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More than 42 kilometers of lakefront frame Chicago's stunning urban skyline. Here in the heart of the Midwest, the nation’s third-largest city boasts soaring skyscrapers and colorful neighborhoods against a backdrop of sandy beaches and beautiful parks. This cosmopolitan playground bursts with things to do. Sightseeing options range from Chicago icons – such as Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate, Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain and Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel – to fascinating history and architecture tours.


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Chicago's North Shore

Bordering Chicago, north along the shores of Lake Michigan, find numerous attractions including the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Baha’i House of Worship and the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Chicago’s elevated train brings you to Evanston, a lively city that’s home to Northwestern University.

Heritage Corridor & Route 66

Travel back in time on Route 66, nicknamed ‘America’s Main Street’. Revisit history along the Illinois & Michigan Canal, which is lined with state parks, historic sites and landscapes from rolling hills to bluffs. Discover the steep sandstone canyons and wooded trails of Starved Rock State Park.


Just 60 minutes from Chicago O’Hare Airport, Rockford is the place to slow down and relax. Explore the Anderson Japanese Gardens, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House and the Coronado Theater. Kayak on the Rock River and play golf on 11 courses.


Just 20 miles from Chicago, discover a tapestry of charming small towns with lush trails, family-friendly museums, zoos, parks and outdoor recreation. Enjoy fine dining, shopping and upscale accommodation, along with easy access to Route 66 and O’Hare International Airport.

Gino’s East Pizzeria

Gino's East is one of the best places in Chicago to try the world famous deep-dish style pizza. Foodies in-the-know consider a trip here a Chicago essential. There are multiple locations across town.
Adresse: 162 E Superior St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 266 3337
Åpningstider: Sun–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm

Le Colonial

Le Colonial offers French-influenced Vietnamese cuisine in an elegant setting. High ceilings, louvred shutters and rotating fans transport you to a time forgone, all the while treating you to an exquisite French-Vietnamese fusion menu.
Adresse: 57 E Oak St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 255 0088


Spiaggia is one of Chicago’s finest Italian restaurants, based in a glamorous setting on the Magnificent Mile. They have an award-winning wine list, and chef Tony Mantuano creates superb dishes to match.
Adresse: 980 N Michigan, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 280 2750

Portillo's Hot Dogs

Portillo is a Chicago favorite, famous for its hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and other delicious casual dining options. There is an outdoor patio where you can enjoy your food when the weather permits.
Adresse: 100 W Ontario, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 587 8910
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–midnight


Tempo is an all-day and all-night restaurant on the trendy Gold Coast, with fabulous breakfast and brunch fare. The place is extremely popular, so it tends to get crowded at weekends. Cash only.
Adresse: 6 E Chestnut, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 943 4373
Åpningstider: Mon 6:30am–2:30pm, Tue–Sun 6:30am–8:30pm

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

Enjoy a good steak at this classic American steakhouse, and come with an empty stomach – the staff serve huge portions. On the menu you will also find fresh seafood, a variety of side orders and tasty desserts. The atmosphere is vibrant and friendly, and great for people-watching.
Adresse: 1028 N Rush St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 266 8999
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–close

Uno Chicago Grill

Uno first started in Chicago in 1943, when Ike Sewell developed deep dish pizza and opened a new type of family-friendly restaurant at the corner of Ohio & Wabash. It was here that Ike served a pizza unlike any other that had been served before.
Adresse: 29 E Ohio, Chicago
Telefon: + 1 312 321 1000

Frontera Grill

Frontera Grill uses beautiful ingredients, often organic and custom-grown, to bring diners the bold flavors and immediate freshness that jump off the tongue–just as they do in Mexico. In 1994, Frontera Grill was ranked the world's third-best casual dining restaurant by the International Herald Tribune. In 2007, Frontera Grill won the James Beard Foundation's "Outstanding Restaurant" award, designating it the best restaurant in the U.S. In 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a study in the art of Mexican cookery".
Adresse: 445 N Clark St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 661 1434
Åpningstider: Tue–Fri 11:30am–9pm, Sat & Sun 10:30am–9pm

The Purple Pig

The Purple Pig provides exceptional fare in a lively environment, and at decent prices. On the menu you will find tasty dishes such as the Berkshire pork chop with fava salata and pork osso bucco with soft polenta and gremolata. Bon appétit.
Adresse: 444. N Michigan Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 464 1744
Åpningstider: Sun–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm

Shaw's Crab House

Shaw's Crab House is two establishments in one – a sophisticated seafood restaurant and a lively oyster bar. Here you'll be treated to fresh fish, shellfish, oysters and sushi. The place can get packed, so do make a reservation.
Adresse: 21 E Hubbard St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 527 2722
Åpningstider: Mon–Thu 11:30am–9pm, Fri 11:30am–10pm, Sat 10:30–10pm, Sun 10:30am–9pm

Big Bowl

If you're craving Chinese or Thai food with a craft beer on the side, head over to Big Bowl. The friendly staff serve fresh food at reasonable prices. The atmosphere is cozy, and the food is delicious with a focus on Asian flavors.
Adresse: 60 E Ohio St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 951 1888
Åpningstider: Sun–Thu 11:30am–8pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am–9pm

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Indulge in authentic Spanish tapas at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. The menu also offers other traditional dishes like paella, and, to wash it all down, try the Spanish drink sangria. Every Saturday and Sunday, a Spanish brunch is served. This is a restaurant where you can enjoy quality food for a reasonable price.
Adresse: 2024 N Halsted St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 935 5000
Åpningstider: Mon–Thu 4pm–9pm, Fri 11:30am–11pm, Sat 10am–11pm, Sun 10am–9pm

Middle Brow Beer Co.

At Middle Brow Beer Co. you'll be able to couple a pint of ale with slices of pizza. Their beer selection includes their Trademark Brut, an India pale ale, and their Bloc Party Raz, a tart wheat beer with raspberries. The pizza menu rotates to feature seasonal toppings.
Adresse: 2840 Armitage Avenue, Logan Square, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 687 9076
Åpningstider: Wed–Fro 8am–9pm, Sat 9am–8pm, Sun 9am–7pm

Jeong Restaurant

Sporting classy interiors almost entirely in dark wood, Jeong offers a tasting menu that features salmon tartare, 'bok bun ja', a fruity Korean wine, and 'goguma', a pudding made with roasted Korean sweet potatoes. There are also á-la-carte options, including pulled duck confit, sashimi and pork dumplings with fermented vegetables and spices.
Adresse: 1460 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 877 5016
Åpningstider: Wed–Sat 5pm–9:30pm

Cafe Selmarie

At Cafe Selmarie you can dive into cakes, pastries, tarts, cookies, and some healthy comfort food. They do not only have delicious desserts, but also a full-service espresso bar and Intelligentsia coffee.
Adresse: 4729 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 989 5595


Atwood offers customers an original interpretation of American cuisine. At this stylish hotel restaurant you can find something for everyone, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.
Adresse: 1 W Washington St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 368 1900

Gallery Cafe

Located in the Wicker Park / Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, this locally-owned coffee shop roasts all of its own coffee beans. Affordable breakfasts and lunches are made to order, with vegetarian options available. The cafe also displays works by local artists. Wi-Fi available.
Adresse: 1760 W North Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 252 8228
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 8am–3pm
Transport: Blue Line to Damen O'Hare

The Wormhole Cafe

Enjoy your coffee while checking out the Wormhole's collection of 80s memorabilia, from retro movie posters to the 'Back to the Future' DeLorean. Also serves breakfast and lunch.
Adresse: 1462 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 661 2468
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–11pm

Pick Me Up Cafe

This late-night diner and espresso bar is located close to Wrigley Field. A local favorite, Pick Me Up also has a full bar and serves a wide variety of menu options, including vegan. Street parking is available.
Adresse: 3408 N Clark St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 248 6613
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–10pm, Sat & Sun 8am–10pm
Transport: Red Line to Addison or Belmont; Brown Line to Belmont or Southport; or Purple Line to Belmont

Bridgeport Coffee Company

Bridgeport Coffee Company was founded in 2004. They roast their own coffee beans, which are sold to coffee bars and restaurants in Chicago and throughout the U.S. With a commitment to providing organic, fair trade products, Bridgeport Coffee Company has been named the Best Coffee Shop in Chicago by TimeOut Chicago. Also serves breakfast and lunch.
Adresse: 3101 S Morgan St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 247 9950


Intelligentsia branded coffee is served all over Chicago, but why not go straight to the source? Always a smart choice. While Intelligentsia is now a national chain with locations in Los Angeles and New York, this high-end coffee roaster opened its flagship location on North Broadway in Chicago in 1995.
Adresse: 1233 N Wells St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 229 1400
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–6pm

