我在过去的11年里生活在芝加哥，我很高兴分享我在芝加哥最好的事情的指导。本指南适用于游客和当地人 - 无论您如何找到有趣的事情。
200+ Things to Do in Chicago:
Chicago’s largest art museum has a large collection of Impressionist and Modern works and hosts several special exhibitions each year.
A museum that showcases contemporary painting, sculpture, installations, and performances. The MCA has a permanent collection and hosts blockbuster traveling exhibits.
Learn about the history of Chicago at this museum on the border of Old Town and Lincoln Park. I’ve been many times and am always impressed by the special exhibitions that touch on fashion, local history, unusual objects, and more.
The Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in America and is dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics.
也位于林肯公园,这种性质的缪斯um 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.
This museum in Pilsen showcases 3,000 years of Mexican art and culture.
These are some of Chicago’s most famed landmarks!
Cloud Gate (The Bean)
This sculpture is located within Millennium Park and is one of the most recognizable symbols of Chicago.
The home of the Cub’s is probably the most beautiful ball park in America. It’s also the second oldest. Go for a game, a tour, or a concert.
Historic Water Tower
Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
When construction was completed in 1973 it was the tallest building in the world. It remains the tallest building in Chicago. The Skydeck is an observation deck that provides views of four states on a clear day.
Riverwalk沿着芝加哥河的南侧跑，并会让您在包括Marina Towers和Rigley Building的城市最具标志性建筑中的一些观点。
This large and colorful abstract sculpture can be found in Federal Plaza.
This Frank Lloyd Wright house in Hyde Park is a prime example of Prairie School Architecture.
Here are some of my favorite things to do in Chicago. These are can’t miss activities and events that didn’t quite fit anywhere else on this list.
Bike Along the Lakefront
Chicago has 28 miles of beach along Lake Michigan and the Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile biking and pedestrian path alongside the lake. You can get a bike share bike (Divvy Bike) or rent a bike at North Avenue Beach.
芝加哥庆祝夏天放烟花了夏娃ry 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.
This is Chicago’s most beloved farmers market. It takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through October in Lincoln Park. Vendors sell flowers, prepared foods, produce, grocery items, baked goods, and more. There are also Green City Market locations at Gallagher Way beside Wrigley Field and in the West Loop.
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.
Bloomingdale Trail (the 606)
This is an elevated pedestrian path that runs along the north edge of Wicker Park.
This massive Ferris wheel is located on Navy Pier.
Chicago has architecture tours, bike tours, food tours, walking tours, gangster tours, and more!
This is hugely popular is considered one of the best things to do in Chicago for good reason. The tour combines Chicago history and architecture with a cruise down the river on a boat that has a bar. There are several different companies that offer this tour but the best is hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center on the boat named the Chicago’s First Lady.
Bobby’s Bike Hike
This food tour highlights the foods that Chicago is famous for: deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, popcorn, and more.
Join a free 2 hour or 4 hour walking tour led by Chicago Greeters. Just make sure to register at least 10 days in advance.
Chicago Pizza Tours
Guests visit 3 independent neighborhood pizzerias during this tour.
Visit four former speakeasies via bus on this tour.
Board a four-masted schooner and set sail on Lake Michigan for this tour.
Chicago Crime Tours
This tour takes you through different Chicago neighborhoods and to the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The tour company has a variety of tour options.
Chicago Gangster Tour
Run by Untouchable Tours, this tour involves tour guides that take on the personas of infamous Chicago gangsters.
Chicago History Museum Tours
The museum offers a variety of Chicago tours including a Devil in the White City tour.
Chicago Parks and Beaches
North Avenue Beach
Probably Chicago’s most popular beach, North Avenue Beach is beside Lincoln Park. Bike, stand up paddle board, kayak, and jet ski rentals are available at this beach. Plus there are dozens of volleyball courts, access to the Lakefront Trail, and a large (often rowdy) bar/restaurant called Castaways.
Ohio Street Beach
A beach located between Streeterville and the Gold Coast with skyline views, volleyball courts, and a cafe.
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.
This park located beside Grant Park hosts free movies and concerts in the summer and events like Chicago Gourmet.
Maggie Daley 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.
2016世界大赛Champi可爱的失败者了ons play at Wrigley Field on the North Side of the city. Ticket availability can depend on how well the team is doing and the time of year.
白袜队play on the South Side and their stadium has some pretty good food options.
Our football team plays at Soldier Field and tailgating is a popular activity in the parking lot before games.
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.
芝加哥举办数百次节日和年度活动 - 这是我的选择：
A free live music festival that takes place in Millennium Park each June.
Chicago Jazz Festival
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.
The Air and Water Show
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day 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.
The Pride Parade takes place at the end of June. This is a huge celebration that draws a very large crowd to Boystown.
A European-style Christmas market takes over Daley Plaza from the end of November through December.
Lincoln Park动物园的假期为巨大的光线展示 - 最好的部分是录取动物园是免费的。
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.
Northalsted Market Days
Chicago has lots of music festivals – this list includes the bigger ones.
This is Chicago’s biggest music festival. It takes place over 4 days at the start of August and features 8 stages and over 170 bands. I’ve seen bands and artists like Paul McCartney, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Alabama Shakes, James Bay, and Snoop Dogg play this festival.
This 3 day festival takes place in July and I think of it as Lolla’s cool little sibling. Pitchfork has a wider range of artists and more emerging acts.
If Pitchfork is Lolla’s younger sibling, Riot Fest is its Gen X older sibling. This festival takes place in September and features rock, alternative, and punk music.
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.
Alinea is 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.
Avec.brings together a rustic casual atmosphere and exceptional Mediterranean influenced food. They serve both small plates and larger plates for sharing and the chorizo stuffed dates are a must order item.
Girl and the Goat
顶级大厨获得者斯蒂芬妮·伊泽德的餐厅family style menu the showcases the chef’s creativity. Be sure to try the goat!
Little Goat Diner
A diner that serves breakfast all day plus sandwiches and dinner options. The menu has a mix of diner staples, Southern classics, and global cuisine.
Duck Duck Goat
A sister restaurant to Girl and the Goat and Little Goat that serves Dim Sum and Chinese cuisine.
A restaurant that serves exquisite cuisine from the Piedmont region of Italy.
A large three level restaurant beside the Chicago River that serves steaks and pastas.
3 Arts Club Cafe
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.
A Tex-Mex diner in Wicker with counter service and menu items like burnt ends hash, fried chicken, and chile relleno.
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 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.
Mercat a la Planxa
A Spanish restaurant across from Grant Park owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces that serves small plates and paella.
Frontera Grill拥有Rick Bayless，Frontera Grill餐厅供应使用当地采购成分的正宗墨西哥美食。
凭借Top Chef Winner Fabio Viviani拥有，这是一家休闲酒吧/餐厅，供应意大利美食，包括比萨饼，意大利面和抗脂肪。他们提供午餐和晚餐，以及一个优秀的周末早午餐。
Beatnik on the River
A beautiful restaurant on the Chicago River serving global cuisine and tropical cocktails.
Summer House Santa Monica
A classic French restaurant and ideal spot for a date.
Blue Door Kitchen/Blue Door Farmstand
咖啡馆ba ba reeba
A Spanish tapas restaurant in Lincoln Park where you can sip sangria and dine on paella and small plates. I love the patatas bravas and the beef tenderloin topped with blue cheese.
My favorite spot for Greek food – I love the crispy juicy Kalamata Chicken that comes on a bed of fries.
A darling bakery in Lincoln Park that serves cupcakes, cakes, cookies, bars, and other sweet treats.
Piece Brewery & Pizza
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.
Our go-to date night spot! Somerset has both outstanding food and service. I love the ricotta dumplings, the kale salad, and the burger.
An upscale French restaurant with 1920s inspired decor within the Waldorf Astoria in the Gold Coast, the menu includes items like duck wings a l’orange, steak frites, and dover sole. It’s a great date night spot or a fitting location for a special occasion brunch.
A family-owned Italian restaurant serving up classic pastas like spaghetti and meatballs and spinach ravioli.
An elegant French-Vietnamese restaurant in the Gold Coast serving lunch and dinner.
The Hampton Social
This restaurant has a pair of Instagram-ready locations that specialize in East Coast seafood and cuisine.
Chicago Food Halls
Having a hard time picking a restaurant? Check out these food halls that provide a wide range of dining options.
Time Out Market
A large food hall in the West Loop featuring 18 restaurants and a rooftop bar. The restaurants are mini versions of some of Chicago’s top restaurants including Lost Larson, Mott St, and The Purple Pig.
Revival Food Hall
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 on the upper floors of the 900 North Michigan Shops. One level is more casual, while the other has a more formal restaurant.
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.
Chicago’s Best Nightlife
Three Dots and a Dash
A tiki bar in the basement below Bub City – find the entrance in the alleyway behind Bub City.
A speakeasy with live entertainment in the basement of the Green Door Tavern.
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 grungy dive bar in Wicker Park with lots of personality that was featured in High Fidelity.
Queen Mary Tavern
A cocktail bar in Wicker Park with a maritime theme and some of the best craft cocktails in the city. We love to combine dinner at Pub Royale with cocktails at Queen Mary on date night.
A large speakeasy themed bar/restaurant in River North with live entertainment.
A two level cocktail lounge in the West Loop that hosts throwback entertainment at 7:30.
Old Town Ale House
A cash-only dive bar across the street from Second City.
Punch Bowl Social
A 30,000 square foot space with a bar, arcade, bowling, and karaoke.
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.
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.
革命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.
半英亩’s Tuna, a citrusy session India Pale Ale, is one of my favorite beers. The brewery has breweries/taprooms on Lincoln Avenue and on Balmoral Avenue.
Lagunitas.has a production facility and taproom in the Pilsen neighborhood.
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.
We love the Flywheel Lager produced by this Chicago brewery. Their brewery/taproom in Avondale is open daily – there is no kitchen but guests can BYO food.
Live Music in Chicago
这是芝加哥的基本爵士酒吧和Al Capone Hoogout。我喜欢气氛，音乐总是很棒。就像大多数蓝色和爵士酒吧一样，期望支付封面。
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.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
A blues club in the loop with live music every night and New Orleans inspired food.
Many of these venues are managed by果酱制作那so if you are looking to see a concert, their website is a good place to start.
An intimate landmark venue in Pilsen that primarily hosts concerts, but there are some comedians and other shows on the calendar too.
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.
The Chicago Theater
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!
A bar/concert venue in an old brewery in Lakeview.
Located in Lincoln Park, Lincoln Hall is a midsized concert venue with a bar and a restaurants.
An intimate concert venue in Lakeview/Wrigleyville that is popular with indie and alternative bands.
A West Loop winery/restaurant with a concert venue. I like this venue since it is small and fun to visit with friends.
House of Blues
A concert venue that hosts a gospel brunch on Sundays.
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.
Chicago Theater, Opera, and Dance
Several theaters in downtown Chicago produce musicals and plays. Some are traveling Broadway productions while others originate in Chicago.
A Lincoln Park theatre company that has won 12 Tony Awards. The theatre has three stages and produces up to 16 plays each year.
This theater is a place to see new plays and was founded in 1988 by Northwestern University graduates.
Hubbard Street Dance
Chicago’s home for opera has a season that runs from the early fall to the summer each year. They produce about 9 operas each season.
Comedy Clubs in Chicago
One of the most iconic comedy venues in America, Second City is an improv theater in Old Town where many SNL cast members trained. They have multiple stages and shows.
A Lincoln Park improv theater with four stages and shows every night of the week.
The Comedy Bar
A standup comedy venue with two stages. They host stand up comedians, open mics, and ensemble shows.
UP Comedy Club
CSz Theater Chicago
Where to Shop in Chicago
MAG MILE是一英里长长的密歇根州，以为高档购物而闻名。MAG英里始于芝加哥河的北侧，并在黄金海岸结束。宏伟的英里商店包括Neiman Marcus，Saks，Burberry，Tiffany＆Co.和Gucci。许多芝加哥最好的酒店包括半岛，公园凯悦和德雷克在这段型密歇根大道上。
The Shops at North Bridge
An urban shopping mall that is home to Nordstrom among other shops.
Water Tower Place
The Gold Coast
This neighborhood is the best place for luxury shopping in Chicago. You will find retailers like Hermes, Gucci, and Dior here.
Both Armitage Avenue and Halsted Street in Lincoln Park have a mix of independently owned boutiques like Art Effect, Monica + Andy, Aroma Workshop, and All She Wrote plus some larger retailers like Bonobos, Lush, francesca’s, and Allbirds.
The Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago has a great mix of antiques stores and locally owned boutiques. Some of my favorites are the Andersonville Galleria, Andersonville Antiques, Roost, Scout, and 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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