此列出的200多家芝加哥景点玩乐包括所有最好的博物馆地标，年度活动，公园，酒吧，餐厅，现场音乐场所，商店等等。It’s all neatly organized so you can find what you are looking for.
I have lived in Chicago for the past 11 years and I am excited to share my guide of the best things to do in Chicago. This guide is for both tourists and locals – no matter what you will find something fun to do.
I have divided this list of things to do in Chicago into categories to make it easier to navigate.
This list was written in April 2020 with the goal of creating a long term resource. Many of the events mentioned in this list may be cancelled for 2020.
Chicago’s largest art museum has a large collection of Impressionist and Modern works and hosts several special exhibitions each year.
This natural history museum is home to Sue the T-Rex plus anthropological collections and cultural artifacts from around the world.
Chicago’s aquarium is home to a wide range of animals including dolphins, penguins, sharks, sea otters, and more. In the summer, the aquarium hosts Jazzin’ at the Shedd, a jazz concert on their terrace overlooking Lake Michigan.
A museum that showcases contemporary painting, sculpture, installations, and performances. The MCA has a permanent collection and hosts blockbuster traveling exhibits.
Explore one of just four surviving German U-boats at this massive museum geared towards children. Other exhibits tackle topics like Tesla coils, tornados, boats, and robots.
This free zoo is located within Lincoln Park. See lions, tigers, bears, giraffes, monkeys and more here.
李也位于ncoln Park, this nature museum has a butterfly haven and specimens of a wide variety of animals.
Located on Navy Pier, this museum has educational play spaces for children of all ages plus a kid’s town, an art studio, a dinosaur exhibit, and a tinkering lab.
A museum in Hyde Park dedicated to the study and conversation of African American history, culture, and art.
This sculpture is located within Millennium Park and is one of the most recognizable symbols of Chicago.
海军码头is a large pier that goes out into Lake Michigan. It is home to many restaurants and a giant Ferris Wheel. During the summer fireworks can be viewed from the pier on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Located along the Magnificent Mile the Historic Water Tower is a architecturally beautiful water tower that was built in 1869 and survived the Great Chicago Fire or 1871.
Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
The Riverwalk runs along the south side of the Chicago River and will give you views of some of the city’s most iconic architecture including Marina Towers and the Wrigley Building.
This Rococo-style fountain is located in the center of Grant Park and is one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain operates from April to October and has water shows every hour on the hour during the day and colored light shows at night.
Best Things to Do in Chicago
See the Fireworks
芝加哥庆祝夏天fireworks shows every Wednesday and Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The fireworks are launched near Navy Pier and some of the best places to view them are from Navy Pier, from a fireworks cruise, and from Cindy’s Rooftop.
Randolph Street Market
This vintage and antiques market takes place the last weekend of the month during the summer and features eight acres of shopping, seating, drinking, and live music.
This is an elevated pedestrian path that runs along the north edge of Wicker Park.
A two screen cinema on Lakeview’s Southport Corridor that shows art house and independent films. The theater is also known for hosting unique special events.
Located in Andersonville, the magic lounge has a bar, live music, and magic shows. They also have family-friendly shows.
Tours of Chicago
Architectural Boat Tour
One of the city’s top tour operators, Bobby’s Bike Hike has bike tours as well as food tours and walking tours too.
Chicago Food Planet’s Best in Chow Food Tour
Free Walking Tours with Chicago Greeters
Guests visit 3 independent neighborhood pizzerias during this tour.
Chicago Prohibition Tour
Visit four former speakeasies via bus on this tour.
Tall Ship Windy
Board a four-masted schooner and set sail on Lake Michigan for this tour.
Loop Interior Architecture
Many tours focus on Chicago’s remarkable architecture, but this one focuses on interior architecture. Go inside some of the city’s most famous buildings and explore the underground Pedway system on this tour.
Chicago Parks and Beaches
Yes, Chicago has over 20 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan. The city also has some beautiful parks to explore.
North Avenue Beach
This Uptown beach isn’t as crowded as the beaches closer to downtown. This beach has volleyball courts and kayak rentals.
A massive park in downtown Chicago that hosts events like Lollapalooza and the Taste of Chicago. The park contains gardens, athletic fields, tennis courts, and borders the Art Institute and Museum Campus.
Maggie Daley Park
A paradise for children, this park has a variety of playgrounds for children of different ages, and an ice skating ribbon.
This is Chicago’s largest park. It’s home to the zoo, the nature museum, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and a farmers market. It also has acres of green space and athletic fields.
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Located within Lincoln Park, this conservatory and botanical garden is free and open year-round. Its mission is to showcase exotic plans and to grow the thousands of plants needed for the park.
A botanical conservatory located within Garfield Park that is free to the public and open all year. It has several indoor gardens and outdoor gardens.
This small park beside Wrigley Field hosts concerts, movie nights, and a farmers market.
Chicago Sports Teams
Chicago has baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and hockey teams.
The White Sox
The Chicago Fire
Chicago’s Major League Soccer team also plays at Soldier Field.
These aren’t your 1990s Bulls. They… aren’t that great. Expect no fewer that 3 dance teams to perform throughout the game. Why? I don’t know. The bulls play at the United Center.
Chicago Blackhawks games are bursting with Chicago pride. In the past decade, our hockey team is our winningest sports team. The Blackhawks play at United Center in the West Loop.
Best Annual Events in Chicago
Chicago hosts hundreds to festivals and annual events – here are my picks:
Chicago Blues Festival
A free festival featuring jazz music that takes place over Labor Day weekend.
A food and wine centric event that takes place at the end of September where guests try samples of food from Chicago restaurants. Buy tickets in advance since this event can sell out.
Taste of Chicago
A large food festival that takes place in Grant Park each July. In addition to food vendors, this festival also has live music.
The Air and Water Show
A weekend-long event that takes place in mid-August and involves jets loudly flying around.
圣帕特里克节is a big deal in Chicago. The Saturday before March 17th (or on March 17th if it falls on a Saturday) the festivities kick off with the Chicago River being dyed green. There are parades, street parties, and lots of people bar-hopping.
A European-style Christmas market takes over Daley Plaza from the end of November through December.
The Lincoln Park Zoo dresses up for the holidays with a massive light show – the best part is that admission to the zoo is free.
Millennium Park Music Series
This series of free concerts takes place between June and August.
Old Town Art Fair/Wells Street Art Festival
This pair of street fests take place on the same weekend in June. The Art Fair is very art focused while the Art Festival is a big street festival with live music.
An annual event that takes place in May where Lakeshore Drive is closed so that people can bike the drive.
Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk
Part street fest with live music and food/drink vendors and part garden tour, this festival takes place in July.
Northalsted Market Days
A rowdy street festival with food, drinks, and entertainment that caters to the LGBTQ+ community.
Music Festivals in Chicago
芝加哥有很多音乐节 - 这个列表包括更大的音乐节。
这是芝加哥最大的音乐节。在八月开始，它发生了4天，并具有8个阶段和170多个频段。我已经看到了像保罗McCartney，绿色日，Lady Gaga，Arcade Fire，阿拉巴马州震颤，詹姆斯湾和窥探狗狗游戏这个节日等乐队和艺术家。
A 3 day festival devoted to country music and barbecue. Even if you aren’t into country music, the food is exceptional with pit masters from all over the country joining in the fun.
A 3 day festival that takes place on Northerly Island in September and features a variety of bands plus performance and installation artists.
Chicago’s Best Restaurants
This list includes the best of the best Chicago restaurants. These are restaurants that I have been to and loved; luckily in Chicago there is no shortage of exceptional places to eat.
Bavette’sSteakhouse & Bar
A beautiful and romantic candlelit restaurant in River North that specializes in steak. It’s one of the best meals you can have in Chicago.
alineais Chicago’s only restaurant with 3 Michelin stars. It’s known for its sophisticated atmosphere and cuisine which often experiments with molecular gastronomy. Reservations are necessary.
A casual sister restaurant to Alinea, and one of our favorite places to dine in Chicago, Roister proves that you can have top notch food in an approachable space. I love the chicken three ways, which is one of their classic menu items.
Another sister restaurant to Alinea, Next has received twenty-one 4-star reviews from the Chicago Tribune and is known for it’s multi-course menu that changes to fit a theme. If you want to dine at Next, plan ahead, it books up far in advance.
