoor concerts, festivals and other events. Just North of the
downtown area is Lincoln Park, a beautiful green belt that includes the Lincoln Park Zoo. There are over 500 other parks within the city.
Attractions: There are
so many attraction choices in Chicago, you'll hardly know where to begin. To get a lay of
the land, you might start with a guided tour - trolley, boat, biking, Segway, horse-drawn
carriage or walking - you choose the mode. Another way to get an overview of the city is
from the Hancock or Willis Tower observation decks.
Don't miss Buckingham Fountain or the Chicago Water Tower.
Navy Pier, with its array of dining, entertainment and
sightseeing boats, is just a short cab ride from downtown Chicago. Just a little farther
North along the lakefront you will find the Lincoln Park Zoo. Be
sure to peruse our Attractions pages for more information.
Museums: Visit the Museum Campus to visit
three Must See choices, The Field Museum, The Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.
Visitors also choose The Chicago
Children's Museum, The Museum of Science & Industry and the Art Institute of Chicago,
among the 40 other museums in the metropolitan Chicago area.
Sports: Chicago is home to all the major professional
sports leagues. In the Spring and Summer, baseball fans can see the Cubs at Wrigley
Field or the White Sox at US Cellular. In the Fall, if football is your game, the Bears
huddle up at Soldier Field, right on the lakefront in downtown Chicago. During the Winter,
both the Bulls
NBA basketball team and the Blackhawks NHL hockey team call the United Center, just west of the
Loop, home. During Spring & Summer, the Chicago Fire hosts its home game at Toyota Park,
just west of the city city in Bridgeview. No matter what the season, you can root,
root, root for the home team.
Theatre: Chicago has about 200 performance theaters,
including five Tony Award winners offering numerous choices of Broadway shows, ballets, popular musicals, comedies
and dramas. The Broadway in Chicago organization is the hub of several of the most popular
downtown theatre venues, including the Bank of America Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac
Palace Theatre and more.
Dining: It has been reported that Chicago has over
7,300 restaurants. With fine gourmet dining, national chains, mom and pop diners and local
specialties, there is a style and quality of dining for everyone's taste.
Shopping: The Magnificent Mile, on Michigan Avenue
just north of Downtown Chicago, offers numerous
high-end retailers as well as department stores, national chains, boutiques and
one-of-a-kind shops. There are several indoor shopping malls, including the
well-known choice, Water Tower Place which includes shopping, dining and
entertainment. There are
other choices in Downtown Chicago along State Street such as the Macy's
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