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Downtown/River North/Gold Coast
Stroll along the Chicago River and enjoy quaint cafes and live music in the summertime.
No first-time visit to Chicago is complete without seeing Cloud Gate, colloquially known as The Bean; next, lounge on the lawn of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and marvel at the art installations at this tourist favorite.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Regarded as one of the world’s top art museums, The Art Institute of Chicago houses a variety of special collections and artists’ finest works, from Monet to Pollock.
The Field Museum
Peruse the museum’s collections of more than 20 million artifacts; take your time, but don’t forget to take a photo with Sue before you go.
West Loop/South Loop/Pilsen/Garfield Park
Garfield Park Conservatory
Retreat from the city and into this gorgeous greenhouse conservatory, with a variety of plant varieties and art installations.
High Five Ramen
High Five Ramen is a celebrated West Loop hot spot, with intimate basement seating and the best bowl of ramen you’ll have in Chicago, served tonkotsu-style.
The new eatery from the owners of Nuevo León is celebrated by both locals and visitors, serving authentic Mexican fare and some of the best tacos you’ll have in the city, or anywhere.
Randolph Street Market
Occurring monthly, Randolph Street Market is the place to be for troves of antique treasures.
Along with the many authentic restaurants dotting this neighborhood, Chinatown also boasts a variety of shops, perfect for one-of-a-kind gifts.
You’ll find historic buildings, charming eateries, and The University of Chicago here in this historic neighborhood, located along the lakefront’s south shore.
Museum of Science & Industry
Located in the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park, the Museum of Science & Industry offers exhibits focused on a range of subjects, many of which are interactive.
There are dozens of restaurants dotting Chinatown’s streets, however Phoenix offers one of the tastiest dim sum experiences in the city, along with authentic Chinese fare.
Old Town/Lincoln Park/Lakeview
Stroll through Lincoln Park, including its beautiful gardens, as well as the Lincoln Park Zoo, which always has free admission.
Set in a cozy atmosphere that is reminiscent of an intimate living room, Schubas welcomes crowds nightly to its stage in the back as well as its spirited bar in the front.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Founded in 1974, Steppenwolf puts on a variety of plays throughout the year, some of which have garnered a prestigious Tony Award.
The Second City
Watch top improv comedy shows at Second City; many notable comedians started their professional careers right here.
Enjoy a full list of brews, great eats, and the rooftop deck for the perfect space to hang out on the North side.
Located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, the Green Mill is a longstanding destination for lovers of jazz.
Watch the Neo-Futurists put on their longstanding late night show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Spacca Napoli serves Neapolitan-style pizzas and other Italian favorites, set in a welcoming space with a patio when the weather is warm.
Wicker Park/Bucktown/Logan Square/Ukrainian Village
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Stop by Logan Square’s charming dine-in bakery that serves a rotation of sweet and savory pies alongside their specialty biscuits
Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Take the Blue Line to Logan Square and experience Parson’s, with fried chicken and Negronis as its staple and a buzzing, pet-friendly patio in the summertime.
Connecting Wicker Park, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and more, the 606 is a unique elevated trail full of art and inspired by the natural landscape that surrounds it.
From vintage stores, to boutiques, to record shops, Wicker Park has it all. Explore this neighborhood from the intersection of North, Milwaukee, and Damen.