Chicago Travel Guide - Must See Chicago


2.7 million

40 million
Annual Visitors

19 Miles
 Bike Paths

26 Miles
 of Lakefront

15 Miles
 of Beaches

224 Miles
 of 'L' Track

 Art Galleries



Annual Parades



 Hotel Rooms


Chicago City Information
If you are a first-time visitor to Chicago, you may be surprised to learn that while Chicago is a world-class city with so many things to see and do, it is also very visitor friendly. Spend some time exploring what it has to offer and how to get around, and you will be all set to have a great time during your visit.  Hopefully, you will want to come back often.


We believe that our city has something for everyone. Here's an overview of what Chicago has to offer.
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 the sights.

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 Department Store.

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