Top Chef Winner Stephanie Izard's Restaurant餐厅有一个家庭风格菜单展示厨师的创造力。一定要试试山羊！
Duck Duck Goat
An upscale diner in the West Loop that is famous for having one of the best burgers in America. They don’t take reservations and I have seen the wait for a table be up to 5 hours long.
A pork and seafood focused restaurant with beer hall decor. The Publican also has one of the best man-friendly brunches in Chicago.
Sarah Grueneberg’s James Beard Award winning restaurant in the West Loop is known for house-made pastas.
A restaurant that serves exquisite cuisine from the Piedmont region of Italy.
One of Chicago’s most well-known steakhouses, this is the place for the classic steakhouse experience: seafood towers, wedge salads, steaks, potato sides, and giant shareable desserts.
A beautiful restaurant located in the atrium of the Gold Coast Restoration Hardware that serves American cuisine and one of my favorite brunches.
This massively popular taco joint has locations in Wicker Park and Wrigleyville. It’s a casual spot for margaritas, guacamole, and tacos. The sunny patio of their Wicker Park location is the place to be on a warm day.
An American restaurant that serves house-made pasta in addition to perfectly roasted meats.
A restaurant owned by Mindy Segal, a James Beard Award winning pastry chef, that serves lunch, dinner, and brunch. They also sell a grab and go pick up menu on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays featuring both sweet and savory pastries.
The Purple Pig
A Mediterranean small plates restaurant known for serving cheese, wine, and swine. It’s a restaurant that accommodates groups very well.
A bbq joint that serves slow cooked meats and classic Southern sides. They have a busy live music schedule that includes weekly live band karaoke.
A chic Italian restaurant serving both classic Italian pasta dishes and more modern creations.
A newly opened multi-level restaurant with views of the Chicago River. Seafood is the star of the show here, but they also serve pasta and meat mains.
An upscale steakhouse that serves nearly two dozen different cuts of beef including luxury cuts like Wagyu and Kobe.
Mercat A La Planxa
来自Grant Park的西班牙餐厅由铁厨师Jose Garces拥有，供应小型盘子和肉菜饭。
Owned by Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill serves authentic Mexican cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients.
Owned by Top Chef winner Fabio Viviani, this is a casual bar/restaurant serving Italian food including pizzas, pastas, and antipasti. They serve lunch and dinner, plus an excellent weekend brunch.
Beatnik on the River
A sunny restaurant with a California-inspired menu featuring tacos, salads, steaks, and more. They also have a drool inducing pastry counter.
Mon Ami Gabi
A classic French restaurant and ideal spot for a date.
Blue Door Kitchen/Blue Door Farmstand
A pair of restaurants owned by Art Smith who was Oprah’s chef for some time. Blue Door Kitchen is a bit more formal than Farmstand which is a casual cafe. Kitchen is known for their fried chicken, and Farmstand has a brussels sprout and kale salad with a cult following.
Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
我最喜欢的希腊食物 - 我喜欢薯条的酥脆多汁的卡拉马塔鸡肉。
This is Chicagoan’s favorite place to get deep dish pizza. Pequod’s is known for their parmesan crust which sets it apart from all the other deep dish spots.
Sweet Mandy B’s
An old school red sauce Italian place with a large menu and a killer meatball salad.
Our go-to spot for pizza serves New Haven style pizzas, not deep dish. This spot has a great selection of toppings and never disappoints.
This restaurant takes its inspiration from the London pubs that serve Indian cuisine. It’s a great place to dine with friends, and in addition to Indian curries they have a top-notch burger and excellent cocktails.
Dinning at Schwa is a culinary experience you will never forget. The small restaurant serves a multi-course menu of innovative American cuisine.
A restaurant in Wicker Park serving a mix of Italian and American food including steaks, pizzas, and pastas.
A cafe/market with one of the best brunches in Chicago.
An elegant French-Vietnamese restaurant in the Gold Coast serving lunch and dinner.
A casual gastropub with a big beer list and excellent farm to table food.
An affordable small plates Italian restaurant in River North.
This restaurant has a pair of Instagram-ready locations that specialize in East Coast seafood and cuisine.
