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Things To Do In Chicago

In Chicago, as well as the surrounding areas like Geneva, Hillside, Lemont and Naperville, visitors can experience Midwestern golf at its finest. Enjoy a number of stunning private and public courses in a region rich with golf history.

City of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60601

Founded in 1981, iO (Formerly ImprovOlympic) is the world famous flashpoint of comic creativity that spawned an entire generation of America's best and brightest entertainers. Over 5000 people have trained and performed at iO's Chicago and Los Angeles theaters, including some of the most recognizable names in show business; Mike Myers, Chris Farley, David Koechner, Adam McKay, Tina Fey and many more.

1501 North Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 312-929-2401

At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference. They create experiences in which learning is fun. They are dedicated stewards, caring for animals, people and the living world. They engage, inspire, entertain and inform.

1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-939-2438

Wrigley Field is a baseball venue located in Chicago, Illinois, United States that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. It was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It was called Cubs Park between 1920 and 1926 before being renamed for then Cubs team owner and chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr.. Between 1921 and 1970, it was also the home of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. It hosted the second annual National Hockey League Winter Classic on January 1, 2009.

1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-404-2827

Chicago CityPass is the best deal in the Windy City, giving you discounted admission to five of the city's premier attractions. The Chicago CityPass ensures you'll get the most out of your vacation - yet it is so compact it will fit into your back pocket. It's all you need to see the best of Chicago!

See all the sights of Chicago at your own pace! On a Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour you can get off the bus at any scheduled stop to visit Chicago's most popular attractions, then pick up the tour where you left off or get on at any other regular stop on the route. For individuals and families, this is the best way to see the sites in a day! Special Offer - Price displayed currently includes a discount of 10% off the recommended retail price - BOOK NOW!

This comprehensive half-day tour is the perfect introduction to the Windy City. From the highlights of the North Side and South Shore, to driving virtually the entire length of the scenic Outer Drive, you'll come away with an overview of the best Chicago has to offer.

Step aboard the Chicago Dinner Cruise and enjoy a three-hour escape on Lake Michigan. Relaxing in the elegant ambiance that only a true luxury cruising vessel can provide, you'll sail along the lake shore and have unmatched views of the world-famous Chicago skyline.

Hop on the most innovative tour to hit Chicago in years! Gliding through the Windy City on an eco-friendly Segway is the coolest ride of the 21st century! Far easier than walking, and more unique and personalized than a coach tour, riding a Segway personal transporter is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This is the tour for those looking to experience the vitality and excitement of Chicago. You'll tour through Chicago's main business section, one of the financial centers of the world and always bustling with activity. You'll tour the famous "Loop" and State Street - the great street where Chicago's fame began.

Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors created during the Roaring '20s and see the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings in this two hour tour. Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement, and trace the history of lively architectural heritage.

Learn about Chicago's haunted past and see its mysterious sights as you glide through the city on a Segway at night! Venture through the dark with your local guide, and see alleys, hotels and sites of some of the most gruesome disasters and murders in Chicago's history. During your spooky adventure through the city, you'll also see Chicago's famous landmarks lit up in glistening lights.

Thrills and spills, murder and mayhem are all on the agenda on this fun but chilling nighttime Segway tour of Chicago. Guides become ghost hunters as you creep through the shadows to sites such as Haunted Fort Dearborn, Dead Alley and so many more.

Experience one of the world's most beautiful cities on a 1-hour cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture.

Discover Chicago from both land and water on this scenic half-day tour. Take a narrated coach tour through the city's South Side and see highlights including Grant Park, the Loop, the Shedd Aquarium and exclusive shopping areas and neighborhoods. Then, experience Chicago from the water! Cruise along the Chicago River in a beautiful streamliner yacht and admire views of the stunning city skyline.

Food & Drink In Chicago

One of Chicago's finest dining experiences awaits you in this elegant town home setting that balances formality and friendliness. Your dinner may be paired with fine wines as uncommon ingredients come together in harmony. In operation for 25 years, Les Nomades remains true to its distinctive character as an oasis of civilized tranquility amidst the bustling activity of its Streeterville location.

222 East Ontario
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-649-9010

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is a premier Spanish tapas restaurant with locations in both Chicago and Las Vegas. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is known for Tapas, the hot and cold appetizers of Spain; Paella, a typical Valencian rice dish served with vegetables and meat or seafood; and Sangria, Spain's famous wine "fiesta" drink made from fruit, wine and liquors.

2024 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-935-5000

TRU offers progressive French cuisine focusing on the freshest, most flavorful ingredients possible. The fare is served on a spectacular array of non-traditional surfaces produced by local and international artisans.

676 North Saint Clair
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-202-0001

RoSal's is about wonderful Sicilian food served in abundant portions. About remembering the sounds, aroma and flavors of the "old neighborhood". About a way of life for people who really appreciate their food and have come to expect great varieties of pasta, fish, cheese, meat and breads. The same variety and quality that make a journey through Italy and through RoSal's Italian Kitchen so rewarding.

