The character of Chicago is found in its neighborhoods' enduring communities strung along the western shore of Lake Michigan like gleaming pearls. The wide variety of ethnic identities and cultural enclaves is a point of pride for the Windy City, a place that has battled from its swampy beginnings to take its place among America's top metropolises.
Chicago has arrived as the modern center of commerce, industry and culture in the nation's midsection. Start anywhere - Chinatown on the South Side, trendy Wicker Park west of the Loop, or the attractions and architecture on the North Side-then take the celebrated 'L' trains, ubiquitous taxis, buses, Metra trains, a Segway tour, or a lakefront bicycle tour to explore further.
The Windy City's lively architectural heritage is one of the most appealing things about the city. See and hear about the dozens of skyscrapers lining the Chicago River, including the Sears Tower and the Tribune Tower - and enjoy a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan - on a Chicago River/Lake Michigan architecture tour, or learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement on a Downtown Chicago Deco tour. If theatre is a priority, catch a musical at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, or an improv show at iO Theater, a comedy hotbed where some of some of the most recognizable names in show business have performed. Other Chicago attractions and activities include a number of stunning private and public golf courses in the surrounding areas, the historic Wrigley Field, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium.