What comes to mind when you think of Chicago? The Blues. Matisse, Degas, and Renoir. Sailboats and skyscrapers. The marathon. Deep dish pizza. Steppenwolf's in-your-face theater. The largest Polish population outside of Warsaw. Die-hard cub fans. Hogbutcher to the world. Lollapalooza. The world's largest food festival. Millennium Park. We hope you'll agree with Frank Sinatra and say Chicago is "my kind of town."
- A Diversity of Cultures - Chicago is one of the most diverse cities in the country. More than 77 geographic communities make up this “City of Neighborhoods.” All these cultures create a vibrant tapestry of city life.
- International Hub of Commerce - Second only to New York, Chicago has more than 30 Fortune 500 companies and nearly 100 corporate headquarters. The bustle of commerce can be heard in the trading pits; the steady rhythm of assembly lines turning out Snickers® bars; and the roar of jets at O’Hare International Airport.
- City of Weather - A local joke advises “if you don’t like the weather, just wait an hour.” In Chicago, the line between seasons sometimes blurs. It has snowed in September, been 90 degrees in March, and we’ve even had a day where the high and low differed by more than 65 degrees. Whatever the weather, there's always something to do.
- A Dynamic Playground - During the great Chicago fire in 1871, residents fled to the shores of Lake Michigan for protection. Now its 31 miles of harbors, bike paths, and beaches provide a playground to swim, sail, skate, walk, or play volleyball.
- Teeming with Sports - Chicago is one of only three cities in the country to have six professional sports teams – the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Chicago Fire, Cubs, and White Sox. Loyal fans, we'll sit outside at a Bears game in 10 degree weather or wait the longest for the next world series championship (since 1908 for the Cubs).
- Cultural Attractions - Among the nationally-and internationally-known cultural institutions that make their home here are the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Goodman Theater, the Art Instituteof Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, Second City, and Hubbard Street Dance. Chicago’s parks and plazas display sculptures by Chagall, Picasso, Calder, DuBufett, and Miro. The latest addition, British artist Anish Kapoor’s "bean," draws crowds of visitors and locals.
Chicago is truly affordable for a city of its size and scope. For information on events, nightlife, restaurants, music, theater, and more, check out these websites: