With nearly 2.7 million residents, Chicago is the third most populous city in the U.S. The metropolitan area is home to 9.5 million people. This huge, diverse populace influences every aspect of Chicago’s rich culture, from food and music to outdoor events and the arts.
Arts & Culture
Chicago's theater community is the birthplace of modern improvisational theater; and blues, soul, jazz, and gospel are deeply rooted in Chicago’s cultural heritage. The city was also at the center of industrial, punk, and new wave music in the ’80s and has an influential hip-hop scene today.
Museum Campus is a 10-acre lakefront park containing the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium. Museum Campus joins Grant Park, where the Art Institute of Chicago and Buckingham Fountain are located.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Chicago’s 7,300 acres of municipal parkland, 33 sand beaches along Lake Michigan, and the Cook County Forest Preserves in nearby Brookfield.
Dining & Entertainment
For upscale shopping, there’s the Magnificent Mile and State Street. Navy Pier houses retail stores, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls, an auditorium, and a 150-foot Ferris wheel.
Regional specialties such as the deep-dish pizza and the Chicago-style hot dog are long-time favorites, but Chicago also has numerous upscale dining establishments as well as many ethnic restaurant districts.
The city is home to the Cubs and the White Sox (baseball), the Bears (football), the Blackhawks (hockey), and the Bulls (basketball).
Thanks to a vibrant culture and a history rich in the arts, there’s always something exciting to do in Chicago.