Star Lounge Coffee Bar

With an ever-rotating menu of uniquely-flavored coffees, Star Lounge Coffee Bar serves Dark Matter Coffee, which is locally roasted by the owner. Come for the coffee and stay for the artsy atmosphere and friendly staff.
Adresse: 2521 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 384 7827

Julius Meinl Restaurant and Cafe

Julius Meinl brings the atmosphere of a Viennese coffee house to Chicago. A well-known brand in Vienna, Austria and Central Europe, Julius Meinl Coffee is served in many leading cafes in Vienna. They also offer delicious Viennese dishes and pastries from the Julius Meinl Patisserie.
Adresse: 3601 N Southport Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 868 1857

The Coffee Studio

The Coffee Studio is a modern, independent espresso bar focused on expertly crafting delicious drinks and snacks from fresh locally-roasted coffee beans and simple, flavorful ingredients. Now serving wine and craft beers.
Adresse: 5628 N Clark St in Andersonville, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 271 7881

Beverly Bakery

Beverly Bakery's custom coffees are brewed fresh daily and can also be ordered online. Stop by for breakfast or order a delicious pastry to go with your coffee.
Adresse: 10528 S Western Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 238 5580
Åpningstider: Tue–Fri 7am–2pm, Sat–Sun 8am–2pm

Grand Lux Cafe

Indulgence and variety are the key words to define Grand Lux Cafe. Their menu features dishes from across the globe, including Thai, Malaysian, Caribbean, European, and classic American. Aside from ample portions that are perfect for sharing, Grand Lux Cafe also features several signature drinks and a wide selection of spirits to enhance your meal.
Adresse: 600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 276 2500
Åpningstider: Sun–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri 11am–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm

The Perfect Cup

For a great cup of coffee, try the Perfect Cup. They have coffee classics like lattes and espressos, as well as house specialties. They also offer a light breakfast or lunch, as well as delectable pastries.
Adresse: 4700 N Damen Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 989 4177
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 7am–5pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 8am–6pm

Blues Festival (June)

The annual Blues Festival is Chicago's biggest music festival, and the largest one in the entire world to not charge an admission fee. Attendees number in the hundreds of thousands.
Adresse: Millennium Park
Åpningstider: June 8-10, 2018
Billetter: Free admission

Gospel Music Festival (June)

Bringing together the traditional and modern takes on the gospel genre rooted in Chicago's history, the Gospel Music Festival features performers from across the nation. Admission is free of charge.
Adresse: Millenium Park & Chicago Cultural Center
Åpningstider: June 1-2, 2018
Billetter: Free admission

Taste of Chicago (July)

A grand-scale happening showcasing all Chicago's vibrant dining scene has to offer, with live music and entertainment to go along.
Adresse: Grant Park
Åpningstider: July 11-15, 2018

Chicago Jazz Festival (August-September)

A Labour Day weekend celebration of the jazz genre featuring performers from all across the nation.
Adresse: Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park
Åpningstider: August 30-September 2, 2018

Chicago Gourmet (September)

A celebration of all things food, Chicago Gourmet features lectures and workshops by prominent chefs, seminars on wine and mixology, VIP culinary experiences, and delightful tastings.
Adresse: Millenium Park
Åpningstider: September 28-30, 2018

World Music Festival Chicago (September)

The United States' largest and longest-lasting international music festival takes place in Chicago, introducing guests and city residents to music genres and instruments from all across the globe. Events take place at venues across the city.
Åpningstider: September 7-23, 2018

Chicago Marathon (October)

With up to 45,000 yearly participants, the Chicago Marathon is among the global six World Marathon Majors.
Åpningstider: October 7, 2018

Chicago International Film Festival (October)

The Chicago International Film Festival brings motion pictures from the across the world (and the state of Illinois) to the Windy City, showcasing the best of the world's cinematographic endeavor within a space of 2 exciting weeks.
Transport: October 11-25, 2018

Christkindlmarket Chicago (November-December)

Following the European (German) tradition of open-air Christmas markets, Chicago now boasts one of its own, with an additional location in Naperville.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (December)

Zoo grounds come to life every year around the Christmas holiday season, with spectacular light displays and shows, as well as entertainment for the whole family.

