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


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

Phone:

+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

Phone:

312/744-6630


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Chicago Cubs National League Baseball

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Location:

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

Phone:

+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

Phone:

312/922-3432


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DuSable Museum of African-American History

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Location:

740 E. 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60621

Phone:

773/947-0600


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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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Location:

951 Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60301

Phone:

708/848-1976


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Garfield Park Conservatory

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Location:

300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624

Phone:

+1 312 746 5100


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Art Institute of Chicago

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Location:

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

Phone:

312/443-3600


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University of Chicago (The)

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Location:

5801 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Phone:

+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

Phone:

+1 312 922 9410


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

Phone:

(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

Phone:

312/661-1434


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Lula Café

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Location:

2537 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60647

Phone:

773 489 9554


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Schwa Restaurant

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Location:

1466 North Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622

Phone:

1 773 252 1466


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Chicago Diner

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Location:

3411 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657

Phone:

1 773 395 6696


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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Location:

4802 North Broadway Avenue
At Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60640

Phone:

+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

Phone:

312 664 4032 /3123373992


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Schubas Tavern

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Location:

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

Phone:

773 525 2508


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Smart Bar

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Location:

3730 North Clark Street
At Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Phone:

773 549 4140


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Hopleaf

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Location:

5148 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

Phone:

773 334 9851


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

Phone:

312 4433800


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Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Location:

800 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone:

+1 312 595 5600


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Joan W Irving B. Harris Theater

Location:

205 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone:

+1 312 334 2400


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Auditorium Theatre

Location:

50 East Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone:

312 922 2110


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Chicago Theatre

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Location:

175 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone:

312 443 1130


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