Welcome to Chicago

From towering skyscrapers overlooking sandy beaches, to sun-filled baseball games at Wrigley Field, twilight concerts in Millennium Park and free fireworks at Navy Pier — summertime in Chicago buzzes with energy and excitement!

Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, you will find world-class dining, shopping, entertainment, and hotels and accommodations here in the largest and most-visited city in the Midwest.

If you are looking for things to do in Chicago, look no further. Enjoy the great outdoors with a Chicago Architecture Foundation river boat tour; a play date with the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo; or an alfresco lunch with the stellar skyline in view on a rooftop patio. Indoors, unwind at a leisurely pace at a luxurious spa; jet set through downtown shopping malls; or dance the night away at a club.

In Chicago, dining is an activity in itself, with over 5,500 restaurants that line the culinary landscape and boast star chefs and endless accolades. The summer season is ripe for arts and culture as well. Immerse yourself in the vibrant theater scene at Steppenwolf, Goodman or Broadway in Chicago. Explore museums and galleries of every variety, like the beloved Shedd Aquarium and esteemed Art Institute of Chicago. And take in sensational performances — from live music, comedy, dance and opera.

With the sparkling lakefront setting the scene, plan your stay around can’t-miss Chicago events in July and August like Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park, Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and the Air and Water Show on North Avenue Beach.

As the official Chicago visitors' site, Choose Chicago is your guide. Use our Events Calendar to find neighborhood street festivals and major exhibition openings. Check out our Listings to discover a new restaurant and browse our Itineraries to take in all the sights — from Willis Tower Skydeck to 360 CHICAGO and everything in between. Book your hotel and start planning your trip now!

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Chicago Like a Local

Check out our daily blog to get a unique insider's perspective into the city! Discover fun places – everything from neighborhood shops and hidden galleries to local music clubs and hip, new restaurants – and browse their recommendations for the top events of the week.

Chicago Itineraries

There’s so much to do in Chicago, that’s what makes this city so great! Family and friends, student groups, business partners – no matter who you’re traveling with, everyone wins. So what are you waiting for? We’ve got plenty of suggestions in our Chicago itineraries to get you started.
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