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Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA - Illinois

General Information

Performing Arts / Theater

Chicago’s theater scene has everyone watching. Broadway in Chicago boasts many mega‑hit musicals every year, and you’ll find cutting‑edge drama at the Goodman, Steppenwolf, or Lookingglass theaters. Also, don’t miss stunning performances by the Joffrey Ballet or the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Or head to The Second City, the birthplace of Chicago‑style improv. Then catch a nationally‑touring act at The Chicago Theatre. Finally, inspire your senses with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Shopping

Chicago is a shopper’s fantasy come true. Imagine a place with world‑class department stores, every kind of boutique, specialty shops, and fabulous discount shopping. One important Chicago destination is The Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue. In this eight‑block stretch, hundreds of stores offer luxury items, beautiful bargains, and everything in‑between. Or check out Oak Street, an international style center with high‑end stores and salons. Plus, explore the many boutiques throughout the city's diverse neighborhoods.

Museums

Chicago is world‑renowned for its diverse museums. Check out the famous Museum Campus: At the Shedd Aquarium, you’ll find over 22,000 aquatic creatures. At The Field Museum, dinosaur lovers can see Sue, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. Finally, you can explore the wonders of the universe at the Adler Planetarium. Once you’ve explored the campus, head to the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Or, discover the Art Institute of Chicago, the second largest art museum in the U.S. Finally, in this city that celebrates its diversity, such institutions as the The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, DuSable Museum of African American History and The Oriental Institute, hold a special place of honor.

Gastronomy and Nightlife

Chicago is home to seven AAA Five‑Diamond restaurants, which is the most of any city in the U.S. The city is also famous for its deep‑dish pizza and Chicago‑style hot dogs. Downtown and in Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods, countless ethnic restaurants are ready to introduce you to new tastes. Chicago is also home to a number of celebrity chefs, several of whom have made appearances on – or won – competitive reality cooking shows. After dinner, check out Chicago's great nightlife. At legendary lounges, piano bars, and other great venues, the city pulses with the beat of countless live performances of jazz, mainstream and indie rock, folk and country, world music, and‑ of course ‑ blues. After all, Chicago is the official home of the blues.