Museums, dining, shopping, nightlife and everything in between.
Where the famous ‘L’ trains meet, the Loop offers favourite Chicago photo ops, like The Bean in Millennium Park and the legendary Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). For a one-of-a-kind look at the city, make sure to stop by 360 Chicago. This glass penthouse offers a stunning 360-degree view of the city from high above the street (try the Tilt, if you dare). Make sure to save some time to admire the architecture and pay a visit to the fantastic museum campus.
Easily Chicago's most iconic shopping district, The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue is a short walk north of Chicago's Loop and offers one of America's best urban shopping experiences. The Magnificent Mile also plays host to a variety of major events in Chicago throughout the year.
Two of Chicago's artistic meccas, take advantage of frequent music festivals, peruse the area's various galleries and taste some interesting culinary treats.
An up-and-coming home for the up-and-coming, Logan Square is one of Chicago's trendiest new neighbourhoods. Chock full of interesting stops like the Logan Arcade and fabulous bars and nightlife, Logan Square is an exciting place to spend a day.
If you’re looking for great cuisine in Chicago, look no further than the Fulton Market District. Just west of the Loop, you’ll find a utopia of fine dining, small sit-down spots and anything else you might be craving. Check out the Famous Au Cheval, voted Best Burger by the Food Network. (The single cheeseburger is a double and the double is a triple so … be prepared.) For upscale and experimental dishes, pay a visit to The Girl & The Goat. Head Chef Stephanie Izard opened her award-winning restaurant in 2010 after winning Bravo’s Top Chef competition, and it’s been growing ever since. And if neither of those tickle your fancy, take a stroll to discover something new! You won’t have to travel far.
Instantly recognisable, Chinatown is a must for any Chicago tour. Visit the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago to learn about the area's history and residents, sample some hyper-authentic Chinese cuisine and take some photos of the neighbourhood’s stunning architecture. And if you happen to be in the area during the Chinese New Year, don't miss the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade, complete with traditional dragons and drummers marching the streets.
If you find yourself wandering the Near West Side, you might just stumble into one of Chicago’s best authentic Greek communities. Celebrate at the annual Greek Independence Day Parade, discover the National Hellenic Museum and take a tour on the Greektown Trolly.
Bronzeville owes much of its incredible heritage to the “Great Migration.” As African-Americans fled oppression in the early 1900s, many made their home in what would come to be known as Bronzeville. This vibrant South Side community is alight with beautiful history and cultural attractions. Take a walking tour of the neighbourhood to enjoy stunning Victorian and Romanesque architecture, and soak in the incredible public art displays, like Alison Saars “Monument to the Great Northern Migration” and the Victory Monument.
Long regarded as a port of entry for immigrants, Pilsen has a rich cultural history. Today, this Lower West Side neighbourhood is one of Chicago’s best Mexican-American communities. Feast your eyes on beautiful murals pasted on everything from homes to overpasses, peruse offbeat shops scattered throughout the neighbourhood and sample some mouth-watering Mexican cuisine
Devon Avenue, also known as “Little India,” is in fact a multicultural hub, from Pakistanis and Russians to a predominate community of Orthodox Jews. Leave Western culture behind for an afternoon with authentic Indian shops and dining on this 10-block stretch of the North Side.
This South Side gem is home to one of the nation’s most distinguished schools – the University of Chicago – and one of Chicago’s most distinguished natives – President Barack Obama. Take a tour of the Obama sights, then check out the incredible museum scene – like Chicago favourite, the Museum of Science and Industry. Cap off your day perusing the vibrant food scene, and, of course, taking in some incredible local architecture.
Lincoln Park is one of Chicago's most upscale neighbourhoods. Right along Lake Michigan, just north of The Loop and Michigan Avenue, Lincoln Park affords visitors a variety of unique urban experiences. Visit local favourite Lincoln Park Zoo, learn about the City’s past at the Chicago History Museum and patronise some of Chicago's best and most exclusive shops.
Thanks to the Chicago Cubs, Wrigleyville is alive with bars and nightlife. Close out your Chicago neighbourhood tour at acclaimed local clubs like Smart Bar, see who's playing at the Metro and snag some classic Chicago faire. And if you happen to be in town during baseball season … well, you know where to go.