Chicago is a city with an appetite—for food, of course, but also for design, history, and culture. Come here to marvel at the cutting-edge architecture or take in the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan; to spend a day cheering with baseball fans and a night laughing at a comedy show; to shop, to visit renowned institutions like the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium, and to experience the legendary blues scene. To do all this, you'll need nourishment: taste deep-dish pizza, piled-high hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and more.
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Things You Can’t Miss
Contemplate the deep thoughts of the anonymous diners of one of America’s most important and timeless paintings: Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.”
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The Map Room is a great, friendly bar with 200 types of beer representing 36 brewing styles, and a proper glass is always used for each style of beer.
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Chicago is an architectural showstopper, and I love to stay downtown to be surrounded by the swirl of art deco buildings and gleaming 20th-century towers.
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Discover his unique architecture from California to New York.
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Gaze at the reflected city skyline in Anish Kapoor's iconic, three-story sculpture, Cloud Gate, at this recent addition to Chicago's downtown area.
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What better way to enjoy a family vacation than to visit some of America's best ballparks?
For views as spectacular as those at the Willis Tower, and lines about half the size, this architectural gem in Chicago's northeast is a must visit.
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Leslie Baldacci recounts her Lake Michigan trip with her friends and provides top picks for Lake Michigan area attractions.
Logan Square's sweeping boulevards make for some of Chicago’s best walking. Jump on the Blue Line and discover all that this neighborhood has to offer.
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In the mood for comedy? Take the Brown Line over to Old Town for a night of laughs at Second City Theater – home of Chicago improv for over 50 years.
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