West Loop的一座大型食堂，配有18间餐厅和屋顶酒吧。餐厅是芝加哥顶级餐厅的迷你版本，包括Larson，Mott St和紫色猪。
A food hall with 13 vendors serving a variety of cuisine including Asian street food, tacos, hummus, Cajun cuisine, and vegetarian food. In the summer it has an outdoor beer garden.
A food hall in the Loop with 15 fast-casual food stalls serving poke, tacos, dosas, fried chicken, sandwiches, burgers, ramen, empanadas, and more. this food hall caters to those working in the loop and is open from 7am-7pm Monday to Friday. It is closed on weekends.
Chicago French Market
It’s called the French Market, but you can find 30+ vendors selling food from all over the globe here.
A food hall within Block 37 that specializes in Latin American cuisine. I love the Peruvian food here.
A food hall in the Loop, just across the river from Merchandise Mart, with 9 fast-casual restaurants and a bar. It’s open 7:30am-7pm Monday to Friday and is closed on weekends.
These cocktail lounges and dive bars are sure to give you a memorable night out.
Bub City的地下室中的Tiki酒吧 - 在博士城市后面找到巷道的入口。
A speakeasy with live entertainment in the basement of the Green Door Tavern.
A cocktail bar and music lounge in the basement of the Hoxton Hotel. The menu features 52 different cocktails.
A sister restaurant to Alinea known for elaborate futuristic cocktails. Reservations are needed.
Located below The Aviary, this is a speakeasy serving classic cocktails and small plates. Make a reservation in advance.
A rooftop bar/restaurant that provides some of the best views of the Chicago River and the skyline. It’s a popular spot for happy hour.
A rooftop bar/restaurant with views of Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan. It’s also one of the best places to see the summertime fireworks.
A large nightclub that recently opened and has become very popular.
This is the bar you go to if you want to dance your heart out. They are known for their 80s/90s dance party on Saturday nights.
Untitled Supper Club
A two level cocktail lounge in the West Loop that hosts throwback entertainment at 7:30.
A cash-only dive bar across the street from Second City.
A speakeasy across from Big Star with an entrance marked with only a light. It’s considered one of the best cocktail bars in the country.
Punch Bowl Social
A 30,000 square foot space with a bar, arcade, bowling, and karaoke.
A tropical cocktail bar in Logan Square that stocks 275 varieties of rum.
A street in River North that is densely populated with bars. This is one of the most popular places to go for a night out.
A street in Old Town with many bars, these bars tend to be more casual than the ones on Hubbard Street.
Chicago has more breweries than any other city in America. There are 167! Here are my picks:
The brewery behind 312 has a Brewhouse on Clybourn that has a taproom, restaurant, and brewery tours.
Revolution has both a brewing facility with a taproom that offers tours and a brewpub in Chicago. Their beer “A Little Crazy” is one of my go-to beers and Charles loves the Cross of Gold.
This brewery has a taproom called The Mousetrap in Lincoln Park serving beer and cocktails. They don’t have a kitchen but you are welcome BYO food (there is a massive Whole Foods with a a huge to-go section next door). They offer free brewery tours on Sundays – register in advance.
A taproom with 40 taps serving Ballast Point brews in the Fulton Market District, the brewery was sold in March 2020 and the taproom has closed for a refresh.
我们喜欢这个芝加哥啤酒厂生产的飞轮啤酒。他们的啤酒厂/在Avondale的刺耳室每天开放 - 没有厨房，但客人可以通过咖啡。
These bars and restaurants are known for having live music on a nightly basis.
The Green Mill
这是芝加哥的必不可少的爵士酒吧,阉鸡e hangout. I love the atmosphere and the music is always great. Like with most blues and jazz bars, expect to pay a cover.
A blues bar in Lincoln Park with two stages and live music seven nights a week. Buy tickets at the door.
Also in Lincoln Park and very close to Kingston Mines, B.L.U.E.S. is a bar with nightly live blues music.
A River North jazz lounge with live music 7 nights a week.
This barbecue joint is known for showcasing country music and hosting a weekly live music karaoke.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Concert Venues in Chicago
A concert venue in Lakeview that hosts indie artists and mid-sized concerts. On the nights without concerts they usually show movies.
