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Sparkling Scenes in the Windy City

From the serene shores of Lake Michigan to the bleachers at Wrigley, the Windy City promises metropolitan adventures in the heart of the Midwest. Delight in leisurely walks through colorful parks or savor culinary delights at sidewalk cafes offering al fresco dining experiences. For seven years running, Condé Nast Traveler has chosen Chicago as America’s Best Big City. It’s easy to see why.

Experience Chicago

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Live It Up Downtown

Immerse yourself in iconic landmarks like Cloud Gate ("The Bean") and capture stunning photos with the city skyline as your backdrop. Get a guaranteed thrill and amazing views atop Willis Tower's Skydeck, which rises 1,300 feet above the city. Then mingle with locals and enjoy lively entertainment at the vibrant Navy Pier. Downtown Chicago is alive with energy, and every day is an adventure.

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Elevate Your Artistic Spirits

Let the creative heart of the city refresh your traveler’s soul. At the Art Institute, you can gaze in wonder at the masterworks of Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. Catch a memorable performance at the historic Goodman Theatre or lose yourself in the hilarious improv comedy that Chicago birthed at The Second City.  Explore contemporary art galleries brimming with local talent, or wander through Millennium Park's breathtaking sculptures for a free outdoor exhibition.

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Experience Chicago from Every Angle

Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and glide across the peaceful waters of Lake Michigan or the Chicago River, enjoying unique perspectives of the city. For a dose of history, delve into the fascinating exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry. Catch a day game at Wrigley Field and then get dressed up for a night out at the trendy gastropubs in West Loop or the upscale nightclubs of River North. No matter your scene, you’ll find it in the Windy City.