Perhaps no other city in the world can match the stunning beauty and sheer electric pulse of Chicago. Situated squarely in the heart of the U.S., Chicago is a magnificent metropolis that welcomes all visitors with equal flourish.
Affixed to sparkling Lake Michigan along 26 miles of shoreline, Chicago is a thriving urban paradise that will take your breath away. From its endless stretches of sandy beaches to the highest point of the tallest building in the country, it personifies "epic" in every sense of the word.
Now, the culmination of Chicago's emergence to global prominence has taken the form of Chicago Epic.
Chicago Epic is based on the idea that there are countless epic experiences that Chicago offers both downtown and throughout our 77 vibrant neighborhoods, and the sum of those experiences makes for an extraordinary city to visit. It is a reflection of Chicago's undying spirit. We want to encourage visitors to choose their own adventure with the guarantee that each visit will be different from the last.
For sustenance, you may be strapped for options with Chicago's mere 4,700 restaurants. Or not. From gourmet to street, Italian to Taiwanese, Chicago is home to the world's most elite chefs at the forefront of cutting-edge cuisine. Our 24 Michelin star establishments and 40+ James Beard Award medalists speak for themselves. For a nightcap, head to one of our more than 40 local breweries and knock back one (or several) of their tasty craft beers.
After all that eating and drinking, you'll need some old fashioned resting and relaxing. Explore more than 500 parks and gardens in Chicago - including the brand new 606 (above), a 2.7-mile elevated park trail set above city streets; or the 20-acre Maggie Daley Park replete with climbing walls, skating ribbon and ample picnic groves.
For even more fun, visit one of our 60 world-renowned museums, 90 spectacular art galleries, 225 live music venues and 100+ festivals and parades. You may think those numbers are exaggerated, but you would be wrong. Chicago has it all. Observe the largest Impressionist collection outside of the Louvre at The Art Institute of Chicago (above), named the No. 1 Museum in the World by TripAdvisor. See the largest, most complete T. rex at The Field Museum. Marvel at the beluga whales and other sea animals at Shedd Aquarium.
Before you depart, you'll need to bring a thing or two back with you. Shop magnificently along The Magnificent Mile, home to 50 flagship stores such as Burberry, Coach and Louis Vuitton. Beyond the luxury splurges, there are bargain deals galore at Chicago's five premium outlet malls, including the new Fashion Outlets of Chicago.
Simply put, Chicago is one of the greatest destinations on the face of the Earth.