The cubbies, deep-dish pizza, and Grant Park: just three things that put one of our country’s most beautiful cities on the world’s radar. Chicago paints a pretty picture with its skyline and views over shimmering Lake Michigan. The city is chock-full of Art Deco buildings that date back to the Al Capone era in the 20s.
Like the John Hancock Observatory and Water Tower, many are huddled on the prestigious Magnificent Mile. But you can still find breathing space from city life in green havens like Millennium Park, home to the bean-shaped Cloud Gate, or head to the 103rd-floor viewing deck at the Willis Tower to appreciate Chicago’s urban beauty.
If you’re visiting during the summer, check out the festivals this city loves to put on, from Taste of Chicago and Pitchfork Music Fest to the big daddy of them all, Lollapalooza. This windy city hunkers down in the winter unless the Bears are playing football, in which case shirtless guys will brave sub-zero temperatures to cheer on their boys at Soldier Field. No matter what you’re into, Chicago has it all!