of Chicago Illinois
Tallest building in Chicago the Sears Tower at 1,450'
Hostess Twinkie was invented in Chicago in 1930 & the first McDonald's Restaurant opened in 1955
Chicago Illinois is the largest city in the U.S., as well as the 3rd-most populous city in the United States with over 3 million people within its city limits. Chicago's famous nickname is the "Windy City" located along the SW shore of beautiful Lake Michigan, the second largest of the Great Lakes, with it's nice lakefront, parks, beaches, summer swimming, recreational boating and sport fishing.
Chicago is a great city to visit any time of the year. Chicago always has special events going on that you won't want to miss during your visit to the Chicago area. Perhaps you are also visiting The State of Illinois to possibly sell or buy real estate located in McHenry County, Cook County or Will County? If you are thinking about buying a Chicago area property you will likely require a new home mortgage loan!
There are many special events held in summer during the busy vacation and tourist season. A few of the annual favorites are the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Air & Water Show and Venetian Night. Chicago is a major cultural center and has a great number of attractions for visitors.
Among the many excellent museums in Chicago is the Museum of Science and Industry. Be sure to go up the John Hancock building and Sears Tower and be sure not to miss Chicago's well-known "Magnificent Mile" and its fine dining and shopping malls. While visiting Chicago Illinois, be sure to also visit the Lake Michigan shore, Downtown Chicago skyscrapers and lakefront parks, with its impressive Chicago Skyline. The lakeshore offers good sandy beaches and lots of water activities, walking and running trails, and all kinds of fun things to do.
Chicago is alive with festivals and parades thru out the year, including the Thanksgiving, Christmas and St Patrick's Day Parade (popular due to Chicago's many Irish ancestry people), sponsored by various ethnic groups who live in the City of Chicago and its suburbs. It's estimated more than 250 parades and festivities take place in Chicago each year.
There is so much to experience in Chicago, it’s difficult to know where to begin. You may want to start with an overview of the city. First, see the expanse of the Chicago land area from 1,000 feet above at the John Hancock Observatory or the Sears Tower Skydeck. Next you can head over to Navy Pier to experience the Cool Chicago Funhouse Maze, which takes you through a journey of Chicago landmarks and history.
Also at Chicago's Navy Pier, Time Escape is a 3-D motion simulation experience allowing you to travel through Chicago’s history, present and future. There are a variety of boat tours departing from Navy Pier and other city locations, as well as city bus tours, which point out significant landmarks and provide interesting information about Chicago and its history. See our tours section for more tour information and see our Navy Pier section for more exciting things to do while you’re there.
The Museum Campus, near Soldier Field, is home to The Field Museum and famous Adler Planetarium, two excellent museums. Also located at Museum Campus is the Shedd Aquarium, the world's largest indoor aquarium with more than 8,000 aquatic animals representing more than 700 species of fish from all over of the world.
Two of the finest zoos in the country are located in the Chicago area are the Lincoln Park Zoo on the north side and one of the oldest zoos in the country, located in nearby Brookfield Illinois, known as the Brookfield Zoo, situated on 215-acres, featuring over 2,100 animals.
The windy city of Chicago is located in one of the most populated counties in the U.S. Cook County, Illinois, which offers something for everyone – from fabulous shopping, fine art galleries, museums and theatre to unique neighborhoods rich in distinctive ethnic heritage, with their city parks and local gathering places. All along the beautiful Chicago lakefront, from Wrigley Field to Oak Street Beach to the Gold Coast to Soldier Field, Chicago is bustling with things for you to do.
What would you like to do while visiting Chicago? Check out options below. Take a lakefront boat tour at Navy Pier or shop the Magnificent Mile, perhaps visit the Museum Campus that includes the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium for both fun and education. Chicago has terrific dining experiences from the casual to the formal. Don't forget to try Chicago's own foods, including the famous Chicago hotdog, bagel sandwich, Polish sausage, corn beef sandwich and deep-dish Chicago style pizza.
Below is a list of some of the Chicago Attractions for residents and tourists. We suggest you use a Certified Vacation Planner when planning your Chicago vacation.
- Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
- Museum of Science & History
- The Field Museum
- Brookfield Zoo
- Lincoln Park Zoo and Lakefront area
- Buckingham Fountain
- Chicago Air & Water Show
- Chicago Blues Festival
- Chicago Cultural Center
- The Chicago Loop
- Old Town
- Lambs Farm
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Magnificent Mile
- Santa's Village
- Sears Tower Skydeck
- Shedd Aquarium
- Six Flags Great America
- Taste of Chicago
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- The Hancock Observatory
- Navy Pier
Chicago also has a theater district where you'll find shows and plays year round. Chicago has many concert events, from big name performers to local bands playing at a local bar. With the variety of shows available, you are certain to find a favorite among all the current shows available. Sports and ongoing sporting events are abundant in Chicago, including major league baseball clubs and of course the Chicago Bears Professional Football team, plus popular semipro football teams.
Chicago has it all - one of the Best Places to Live in America, and visit too!