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Chicago Travel Resources

Here are some Chicago travel resources that can help you in your plans to visit to Chicago and other areas of Illinois. If you would like your organization listed here, please send an email to

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If you are going to be visiting the Chicago area and would like to receive a FREE copy of the Chicago Official Visitors Guide in the postal mail, call 1-800-226-6632. You can also request Illinois Travel information.

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City of Chicago Resources

Start Here Chicago
Get access to the most popular tourist attractions and top sightseeing that Chicago has to offer. Plan your vacation here with top tours, location maps and events.

Explore Chicago - The City of Chicago's Official Tourism Site
Chicago visitor information provided by The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, Chicago Office of Tourism, Mayor's Office of Special Events and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Tourism with links to hundreds of Chicago’s many cultural institutions and attractions.

Choose Chicago - The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau Site
TTY 1.866.710.0294
The CC&TB's website contains comprehensive information on Chicago events, restaurants, attractions, things to do and more. This site offers information for meeting and travel planners as well as individuals planning to visit Chicago. They sponsor the Chicago Like a Local Blog.

Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago's Architectural Showplace for the Lively and Visual Arts and home of the city's official Visitor Center. The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington Street and 77 E. Randolph Street. Here are the neighboring parking lots. The Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Center is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8am - 7pm
 Friday, 8am - 6 pm
 Saturday, 9am - 6pm
 Sunday, 10am - 6pm

Mayor's Office of Special Events
PHO: 312.744.6630
TTY: 312.744.2947
The Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) provides Chicagoans and visitors with twelve months-a-year of family style entertainment, by producing and promoting free festivals and city-wide holiday celebrations. Information and schedules for Chicago festivals, parades and other civic events.

Chicago Park District
Information on Chicago's municipal park system, which includes 27 miles of shoreline, over 7,300 acres of park property and more than 250 facilities.

Choose Chicago Visitor Services Contact Locations

Choose Chicago operates three year-round Visitor Information Centers. Brochures, maps and concierge services are available for visitors, along with personal assistance from a team of visitor services representatives. Our friendly and knowledgeable visitor services staff helps visitors navigate the city, plan itineraries, find exciting attractions and events, recommend restaurants and make the most of their time in Chicago.

Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph Street
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Holidays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Chicago Water Works
163 E. Pearson Street
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Holidays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Millennium Park Welcome Center
201 E. Randolph Street
Summer hours: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fall/Winter hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Holidays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Visitor Information inquiries: 312-744-2400

Other Chicago Resources

Bar Native - A New Way to Drink in Chicago
It's a new innovative website with the largest database of bar specials in Chicago. Drink like a local. With 10,000 daily drink specials and hundreds of bars in the Chicago area, Bar Native will make sure you never pay full price again.

Suburban & State Tourism Resources

Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hollywood Casino • Downtown Museum Complex • Blackberry Farm's Pioneer Village and Splash Country

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Chicago Southland - Future Home of the Chicago Fire Soccer Team!
Tweeter Center • Windy City ThunderBolts • Balmoral Park Race Track

Chicago's North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau
Evanston • Skokie • Wilmette - Home to Northwestern University, Old Orchard Center, the Bahai House of Worship, the Kohl Children's Museum and the Charles Gates Dawes House.

Chicagoland Travel
Chicagoland Travel features events, hotel packages, attractions, itineraries and travel planning for Chicagoland area including Chicago, Evanston, Lake County, Prospect Heights, Rosemont, Chicago Southland, Heritage Corridor, Aurora Area, DuPage, Elgin Area, Greater Woodfield, Lisle, Oak Park Area, and St. Charles.

DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
Naper Settlement- A 19th Century Village • Oakbrook Shopping Center • Cantigny- Robert McCormick Museum -First Division Museum

Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino • Illinois Railway Museum • Prime Outlet Mall- Huntley

Greater Woodfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
Woodfield Shopping Center • Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament • Arlington International Racecourse

Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau
Chicagoland Speedway • Empress Casino Joliet • Harrah's Joliet Casino

Illinois Bureau of Tourism
Promoting Illinois to travelers worldwide.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
s leadership to manage, protect, sustain, and promote Illinois’ natural and cultural resources.

Greater North Michigan Avenue Association
Find out about wonderful shopping opportunities, first class restaurants and hotels of Chicago's Magnificent Mile.™

Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lake County, Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau
Gurnee Mills Mall • Six Flags Great America • Cuneo Museum & Gardens

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau
Morton Arboretum • Naper Settlement • Cantigny Garden & Museum

Oak Park Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio • Brookfield Zoo • Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum


Prospect Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Grove • Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame • McDonald's #1 Store Museum


Rosemont Convention Bureau
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center • Rosemont Theatre • Allstate Arena


St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau
Historic Downtown Antiques Shopping • monthly Kane County Flea Market • Pheasant Run Resort Dinner Theatre

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