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Chicago has unparalleled sophistication, class, and style. Not to mention breathtaking views. There’s so much to learn—and love—about what Chicago has to offer you and your attendees for entertainment. Discover why this one-of-a-kind destination makes for successful meetings, trade shows, conventions and other events.

Sights Truly Worth Seeing

Just imagine—26 miles of uninterrupted lakefront nestled against undoubtedly one of the most magnificent skylines. And that’s not all we’ve got. The lakefront includes 15 miles of sandy beaches and an 18-mile stretch of bike path, where bikers, boaters, sunbathers and volleyball players abound. Turn to Chicago’s green spaces and you’ll find even more activity. There are hundreds of beautifully maintained parks, like Millennium Park and Grant Park downtown or Lincoln Park just to the north.

Millennium ParkMuseum Campus boasts 57 immaculate acres that include four of Chicago's most notable attractions: Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, NFL Chicago Bears' Soldier Field, and the Field Museum of Natural History.

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Charting Your Culinary Course

The world-renowned Lincoln Park restaurant Alinea has earned three Michelin stars, a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant, and the title of Number One Fine Dining Restaurant in the United States.

Alinea

Alinea isn't the only feather in Chicago's culinary cap. This city is home to more than 20 Michelin-starred restaurants as well as countless James Beard Award Winners and Jean Banchet awards for culinary excellence. In fact, our city is one of only three U.S. cities to join the esteemed Michelin star rankings. No wonder we were recently named America's Best Restaurant City by Condé Nast Traveler. With hundreds of acclaimed and historic eateries to choose from, Chicago's culinary choices come at a wide variety of price points, making it the town that truly has something for everyone.

We would be remiss not to mention Chicago's staples—dive in to some cheesy goodness at one of our famed deep-dish pizza joints or grab yourself a Chicago-style hot dog.

Hot dog trio from Portillo's Hot Dogs Chicago

Whatever you decide to bring with you, be sure an appetite is first on the list. 

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Jaw-Dropping Museums

Chicago’s museums rank among the best in the world. With more than 40 museums to choose from, you won’t be short on special event venues. 

The world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago is home to vast collections, including the most Impressionist works outside the Louvre. The Museum of Contemporary Art puts the thought-provoking art of today front and center. But art museums are just a fraction of what Chicago has to offer.

Located on the picturesque Museum Campus, The Field Museum is a treasure trove of natural history and home to Sue, the most complete T. rex skeleton ever discovered. 

Field Museum Sue

Nearby, you’ll find 32,500 animals at the Shedd Aquarium and countless stars at Adler Planetarium, America’s first astronomy theater. For science buffs, the Museum of Science and Industry is impossible to top as the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.

Whatever your attendees' interests, rest assured that Chicago has a museum or two to enhance them.

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Ground-Breaking Performances

Step out into the bright lights of Broadway In Chicago’s bustling downtown Theater District, where Broadway In Chicago features world-premieres and unforgettable award-winning musicals. 

Chicago boasts five Tony award-winning regional theater companies—more than any other city in the nation.

Bank of America theater interior

And with more than 200 theater companies delivering everything from blockbuster hits to edgy improv skits, the curtain rises every night throughout the city.

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Endless Entertainment

With incredible venues ranging from intimate neighborhood clubs to historic music halls, Chicago is the prime tour stop. From classical to heavy metal, you’ll find it here on any given night. And every summer the sounds of Lollapalooza, the Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, Pitchfork Music Festival, The Stars of Lyric Opera, and many more fill the air. 

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If laughter is what you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Chicago is home to the legendary comedy of The Second City. Watch in amazement as the skilled improv troupes from The Second City take the audience on a hilarious adventure. This improv-based sketch comedy made famous in Chicago will have you roaring with laughter. That explains why the likes of Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin and Catherine O’Hara are so funny. These premier comics trained on our grounds.

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Shopper's Paradise

Chicago is a shopper’s paradise. The city is known for its Magnificent Mile, where the awe-inspiring architecture definitely makes the name ring true. Retail shops, restaurants, hotels and galleries dot the tree-lined avenue. You’ll also discover great finds on State Street, which offers a variety of shopping at every price point.

State Street Shopping

If you’re on the hunt for that statement piece, hip boutiques and hard to find vintage shops populate Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, giving you an opportunity to bring home that one-of-a-kind find.

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Nighttime Hot Spots

Chicago has always been known for its creative touch with the good stuff. In fact, Wicker Park's The Violet Hour was recently named one of Esquire Magazine's "Best Bars in America." So it’s no surprise the city has a flourishing culinary cocktail scene.

The Violet Hour bar

Drinks made from locally sourced ingredients and paired with the food menu are all the rage in the Windy City. From live-music joints to more intimate wine bars, Chicago’s diverse entertainment landscape is sure to have you celebrating well into the night.

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Game Day Fun

There’s no denying that Chicago is known for its passionate love of sports. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a city with as much colorful history and as many colorful fans.

Through all of the ups and the upsets, Chicagoans have stuck by our teams. So catch any game, and you’ll see the passion for yourself. Plus, game-day dishes are just as much a part of our sports culture as the games themselves. 

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