1154 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-243-2357

Just "Topolo" - that's what people-in-the-know call it. Frontera Grill's sister restaurant, Topolobampo, shares the front door and bar. But then the sister flaunts her own. If Frontera rocks and claps, Topolo slinks. She is the quiet, sleek, classy sister. And she invites you into an elegant Mexican fantasy world and to dress up a notch for its incomparable, authentic, regional flavors.

445 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-661-1434

L2O is a modern seafood restaurant located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Divided into a number of distinct spaces, L2O offers guests a sense of intimacy and a variety of dining options. The dining room features a four-course prix fixe menu and a twelve course tasting menu. A lounge presents cocktails and a separate menu while the Tatami Room, an elevated secluded dining area with seats and tables sunken into the floor, will evoke a Japanese dining experience. An approachable, global wine list is also offered.

2300 Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-868-0002

Romantic fondue dining and nightly flamenco and classical guitar music draw diners to this cozy cafe. Entree fondues include shrimp, scallops, lobster, chicken and beef in various combinations.

340 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-281-9101

Sunda, opening in early 2009 in the bustling heart of Chicago's River North neighborhood, is at the vanguard of America's New-Asian cuisine movement. A casually stylish restaurant helmed by renowned Executive Chef Rodelio Aglibot (formerly the opening chef at Koi in Los Angeles), Sunda showcases the cuisine and culture surrounding the region known as the Sunda Shelf including modern and progressive takes on traditional dishes from Japan, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and more.

110 West Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-644-0500

With Kids In Chicago

If you know a little girl, you know you'll be making a pilgrimage to Michigan Avenue's big boutique for afternoon tea, a doll hair appointment or a musical review and some shopping.

835 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 877-247-5223

Just say the password at this speakeasy dinner show and you'll be transported back to the roaring twenties in Tommy Gun's Garage! You'll be entertained by gangsters and flappers, dancing the Charleston to the music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin. It's a night out in Chicago your family will never forget.

Feel the need for speed? This exhilarating speedboat ride takes you out onto Lake Michigan for the ride of a lifetime. Experience the roar of the 2000-horsepower engines as you race along Chicago's famous Lake Michigan. The best way to view Chicago is always from the lake!

Legoland Discovery Center, a giant indoor LEGO world designed for families with children aged 2 to 12, is located in Schaumburg, Illinois, about 30 miles from Chicago. The 30,000-square-foot attraction features activities ranging from hands-on LEGO play to life-sized LEGO adventures designed to provide several hours of family entertainment centered around the iconic interlocking colored bricks. Legoland combines LEGO model building and unusual construction challenges with theme park-like attractions such as the all-new Technicycle, Dragon Ride, Adventure Trail, and "Bob the Builder" 4D cinema incorporating fantastical LEGO creatures and LEGO-based special effects.

Open 356 days a year, this zoo offers regular Zoo Chats with zoo staff and Seven Seas Dolphin Shows. Don't miss the special Children's Zoo.

3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: 708-485-0263

Nightlife In Chicago

This lounge housed on the top floor of a funky River North building caters to a trendsetting crowd that's not afraid to flash some cash on champagne bottle service. Step outside to the small terrace and soak up views of the city skyline - it may only be on the eighth floor, but the southern city views at night are stunning.

116 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-329-9960

Buddy Guy is a blues legend himself, and his club has become a Chicago icon. Enjoy talented local musicians performing on weeknights, national acts on the weekends and yummy, down-home cooking everyday.

700 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-427-1190

Since, 1982, Metro has accomplished this goal repeatedly and established itself as one of the country's premier, cutting edge new music venues. Smart Bar began in 1982 as a way to bring new and exciting dance music and DJs to Chicago. Since then, Smart Bar has accomplished this goal repeatedly and established itself as one of the country's premier cutting edge nightclubs.

3730 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-549-4140

Two bands on two stages provide continuous music seven nights a week at Kingston Mines. This renowned blues mecca has been hosting legendary blues musicians since 1968. It also serves beer by the bucketful alongside New Orleans-style ribs and blackened chicken, among other entrees.

2548 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-477-4646

Original, live theater thrives in Chicago and the little stage on Halstead Street co-founded by Gary Sinise is where world-class scripts come to life.

1650 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-335-1650

115 Bourbon Street is the Southside's largest entertainment complex, where the Windy City meets the Big Easy. This incredible New Orleans themed complex opened in August of 1999 and has fast become one of the most popular places to party in the Chicagoland area.

3359 West 115th Street
Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: 708-388-8881

Shopping In Chicago

At Belmont and Clark streets, this legendary emporium carries obscure, cutting-edge rock and roll memorabilia, clothing, piercing jewelry and home decor items. Fiercely independent since 1971.

3228 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773-883-1800

For the kind of diamonds you won't find in Wrigley Field, browse the trove of dealers on Wabash Avenue between Washington and Monroe streets.

Wabash Avenue between Washington Street and Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: 312-567-8500

Head to Chicago Premium Outlets for an unparalleled collection of 120 designer and name brand stores! This tour takes you through the Prairie style outdoor center featuring Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Versace, MaxMara, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, Coach, Dooney and Bourke, and more.