Everything you need to plan a visit to Chicago, Illinois. Start with these Quicklinks to zero in on a neighborhood or popular attraction. Learn more from our introductory article and links to the local history timeline. Explore recommendations for sights, activities, food, lodging, entertainment, festivals and events. No time to do all this online? Download a Chicago Travel Guide or have Amazon deliver one to you door.
Chicago Quick Links
Andersonville Beverly/Morgan Park Bucktown/Wicker Park
Chinatown Gold Coast Greektown Hyde Park
Lakeview/Wrigleyville Lincoln Park
Little Italy The Loop Old Town Pullman Historic District
Ravenswood/Lincoln Square River North South Loop West Loop
Check Out the Chicago Suburbs
360 Chicago Adler Planetarium Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Architecture Center Chicago History Museum
Field Museum Kohl Children’s Museum Legoland Discovery Center
Lincoln Park Zoo Maggie Daley Park Magnificent Mile
Millennium Park Museum of Science & Industry Navy Pier
Skydeck Chicago Soldier Field Wrigley Field
These are our top recommendations for visitors to Chicago. Why the Faber dozen?
360 Chicago Observation Deck Willis Tower
Take a scenic cruise on the Chicago river. Chicago Architecture Foundation.
DuSable Museum of African American History
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.
Go for a ride on the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier. Enjoy restaurants, shops and entertainment on the pier, or rent a bike to ride along the lakefront.
Take a stroll down the Magnificent Mile, where high end shopping opportunities abound.
Visit the Art Institute of Chicago, home to one of the world’s finest impressionist collections, including masterpieces such as Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grand Jatte and The Bedroom by Vincent van Gogh. Check out our MUST SEE list.
Laugh your way through a performance of the Second City improvisational comedy troupe.
Take in a Chicago Cubs baseball game at iconic Wrigley Field, which they have called home since 1916. If you prefer American League action, wander over to the south side Guaranteed Rate Field to catch the White Sox in action.
Explore the Field Museum of Natural History. Don’t miss Sue, the world’s most complete T-Rex, the World of Mammals, or the Traveling the Pacific exhibits. Check out our MUST SEE list.
Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL. Be sure to allow extra time and wear appropriate shoes for the neighborhood walking tour of Wright designed homes.
Have a picnic on North Avenue Beach, one of thirty one beaches dotting the Chicago lakefront. Check out the complete list.
Brookfield Zoo for a smaller, more centrally located experience, try the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Enjoy late night entertainment at one of the famous Chicago Blues Clubs.
Hungry? We can help you with food and drink recommendations for Chicago, Illinois. Choose from landmark restaurants, Chicago favorites, ethnic cuisines, or atmosphere recommendations to find that perfect spot for your next meal. If all you want is a place for drinks, check out our list of recommended watering holes around town.