Architectural River Cruise

It’s one thing to gaze at Chicago’s famed skyline, and another altogether to view it on Chicago, Illinois’ popular architecture tour, the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. See the city’s iconic structures from the perspective of the Chicago River, where the skyline unfolds before you as you learn about each building’s architectural features and place in local history.
Adresse: Michigan Avenue & The River, Chicago
Telefon: +1 847 358 1330
Åpningstider: Seasonal, see home page for more information:

The Field Museum

Visit the Galapagos, walk through a hall of glittering gems, step inside an earth lodge, or encounter the elaborate masks of the Pacific Islands: There’s so much to see and do at The Field Museum, a world-class natural history museum in the vibrant city of Chicago, Illinois. From temporary exhibits for traveling shows to an extensive collection of artifacts, The Field Museum showcases a variety of habitats, cultures, plants and animals throughout its hallowed halls.
Adresse: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 922 9410
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-5pm

Shedd Aquarium

It is at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where you can stroll among the winding waters of the Amazon River, the legendary coral reefs of the Caribbean, the coastal beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the icy majesty of the Arctic – all in one visit. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of downtown Chicago, Shedd Aquarium will transport you to aquatic wonders from all corners of the globe.
Adresse: 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 939 2438

Navy Pier

With museums, theaters, parks, gardens and the iconic Centennial Wheel, it’s a perfect complement to the rich history and vibrant energy of Chicago. Navy Pier welcomes new events and features to its beloved location on the Lake Michigan waterfront, reflecting a dynamic city that continues to reinvent itself. There’s something for everyone here, whether you like to shop, ride, sightsee, cruise or stroll.
Adresse: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 595 7437
Åpningstider: Opening hours vary by season:

Robie House

This 1909 creation is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous houses in the prairie style. It was designated by Wright himself as “the cornerstone of modern architecture”.
Adresse: 5757 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 994 4000

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

Although still commonly referred to as Sears Tower, North America's tallest building was renamed Willis Tower in 2009 after Willis Group Holdings, a global insurance broker whose Midwest offices are housed there. In addition to being North America's tallest building, it is the third-tallest building in the entire world. It was constructed in 1974, designed by architect Bruce Graham. The building's Skydeck is a great place to admire a stunning view.
Adresse: 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 875 9696

Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate n Millennium Park is also commonly referred to as "The Bean" because of its bean-like shape. It is one of the largest sculptures of its kind in the world, made from stainless steel plates. The sculpture's surface reflects the city's skyline and people around like a giant mirror.
Adresse: 201 E Randolph St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 742 1168

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is free, open every day of the year and offers something for everyone. Here you can take a stroll through Chicago’s most visited gardens and meet animals from around the world. There is also an on-site cafe with pleasant refreshments.
Adresse: 2001 N Clark Street, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 742 2000

Grant Park

Grant Park is often referred to as "Chicago’s front yard”, and is popular park among both tourists and locals. It is here that you will find some of the city's most popular attractions, including Buckingham Fountain, Millenium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. This is also a place where many events take place, like the Chicago Blues Festival and The Taste of Chicago – the largest food festival in the world.
Adresse: 337 E Randolph Street, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 742 3918

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is beautifully located on the Navy Pier, and offers an amazing view over the city. It is a small theater full of energy and drama that puts on shows with exceptionally talented actors.
Adresse: 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 595 5600

Lake Michigan

Walking along the lake shore is just one of those things you should not miss when visiting Chicago. Lake Michigan is huge and feels more like a sea (larger in area than Denmark and Croatia). In the summer, people take out boats onto the lake, and go biking, walking or just enjoying the sun along its shore, which creates a beach-like atmosphere. There are lots of activities around, such as sailing, water taxi, early dinner cruises and night cruises.
Adresse: Lake Michigan, Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is, at over 37,000 square meters, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, with more than five hectares of exhibits. MSI is a vibrant institution with tons of dynamic displays, interactive exhibits and tours for everyone in your group, both kids and adults.
Adresse: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 684 1414
Åpningstider: Daily 9.30am-4pm

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Step inside and enjoy amazing flowers from all around the world at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Here you will find tropical palms, exotic plants and flowers. No matter the time of the year, this park conservatory is always green and lush. Admission is free.
Adresse: 2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 742 7736

Museum of Contemporary Art

Free guided tours and audio tours are available to help visitors fully experience their tour of the largest contemporary art museums in the U.S., which also features special programs in a 300-seat theater and a cafe owned by Wolfgang Puck.
Adresse: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 280 2660
Åpningstider: Tue 10am–9pm, Wed–Thu 10am–5pm, Fri 10am–9pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm

Auditorium Building and Theatre

This historic Chicago landmark has a story to tell, and is still a functioning theater where you can watch ballet, concerts and drama performances. The Auditorium Building was designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler and completed in 1889.
Adresse: 50 E Congress Parkway, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 922 2110

Brookfield Zoo

Operated by the Chicago Zoological Society, the Brookfield Zoo offers several fun and educational activities for the whole family.
Adresse: 8400 31st St, Brookfield
Telefon: +1 800 201 0784
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field in Chicago has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916, making it one of the oldest ballparks still in operation, second only to Fenway Park in Boston.
Adresse: 1060 W Addison St, Chicago

Soldier Field

Originally opened in 1924, Soldier Field was known as one of the great venues during the "Golden Age of Sports" and one of Chicago's most famous landmarks. Now, decades later, Soldier Field promises to continue the tradition of hosting exciting sporting and special events.
Adresse: 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 235 7000

United Center

The United Center, home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, is the largest arena in the United States. Since opening, the United Center has hosted over 200 events each year and has hosted over forty million guests since its opening in 1994.
Adresse: 1901 W Madison St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 455 4500

Chicago Fire Soccer Club / Toyota Park

Chicago Fire Soccer Club is a Major League Soccer (MLS) based in Chicago. The organization is named for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and was founded in 1997. In their first league season in 1998, the Fire won the MLS Cup as well as the U.S. Open Cup (the "double"). They have also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006; in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters' Shield. Toyota Park is the Fire's home stadium. Since the fall of 2011, the Chicago Bliss of the Lingerie Football League have also played in Toyota Park before making the Sears Center their home arena.
Adresse: 7000 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview
Telefon: +1 708 594 7200

Adler Planetarium

Built in 1930, The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Illinois, was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and is the oldest in existence today. From daily programs to exhibitions and special lectures, there are admission passes to fit your individual interests.
Adresse: 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 922 7827
Åpningstider: Mon–Sun 9.30am-4pm

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck

Windy City’s extraordinary observatory on the 94th floor of the historic John Hancock Center offers 360-degree views of the iconic Chicago, Illinois skyline and beyond. When the weather is clear, you can see up to 80 kilometers and all the way to four different states. Check out the newly opened TILT experience, which has you step up to a full-length window that slowly tilts from the building right out over the city at a 30-degree angle.
Adresse: 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 888 875 8439
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-11pm; admission ends 10.30pm
Transport: CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) buses run along Michigan Avenue 24 hours a day. CTA Red Line train stop, located right on Chicago and State.

Unity Temple

The only public service building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie period still remaining, Unity Temple is made of reinforced concrete. There are two separates parts to the building: the Unity Temple, for worship, made of high, skylit spaces, and Unity House, an are for congregation social gatherings that is connected by an entry-level foyer. Of the temple, Wright said: "Unity Temple makes an entirely new architecture — and is the first expression of it. That is my contribution to modern architecture". Advanced tickets are recommended.
Adresse: 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Telefon: +1 312 994 4000

Art Institute of Chicago

With over 300,000 works of art in its collection, the museum has something for everyone, and continues to be ranked among the world's best. Look for Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” or Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Sky above Clouds” – just a few of the beloved American paintings in the collection. The museum has the largest Impressionist collection outside of Paris, including works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Georges Seurat, as well as a remarkable international modern and contemporary collections, with art and artifacts spanning 5,000 BC to the present.
Adresse: 111 South Michigan Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 443 3600
Åpningstider: Fri-Wed 10.30am-5pm, Thu 10.30am-8pm

Big Bus Tours

With a flexible hop-on, hop-off policy, engaging guides and comfortable, open-top buses, exploring Chicago’s best attractions and sights is as easy as it gets with Big Bus Tours. Choose a one-, or multi-day ticket, and you’ll get the time and the insider’s knowledge to size up the city on your own schedule. Big Bus Tours also offers handicap accessibility, pre-recorded Spanish audio tours and even a free cup of hand-roasted coffee from one of Chicago’s finest, Corner Bakery. No worries if you want to spend hours at landmark attractions such as Navy Pier or Millennium Park; stops are frequent and many, making it possible for you to experience the key destinations in Chicago on your own terms.
Telefon: +1 877 285 4796
Åpningstider: Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm

Le Colonial Lounge

Le Colonial isn't only a refined dining establishment, but also a lounge featuring a chic bar popular with the young, clubby set. It is located upstairs from the restaurant of the same name. The staff serve tasty cocktails in a comfortable and romantic setting.
Adresse: 937 North Rush Street, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 255 0088


Luxbar is a sophisticated two-story bar that features elegant marble floors and tables, mahogany walls and a stunning marble staircase that makes you feel like a movie star. Serves dinner as well as inventive cocktails.
Adresse: 18 East Bellevue Place, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 642 3400
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 11am–midnight, Sat & Sun 9am–midnight

The Original Mother’s

Division street is known for its bar scene, and Mother’s does not disappoint. A large venue with stylish antique sofas and easy chairs out front, with a lively dance floor in the back. Versatile, with karaoke nights as well as indie short film festivals. The famed setting for the 1986 cult film, “About Last Night”.
Adresse: 26 West Division Street, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 642 7251

House of Blues

House of Blues is an international chain of clubs, which promote current rock bands and other various acts performing jazz, blues, soul, funk and pop music.
Adresse: 329 North Dearborn, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 923 2000

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Buddy Guy's Legends is a world-famous live blues club named for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend, Buddy Guy. This is the place to go for blues!
Adresse: 700 South Wabash Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 427 1190

Jazz Showcase

Jazz Showcase is a famous venue for live Chicago jazz since 1947. showcasing local and international talent. Matinees with special discounts for students, seniors and musicians on Sundays.
Adresse: 806 South Plymouth Ct., Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 360 0234

The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is a legendary live music venue with different varieties of jazz in a 1940s-style lounge. They capture jazz from New York to New Orleans.
Adresse: 4802 North Broadway, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 878 5552

Cubby Bear Lounge

The Cubby Bear is located right across the street from Wrigley Field, and anyone hanging out in one of the club's private rooms has a view of the field. This is the place to be to catch all of the action after a Cubs game. Live bands perform regularly. Check the club's website for a list of performances. This late-night venue also serves lunch.
Adresse: 1059 W. Addison, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 327 1662
Åpningstider: Wed–Sun 11am–1am, Mon & Tue closed
Transport: Red Line to Addison of Sheridan; Brown Line to Southport

Redhead Piano Bar

Gather around the piano and sing along to live music. The Redhead Piano Bar's intimate atmosphere is conducive to connecting with old and new friends over a drink and a song. Business casual attire is required.
Adresse: 16 W. Ontario Street, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 640 1000
Åpningstider: Wed–Sunday 6pm–1am

Kingston Mines

This is the place to go for live blues music. Kingston Mines has been around since 1968, and this is one blues locale that really delivers. Stay all night, since the music doesn't stop, with bands rotating on two stages. Kingston Mines also has a late-night kitchen serving a full menu. Make sure to try the BBQ ribs.
Adresse: 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 477 4647
Åpningstider: Thu–Sat 6pm–1am
Transport: Brown Line or Purple Line to Fullerton or Diversey


With nearly nightly live shows, Metro has been a staple of the Chicago music scene since it first opened in 1982, and has hosted major acts as well as promoted up-and-coming artists from the Chicago area and all over the nation. Smart Bar is located on the basement floor of Metro and follows the same principle of promoting artists on the rise. Come here Wednesday through Sunday nights to dance to some of the hottest DJs Chicago has to offer.
Adresse: 3730 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 549 0203
Transport: Red Line to Addison Stop

Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret

Davenport's is definitely the place to go for entertainment and atmosphere, with a piano bar located in the front room, and a cabaret in the back.
Adresse: 1383 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Telefon: + 1 773 278 1830

The J. Parker

Enjoy your drink with class and a spectacular view in one of the lounges of The J. Parker, sitting above the Lincoln Hotel.
Adresse: 1816 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 254 4747

Three Dots and a Dash

Owner of Three Dots and a Dash Paul McGee is one of Chicago's favorite mixologist. His newest Polynesian-island themed bar centers around a 16 drink menu, focusing on eight classics and eight new creations, and has a Hawaiian tiki bar feel. Make sure to try the famous Painkiller No. 3 and enjoy some snacks. It's a great place to mingle with Chicagoans.
Adresse: 435 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Telefon: +1 312 610 4220

Billy Sunday

When mixologist Alex Bachman and Yusho eatery chef Matthias Merges joined forces, they created Billy Sunday, a cozy, high concept antique-accented cocktail bar. Their drink menu features unique ingredients such as quince, grenadine, and ambergris-laced palm sugar; their food menu has items like pig ears and a chicken liver spread. Each of their 10 signature drinks feature different spirits. If you prefer more straight up beverages, they are able to accommodate all tastes.
Adresse: 3143 West Logan Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60647
Telefon: +1 773 661 2485
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 3pm-1am

The Berkshire Room

Located in the Acme Hotel, the Berkshire Room is a popular night spot for Chicagoans. Benjamin Schiller’s Blue Collar Lagers menu has become famous for its variety and delicious offers. Executive Chef Chris Curren offers delicious food to complement the fantastic drink menu. Try the the Dealer’s Choice: you choose the liquor, flavor, and glassware, and the bartender crafts your drink from there.
Adresse: 15 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Telefon: +1 312 894 0945
Åpningstider: Tue–Thu 5pm–12am, Fri 5pm–1am, Sat 4pm–1am

Parson's Chicken & Fish

Parson's Chicken & Fish is a delightfully hip bar that features a friendly outdoor atmosphere (weather and season permitting) and a great mix of food and drinks. Signature Negroni Slushies are a popular item. If you don't try a Negroni Slushie, then opt for a Smoky Paloma; its ingredients include tequila, St. Germain, lime juice, San Pellegrino Pompelmo, mezcal, and salt.
Adresse: 2952 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Telefon: +1 773 384 3333
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–9pm

Punch House

Punch House is a 1970s recreational room-themed basement bar. The laid back atmosphere makes the bar a great place to relax after a busy day out on the town. Try the Garrick Club: gin, cherry liqueur, raw sugar, lemon juice, and carbonation.
Adresse: 1227 West 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Telefon: +1 312 526 3851

The Magnificent Mile

A mile of exclusive luxury shops along North Michigan Avenue: Gucci, Escada, Prada, Cartier and all the other internationally famous high-end shops are represented here.
Adresse: N Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Bloomingdale’s Building

This is an eight-story shopping structure with upscale, luxury shops, including the Chicago flagship Bloomingdale’s location. It also houses restaurants and cinemas.
Adresse: 900 N Michigan, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 915 3916
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Water Tower Place

This is sophisticated shopping in a spectacular eight-level atrium building. Situated across from the Chicago Water tower, which is one of the only surviving structures of the 1871 great Chicago fire. There are restaurants and a cinema on-site.
Adresse: 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 440 3166
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Broadway & Clark Street

An assortment of chic, funky shops extend for several blocks west on Broadway, and north and south on Clark Street. Vintage clothing shops, stylish one-of-a-kind boutiques, and edgy shops with motorcycle gear inspired clothes and accessories all converge in these few blocks.
Adresse: 3200 North Clark, Chicago
Åpningstider: 10am-6pm for most shops

Piper's Alley

Having undergone several renovations over the years, this four-story mall located in historical Old Town Chicago was originally built in the 1970s. In addition to containing restaurants and shops, it is also the home to Second City, the renowned improvisational comedy group that has launched the careers of several famous comedians, such as SNL stars Chris Farley, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd and Tina Fey as well as "The Office" star Steve Carell. Catch a show today to glimpse tomorrow's comedy stars.
Adresse: 210 W North Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 337 0436

Andersonville Galleria

Part gallery, part boutique mall, find virtually everything at one of the nearly 100 locally-owned shops located at Andersonville Galleria. Located in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, it features deli, clothing, accessories, and home furnishings at some of its unique stores.
Adresse: 5247 N Clark St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 878 8570
Transport: Red Line to Berwyn stop

Block Thirty Seven

Five stories and an entire city block of shopping, dining and entertainment, Block Thirty Seven (also known as 108 North State Street) is located in the heart of the Loop in downtown Chicago. Browse contemporary goods at shops like Akira, Eileen Fisher, and Sabon.
Adresse: 108 N State St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 261 4700

Century Shopping Centre

This seven-level vertical shopping center was originally built as a 3,000-seat theater in the 1920s. It now houses a seven-screen theater complex housed on the center's upper floors as well as the Aveda Institute of Chicago, a CVS pharmacy and shops offering personal services. Parking is available in the garage adjacent to the mall.
Adresse: 2828 N Clark St #44, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 929 8499

Randolph Street Market

Vintage is always vogue at the Randolph Street Market Festival, home to the Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago and the Holiday Market. Enjoy music, food and drinks as you browse.
Adresse: 1350 W Randolph St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 666 1200
Åpningstider: Sat & Sun 10am-5pm


High-end women's boutique carrying a mix of American, European and Japanese designs and named after owner Ikram Goldman, who has styled Chicago's elites.
Adresse: 15 E Huron St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 587 1000
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Goorin Bros.

Four generations of the Goorin family have been bringing quality headwear to the U.S. for over 100 years. These hat makers have two locations in Chicago.
Adresse: 1533 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 773 384 4287


Leaders 1354 has been Chicago's leading source for stylish street wear since 2002. Located in Wicker Park, Leaders 1354 also has a web-based store where you can order online.
Adresse: 1152 W Madison St, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 787 7144
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 12pm-7pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

Chicago Premium Outlets

Enjoy discounts on your favorite brands at 120 outlet stores, such as Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, J. Crew and Kenneth Cole.
Adresse: 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd, Aurora, Chicago
Telefon: +1 630 585 2200
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm

The Shops at Northbridge

These four levels of world-class shops and restaurants encompass seven blocks of the Magnificent Mile.
Adresse: 520 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 327 2300
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

Woodfield Mall

Surround yourself with fashion, food, and fun with the most distinctive collection of shopping, dining and entertainment. Woodfield has the finest collection of department stores and specialty shops in the Great Lakes region including Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, Sears and nearly 300 stores and restaurants.
Adresse: 5 Woodfield Shopping Center, Schaumburg
Telefon: +1 847 330 0220
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Garrett Popcorn Shop

What makes Garrett Popcorn special? They hot air pop their signature blend of kernels, which they then mix into their secret family recipes. Every batch is handmade daily and the result is an irresistible snacking sensation, which has generated lines of historic proportions outside of their retail locations for decades.
Adresse: 401 N Michigan Ave Ste 1700, Chicago
Telefon: +1 888 476 7267
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm

American Girl Place

If you have a daughter, niece, or relative who is a fan of dolls, you must stop and visit the American Girl Place while in Chicago. Specializing in custom dolls to fit given physical descriptions as well as story-centric dolls, American Girl has the perfect gift for any little girl. Choose from hundreds of options including skin color, hair color and style, outfit, eye color, and a plethora of other options. Also on-site is a restaurant, photo studio, doll hair salon, and plenty of souvenirs. Check their website before visiting for special offers.
Adresse: 835 North Michigan Ave, Chicago
Telefon: +1 877 247 5223
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Dive headfirst into some of the best shopping in town at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located only 24 kilometers from downtown Chicago. This expansive, indoor outlet destination is packed with over 130 designer stores featuring savings of up to 75% off. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Forever 21, the Fashion Outlets stands apart as the only multi-level shopping outlet in the U.S. Midwest.
Adresse: 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont
Telefon: +1 847 928 7500
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.


Chicago has two airports: O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. O’Hare is approximately 18 miles (30 km) northwest of the city center. Midway Airport is 6.5 miles (10 km) southwest of the city center. The Blue Line train takes passengers to and from O’Hare and downtown Chicago and runs 24 hours a day. The Orange Line train takes passengers to and from Midway airport and downtown Chicago and also runs 24 hours. Taxis take about 20-30 minutes to get to the city center.

Best Time to Visit

Contrary to what its nickname – "Windy City" – implies, winds aren't too much of a concern of a concern, and the nickname itself ties in with Chicago's political history more than its climate. The best times to visit are around Christmas season (for the festive lights and holiday atmosphere), or, if higher temperatures are what you prefer, any time from late spring (April) to early fall.

Public Transport

Chicago has an excellent system of trains, buses and a commuter rail. Pay in cash on the bus and in exact change. Transit cards may be purchased at selected outlets, which eliminates the hassle of needing exact change. You may also call and get exact directions on public transport to and from any destination in the city. RTA Travel Information service is available seven days a week, including holidays, 04.45-1.00 for travel information on CTA, PACE, and Metra.
Telefon: +1 312 836 7000


It is very easy to find a taxi downtown or near the Miracle Mile. There is no extra charge for baggage or credit card use, and tipping is optional. Yellow Cab Company: +1 312 829 4222 Checker Taxi Company: +1 312 243 2537


Walgreens is open 24 hours, seven days a week and there are a number of Walgreens in downtown Chicago.
Adresse: 757 North Michigan, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 664 8686


The Main Post Office is located on 433 West Harrison Street. Visit the website for more information.
Adresse: 433 West Harrison Street, Chicago
Telefon: +1 312 983 8030


Country Code: +1 Area Code Chicago: 312 or 773


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