Visit Chicago

— EXPLORE CHICAGO —

Here are a few great things about our lovely city that you should enjoy while you are here

The world’s best food. The world’s best museums. Architecture that awes. And enough shopping for days. Find it all in Chicago. Chicago is big, bold, and endlessly inspiring — built on the shores of greatness and on the shoulders of a history of music, restaurants and award-winning chefs, theater, museums and galleries, and attractions large and small. Chicago is a city of magnificent public parks and equally magnificent shopping that reflects both its cosmopolitan and urban heartbeat lined by diverse, unique, and charming neighborhoods. In Chicago, hospitality is not just a vocation, it is their heritage. We invite you to explore the city and dine as one of many unique locales.

Will you be in Chicago attending a world-class industry conference? Lucky You! Chicago has the world’s best food. The world’s best museums. Architecture that awes. And enough shopping for days. Find it all in Chicago. Chicago is big, bold, and endlessly inspiring — built on the shores of greatness and on the shoulders of a history of music, restaurants and award-winning chefs, theater, museums and galleries, and attractions large and small. Chicago is a city of magnificent public parks and equally magnificent shopping that reflects both its cosmopolitan and urban heartbeat lined by diverse, unique, and charming neighborhoods. In Chicago, hospitality is not just a vocation, it is our heritage. We invite you to explore the city and dine with us and then explore the most vibrant neighborhoods in the world.

River North

Whether you are an art lover or love to shop, the River North area of Chicago has something special for you. Just north of the downtown Loop, bound by Chicago Avenue to the north, Michigan Avenue to the east, and the Chicago River to the south and west, River North has a cluster of hotels, galleries, convenient transportation, and great places to eat, shop and enjoy Chicago’s art culture. This trendiest of trendy areas is home to Third Coast Events’ most poplar gotta-go-to locations, Old Crow Smokehouse and Moe’s Cantina River North. Iconic buildings such as The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and the Merchandise Mart are part of this remarkable section of the city. The “Cathedral District,” near the intersection of State and Huron, has a significant number of new residential skyscrapers surrounding the Catholic Holy Name Cathedral and the Episcopal St. James Cathedral.

Wrigleyville

Named after Chicago’s famous Wrigley Field, this north side neighborhood is packed with energy, especially when the Cubs are in town. All summer long the streets are filled with local fans and out-of-towners dressed in jeans, Cubs T’s and baseball caps who flock to the field in support of their favorite baseball team. Stop by before or after a game and you’ll swear you’re walking through a giant street fair.

Despite its bustling streets with constant traffic jams and limited parking (most lots are reserved for Cubs games), Wrigleyville remains one of Chicago’s most popular residential neighborhoods. You can bet that many of its inhabitants are under the age of 30, but there are also plenty of families that live here. On game days, locals barely have to leave the house to get to the bleachers.

If Shopping is your thing, make sure to visit the Magnificent Mile which borders this admired neighborhood.

What distinguishes River North from the rest of the Windy City is its Gallery District. Once an old manufacturing and warehouse area, the River North Gallery District has the greatest concentration of art galleries in the United States, outside of Manhattan. Emerging artists of all kinds display their work beside established artists in an area dense with hot bars, cool dance clubs, and all kinds of entertainment venues. The House of Blues ranks among these highlights, where people come from all over the world to enjoy blues music and folk art as well as southern-inspired cuisine. If jazz is your thing, Andy’s Jazz Club on East Huron Street, shouldn’t be missed. Chicago’s top artists perform a range of musical stylings from Traditional, Swing and Bop to Fusion, Latin and Afro-Pop.

One of the smartest things to do, especially while visiting on game days, is to seek dining advice from Wrigleyville locals. Do yourself a favor and head to one of the neighborhood’s independent eateries instead. You’ll have to wait in line for a while, especially if you head to the popular Old Crow Smokehouse, but you won’t care once you’re dining on the restaurant’s signature BBQ brisket or pulled pork or one of their signature cocktails. Once you’re inside, make sure it make it up the Rooftop deck where the sun is shining and the drinks are flowing.

There are plenty of dining spots ranging from cheap joints to casual elegance, but Wrigleyville really shines when it comes to local watering holes. This Chicago neighborhood has almost as many pubs as it does housing and they are always jam-packed.

River North is also home to the Merchandise Mart, the world’s largest commercial building, just a short, leisurely walk from the famous Magnificent Mile. This Chicago institution spans two city blocks of the floor after floor of shops and showrooms filled with commercial and luxury interior furnishings.

River North’s attractive tree-shaded streets are lined with lovely vintage residences as well as newly built high-rises and lofts, especially in areas like Kingsbury Park, near Erie Street and the Chicago River.

If you go to Wrigleyville, you have to visit John Barleycorn. A neighborhood stalwart, this location gives locals and out-of-towners everything they want, or need! Locals who aren’t so interested in the shoulder-to-shoulder atmosphere of the fans’ favorite bars, tend to head farther north where the bars are still bustling, but slightly less crowded.

Many residents of Wrigleyville feel like they’re living the American Dream—the neighborhood is, after all, home to our country’s favorite pastime. In fact, you can even find a few white picket fences surrounding some of the single-family detached homes.