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Travel Spotlight: The Art Institute of Chicago

Travel Spotlight: The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the most prestigious and popular museums in the city. The museum houses thousands of artworks from all different cultures and traditions, as well as essential reference materials. If you are visiting Chicago or are a native...

What’s Currently Open in Chicago

What’s Currently Open in Chicago

With the world starting to slowly go back to normal, more and more people are looking to go on vacation. While you may potentially be able to safely make a trip for the first time in over a year, things will still be slightly different. The city of Chicago is always...

Chicago Brewery Tours

Chicago Brewery Tours

With so many activities and attractions available in Chicago, it can be tough to choose where to begin. One of the forms of entertainment the city offers many choices in is brewery tours. Among Chicago's best-known breweries is Goose Island. Located in the West Loop,...

History of Chicago’s Wrigley Field

History of Chicago’s Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, is a historic stadium. This major league ballpark is the second-oldest field still in use in Boston – behind Fenway Park. The stadium looks unique and attractive due to its overall design. Charles Weegham hired architect...

Drive-Ins and Outdoor Movies in Chicago

Drive-Ins and Outdoor Movies in Chicago

Keeping yourself entertained in Chicago is easy to do if you enjoy watching movies. A popular summertime activity is frequenting drive-ins and other outdoor movie theaters. There are many to choose from, but some deliver a better experience than others. Pilsen's...

History of Chicago’s Millennium Park

History of Chicago’s Millennium Park

The popular 24.5-acre park is situated in the downtown area of the Windy City. The location was once owned by the Illinois Central Railroad. Today, the site holds live performances, displays artwork in addition to having gardens to explore. During the 1850s, the land...

Top Chicago Public Art Displays

Top Chicago Public Art Displays

Many are familiar with the Art Institute of Chicago that houses a vast collection of Old World masterpieces blended with modern works. But, the Windy City also has a Public Art Collection that contains more than 500 pieces on display in more than 150 locations. Some...

The Story Behind Chicago’s Famous Hot Dogs

The Story Behind Chicago’s Famous Hot Dogs

When you come to Chicago, there are some tourist attractions you simply can't miss, but there are also some foods you need to experience. Chicago has a number of specialty foods and rich cultural traditions such as Chicago deep-dish pizza, steakhouses, and Italian...

The “New Normal” in the Hotel Industry

The “New Normal” in the Hotel Industry

COVID-19 put everything on hold, including vacation plans. In fact, since projections show that it could take months before a decrease in the spread is seen, most businesses are already taking a financial blow. But when self-quarantine and restrictions do start to...

Top Chicago Walking Tours

Top Chicago Walking Tours

There is a lot to see and do in Chicago. A popular activity among locals and tourists is the city's walking tours. Each tour is unique in its own right and provides insight into life in Chicago that even locals aren't always aware of. One of the things Chicago is used...