Your First Time in Chicago



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Chicago is the heart and soul of the Midwest. It is a vibrant city that still holds that laid-back Midwestern charm. Chicago continues to grow as a large global center, but no need to fear, it is one of the friendliest and most diverse cities, offering something for every visitor. Museums, and world-class theater are perfect for the artistic minded; outdoor adventures on the lake are great for the summer; an array of mouth watering restaurants are around every corner; and beer pubs, wine bars, and swanky clubs light up every night.

Lake Michigan is a defining aspect of the windy city, with 26 miles of sandy shoreline hugging the east side of the city. The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate, and other must-see landmarks are just steps away from the water. Directly by the lake front, downtown (The Loop) is full of urban hustle and bustle, but the city sprawls out away from the lake boasting over 100 unique neighborhoods, each with a different vibe to match the personality and interests of any visitor. Whatever your interest, Chicago will draw you in and keep you exploring.

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Day 1 - Chicago, Oak Park


Your first time to Chicago will only let you scratch the surface, but the downtown area is a great place to start. The Art Institute is the most famous art museum in the city, located right on Michigan Avenue. While in the Loop, visiting Museum Campus, particularly the Field Museum is a must, as well as stopping by the Cultural Center for more trip ideas, or taking the famous Architecture Tour and then stopping for lunch in Millennium Park. South of the Loop you could wander through the University of Chicago and then stop by the award-winning Dusable Museum. It is also worth making the trek west to the beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home. Then, be sure to head north of the Loop to take a look at Wrigley Field. Parking is difficult and expensive in the Loop, but a car can by handy for moving around south and west of the Loop. Public transportation is plenty and typically easy in all main areas.


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Millennium Park

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222 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

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tel: +1 312 742 1168 / +1 312 744 3370 (Event Hotline)
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Chicago Cultural Center

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Location:

78 E. Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

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tel: 312/744-6630
fax: +1 312 744 2089
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Chicago Cubs National League Baseball

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Location:

1060 West Addison Street
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL 60613-4397

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tel: +1 773 404 2827
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Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Location:

224 S Michigan Ave
Departing from the Chicago ArchiCenter
Chicago, IL 60604

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tel: 312/922-3432
fax: +1 312 922 2607
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DuSable Museum of African-American History

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740 E. 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60621

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tel: 773/947-0600
fax: +1 773 947 0677
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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Location:

951 Chicago Ave
Oak Park, IL 60301

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tel: 708/848-1976
fax: +1 708 848 1248
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Garfield Park Conservatory

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Location:

300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624

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tel: +1 312 746 5100
fax: +1 773 638 1777
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Art Institute of Chicago

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Location:

111 S. Michigan Ave
At Adams St
Chicago, IL 60602

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tel: 312/443-3600
fax: +1 312 443 0849
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University of Chicago (The)

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Location:

5801 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

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tel: +1 773 702 1234
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Field Museum (The)

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Location:

1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Roosevelt Rd. and Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605-2496

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tel: +1 312 922 9410
fax: +1 312 665 7701
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Day 2 - Chicago


Chicago is such a culinary paradise you could spend your whole visit eating! You cannot leave Chicago without trying the famous Chicago deep dish pizza, but plenty of ethnic options, innovative contemporary dining, and comfy neighborhood diners will keep you satisfied.


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Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder

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2121 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-4613

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tel: (773) 248-2570
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Frontera Grill & Topolobampo

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Location:

445 N. Clark St
Between Illinois and Hubbard sts
Chicago, IL 60610

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tel: 312/661-1434
fax: +1 312 661 1830
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Lula Café

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Location:

2537 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60647

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tel: 773 489 9554
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Schwa Restaurant

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Location:

1466 North Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622

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tel: 1 773 252 1466
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Chicago Diner

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Location:

3411 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657

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tel: 1 773 395 6696
fax: 1 773 935 8149
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Day 3 - Chicago


No matter the day of the week, Chicagoans are ready to have fun. Across the city the melodies of jazz and blues pulsate from lounges and other music venues, laughter pours out of comedy clubs, glasses clink at local taverns, and DJ beats bump loudly from swanky clubs. If you plan to experience Chicago nightlife you will not be catching up on your zzz’s!


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Green Mill

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4802 North Broadway Avenue
At Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60640

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tel: +1 773 878 5552
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Second City

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Location:

1616 North Wells Street
In the Pipers Alley complex at North Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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tel: 312 664 4032 /3123373992
fax: 312 664 9837
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Schubas Tavern

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Location:

3159 North Southport Avenue
Between Belmont Avenue & Fletcher Street
Chicago, IL 60657

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tel: 773 525 2508
fax: 773 525 4573
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Smart Bar

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Location:

3730 North Clark Street
At Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

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tel: 773 549 4140
fax: +1 773 549 0337
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Hopleaf

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Location:

5148 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

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tel: 773 334 9851
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Day 4 - Chicago


It would be a shame to visit Chicago and not take in the fantastic performing talent. The city is home to some of the best actors, dancers, musicians, and comedians in the world, as well as classy, fancy, and modern theaters in great locations. The ornate Chicago Theatre and the Goodman Theatre (the oldest non-profit theater in the city) are only two blocks apart directly downtown; the relatively new and very modern Harris Theater is conveniently tucked away in Millennium Park; the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre resides on Navy Pier; and the breathtaking Auditorium Theatre shines in the South Loop.


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Goodman Theatre

Location:

170 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact:

tel: 312 4433800
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Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Location:

800 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact:

tel: +1 312 595 5600
fax: +1 312 595 5644
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Joan W Irving B. Harris Theater

Location:

205 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact:

tel: +1 312 334 2400
fax: +1 312 334 2498
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Auditorium Theatre

Location:

50 East Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605

Contact:

tel: 312 922 2110
fax: +1 312 431 2360
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Chicago Theatre

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Location:

175 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact:

tel: 312 443 1130
fax: +1 312 462 6364
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