Best Things to Do in Chicago

Explore the Windy City

The Windy City. The Second City. Chi-Town. It has many names, but one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of things to do in Chicago. From its steely skyscrapers to its outstanding restaurants and bars, this city will blow you away with all there is to see and do.

Art & Architecture

Take in the city views from Skydeck Chicago, where a glass balcony extends four feet from the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the US (and once the tallest building in the world). Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright left his mark on Chicago, from the refined lobby of The Rookery — an early Chicago skyscraper — to suburban Oak Park, which features more homes designed by the architect than anywhere else in the world. Located downtown, by Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest museums in the world and holds priceless works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall.

Eat & Drink

James Beard-award-winning chef Andrew Zimmerman is the mind behind Proxi, where you can savor elevated street food, such as tempura elotes and duck dumplings. At Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, offerings range from casual Mexican fare to a Michelin-starred tasting menu. And breezy California vibes find a Midwest home at Pacific Standard Time, featuring light bites from warm-weather destinations, such as ahi tuna and beef tartare pitas. And the Chicago staples? You can’t leave Chi-Town without trying pork shoulder, Polish pierogi, and the famous deep-dish pizza.


Whether it’s Chicago Bears football or a baseball game at Wrigley Field (not to mention the countless neighborhood bars that screen the action on big TVs), the excitement of the city’s storied sports scene can be experienced around virtually every corner.


There’s no better Chicago shopping destination than the Magnificent Mile. And the only thing better than visiting it is staying here — at InterContinental Chicago. Step directly from your hotel to the famous shopping street, where you’ll find more than 400 brands, department stores, and luxury labels.

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