One of the larger venues in Chicago, The Aragon Ballroom can fit 5,000 people. It’s located in Uptown just off the Lawrence red line stop.
Located across the street from The Aragon, The Riviera is smaller with a capacity of 2,500 people.
What opened as a vaudeville and movie theater in 1916 is now a 1,000 guest concert venue. The schedule has a mix of bands and comedy acts.
I like this theater because shows here are seated and I’ve always gotten a good view no matter where I have been seated. I’ve seen concerts here as well as book talks and comedy shows. This venue has a diverse line up. Plus, is in the Loop and so easy to get to!
An indie music venue in the Ukrainian Village.
Lakeview / Wrigleyville的一个私密音乐会场所，与独立和替代乐队一起受欢迎。
A venue just off the Blue Line in Wicker Park that hosts a wide range of concerts and events.
House of Blues
A concert venue that hosts a gospel brunch on Sundays.
A venue in the West Loop that features indie acts and emerging artists.
United Center/Soldier Field/Wrigley Field
The biggest concerts take place at these venues. The United Center is indoors and has shows all year, while Soldier Field and Wrigley Field are outdoor venues used in warmer months.
These are the places to see musical theater, plays, operas, and dance performances.
A Lincoln Park theatre company that has won 12 Tony Awards. The theatre has three stages and produces up to 16 plays each year.
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
This theater on Navy Pier has more than Shakespeare, they also premiere new plays and musicals like The Notebook.
A contemporary dance company based in Chicago that performs at the Harris Theater.
The Joffery Ballet’s classic ballet performances take place at the Lyric Opera. They produce shows like Romeo & Juliet and The Nutcracker.
Comedy Clubs in Chicago
Comedy is a big deal in Chicago, and seeing a comedy show is one of the things to do in Chicago that can’t be missed. From world famous comedy theaters to smaller neighborhood venues, here are some of the best places to see comedy in Chicago.
Also located in Old Town, Zanies hosts well-known stand up comics.
A larger comedy venue that hosts stand up comedians.
The Comedy Bar
A standup comedy venue with two stages. They host stand up comedians, open mics, and ensemble shows.
UP Comedy Club
This comedy club features a mix of improv, stand up, and sketch comedy.
A theater in Lakeview that treats comedy as a sport where two improv teams compete for applause.
The Annoyance Theatre
A two stage theater in Lakeview East that showcases improv, sketch comedy, stand up, musicals, and plays.
The Magnificent Mile
The Mag Mile is a mile-long stretch of Michigan Avenue known for upscale shopping. The Mag Mile starts on the north side of the Chicago River and ends in the Gold Coast. Shops on the Magnificent Mile include Neiman Marcus, Saks, Burberry, Tiffany & Co., and Gucci. Many of Chicago’s finest hotels including the Peninsula, the Park Hyatt, and The Drake are on this stretch of Michigan Avenue.
900 North Michigan Shops
豪华购物中心车辆omingdales and a food hall.
Another urban mall, this once is known for being home to American Girl Place and Macy’s. In general, the retailers here are a bit more affordable.
A shopping center in the Loop with shops like Anthropologie, Zara, Banana Republic, Sephora, The Disney Store, Magnolia Bakery, and more.
The Gold Coast
This neighborhood is the best place for luxury shopping in Chicago. You will find retailers like Hermes, Gucci, and Dior here.
林肯公园的Armitage Avenue和Halsted Street都有一系列独立拥有的精品店，如艺术效果，Monica + Andy，Aroma Workshop，以及她写的所有零售商都像Bonobos，Lush，Francesca和Allbirds一样。
This hipster neighborhood has a mix of vintage clothing shops, locally owned boutiques, bookstores, record shops, and a few national retailers. North Milwaukee Avenue between Damen and Division is where many of the stores are concentrated.
芝加哥安德森维尔街区拥有古董店和本地拥有的精品店。我的一些最喜欢的是Andersonville Galleria，Andersonville Antiques，Roost，Scout和Brimfield。
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Located near O’Hare in Rosemont, this is a luxury fashion outlet with stores including Bloomingdales, Burberry, Gucci, JCrew, Lululemon, Neiman Marcus, Prada, and Saks Off Fifth.
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