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.
Visit the outer reaches of the universe at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the first planetarium in the United States. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the planetarium and astronomy museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world's most important antique astronomical instrument collections on display.
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.
The permanent collection of this encyclopedic art museum features one of the world's finest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and is home to iconic paintings by such artists as Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Georges Seurat, Salvador Dali and many others.
Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre Park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers.
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.
Proudly referred to as Chicago's front yard, Grant Park is among the city's loveliest and more prominent parks. Encompassing three museums and other public spaces, the centerpiece of the park is the Buckingham Fountain, built in 1927 to provide a monumental focal point while protecting the park's lakefront views.
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.
Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge's glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. Experience Chicago with spectacular views spanning up to four states. The Skydeck also features interactive exhibits.
Steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America's Gilded Age. The galleries, elegantly furnished with period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection, are presented in harmony with the interiors and surviving furnishings, immersing visitors in the original splendor of this late 19th-century home.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xoco - pronounced "SHO-ko" - is the Aztec word for "little sister." But there's nothing little about Xoco's bold Mexican marketplace flavors. Open early and closing late, this quick-service café from Rick and Deann Bayless proffers contemporary expressions of Mexico's most beloved street food and snacks: flaky empanadas, hot-from-the-fryer churros, frothy Mexican hot chocolate, crusty tortas and meal-in-a-bowl caldos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Formerly known as NV Penthouse Lounge, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.