About Chicago

A truly unique mix of global attractions and local charm make Chicago second to none.

Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States, is located on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois. One of the top worldwide centers of commerce and trade, Chicago is also known for its legendary sports heritage and as a global tourism destination.  Each year Chicago welcomes more than 50 million visitors, many of whom arrive via the city’s two international airports. One of which – O’Hare International Airport – is the second-busiest in the world. Among metropolitan areas, Chicago has the fourth-largest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world, just behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. 

Scenic Beauty
Chicago boasts 26 miles of lakefront with 15 miles of sandy beaches, an 18-mile bike path, and hundreds of beautiful parks like Millennium Park and Lincoln Park all nestled within a skyline of architectural wonders.

International Overview
Through its two world-class international airports, the city receives more than 160 international non-stop flights every day. It boasts 100-plus hotels with multilingual staff and claims 28 sister cities around the globe. And 77 diverse ethnic communities call Chicago home.

Cultural Attractions Include:

  • Navy Pier
  • Museum Campus
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Grant Park
  • The Magnificent Mile
  • Broadway In Chicago
  • Legendary blues and jazz clubs

Once you're here, you'll find world-class accommodations, renowned museums, nightlife and music for every style, theatre that's home to world-premiere shows, and a dining scene that is in a ranking of its own. In fact, Alinea was named the No. 1 restaurant in North America. Try fine cuisine or dig into the famous deep-dish pizza, Chicago has something for every taste bud.

The city plays host to Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, the National Football League’s Chicago Bears, the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls and the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago is also known as a hotbed for endurance sports, including the largest triathlon event in the nation, with more than 7,000 participants.  Also, as one of just six World Marathon Majors, the Chicago Marathon has been held in Chicago since 1977. An IAAF Gold label Race, the marathon reaches its limit of 45,000 runners each year. 

While Chicago is a major city, the downtown area offers the feel of a close-knit, community.