Chicago.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Chicago is the home of the blues and the truth of jazz, the heart of comedy and the idea of the skyscraper. Officially the City of Chicago (map) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third most populous city in the United States, following New York and Los Angeles.

Also сheck оut мore info: Classic ChicagoTours & AttractionsVisitor resources

Chicago has been voted the best large city in the U.S. for four years in a row by Condé Nast Traveler. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park (map), Navy Pier (map), the Magnificent Mile (map), the Art Institute of Chicago (map), Museum Campus (map), the Willis Tower (map), Grant Park (map), the Museum of Science and Industry (map).

Downtown (map) is the center of Chicago’s financial, cultural, governmental and commercial institutions and the site of Grant Park and many of the city’s skyscrapers. The term “The Loop” is largely used by locals to refer to the entire downtown area as well.

The River North Gallery District (map) features the nation’s largest concentration of contemporary art galleries outside of New York City. Navy Pier (map), located just east of Streeterville, is 3,000 ft (910 m) long and houses retail stores, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls and auditoriums.

Museum Campus (map), a 10-acre (4 ha) lakefront park, surrounding three of the city’s main museums, each of which is of national importance: the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum (map), the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium.

*Lakeview (map) is home to Boystown, the city’s large LGBT nightlife and *culture center.

Chicago is among the most diverse cities in America, and many neighborhoods reflect the character and culture of the immigrants who established them. Some, however, do more than just reflect: they absorb you in a place that, for several blocks at a time, may as well be a chunk of another country, picked up and dropped near the shores of Lake Michigan. > Chinatown (map) is among the most active Chinatowns in the world.

Chicago is one of the great restaurant towns in America. If you’re looking for a specific kind of cuisine, check out the neighborhoods. *Greektown (map), the Devon Ave Desi corridor (map), Chinatown, and Chatham’s soul food and barbecue are just the tip of the iceberg.

+ Shop local at Chicago farmers markets

 

Public transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in United States.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) handles public transportation in the City of Chicago and a few adjacent suburbs outside of the Chicago city limits. The CTA operates an extensive network of buses and a rapid transit elevated and subway system known as the ‘L’ (for “elevated”), with lines designated by colors.

Metra, the nation’s second-most used passenger regional rail network, operates an 11-line commuter rail service in Chicago and throughout the Chicago suburbs.

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) coordinates the operation of the three service boards.

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting around (choosechicago.com) • Guide to traveling to and getting around in the USA (visittheusa.com)

BUS: Pace provides bus and paratransit service in over 200 surrounding suburbs with some extensions into the city as well. Major intercity bus companies include: BoltBus • Greyhound • Jefferson Lines • Megabus • Peter Pan • Trailways • Chinatown buses

TRAIN: AMTRAK | eTicketing | Interactive Map

AIRPORT: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport ⇒ flychicago.com

FERRY: Chicago Water TaxiShoreline Sightseeing

Connecting To Chicago.

Choose Chicago strategizes with clients to help increase attendance, boost student involvement, discover new local exhibitors, assist in finding local industry expert speakers and so much more.

video source: Choose Chicago / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Entering the USA can be an easy and seamless process when you are prepared. + U.S. visa & entry requirements (visittheusa.com)

USA Trip planner.

Create a day by day itinerary customized to you. A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences. Over 230,000,000 data points.

Roadtrippers.com.

Build your perfect road trip. Roadtrippers will help you find all the best stops along the way. More than 300 Extraordinary Places.

National Weather Service (weather.gov)

CityMapper – Chicago | The ultimate transport app and technology for mobility in cities.

AAA (aaa.com): The American Automobile Association provides a range of services for travelers, including travel planning, trip insurance, and roadside assistance, for those traveling by car in the United States.

U.S. Department of State – Travel (state.gov): This website provides information on travel visas, travel warnings, and travel alerts for international travelers to the United States. It also provides resources for U.S. citizens traveling abroad.

Customs and Border Protection (cbp.gov): This website provides information on customs regulations and procedures for international travelers entering and exiting the United States. It also provides resources for travelers bringing goods into the country.

Transportation Security Administration (tsa.gov): This website provides information on airport security procedures, including what items are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov): This website provides information on health and vaccination requirements for travelers to the United States, as well as health and safety tips for traveling in the country.

National Park Service (nps.gov): This website provides information on national parks and monuments in the United States, including park activities and events, camping and lodging information, and park regulations.