The Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Chicago

Chicago has some of the finest dining and entertainment options anywhere in the country. From nationally acclaimed theatre (such as Steppenwolf and Goodman), music (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as many jazz, blues and rock clubs), and museums (Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum), to sports (White Sox, Cubs) you will find something to suit your tastes. As for food, the city has some of the best restaurants in the country (such as Charlie Trotter's), as well as many top quality, unique and interesting ones (such Frontera Grill, MK, Blackbird, Bin 36, to name a few). Chicago is also a city of neighborhoods, and although many ethnic areas are changing, you can still find neighborhood restaurants serving authentic gnocchi, pirogis or bratwurst from the old world, as well as an expanding menu of choices from the new world and Asia. If the weather permits, a relaxing way to spend time is to take a sightseeing or an architectural boat tour. Boats leave from the Michigan Avenue bridge over the Chicago River. After a boat tour you could get a "Cheezborger" at the Billy Goat Tavern, the inspiration for the old SNL sketch. Or you could just stroll the streets of the city visiting the many shops along Michigan Avenue (including Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Niketown, Apple, FAO Schwartz, Crate and Barrel, Borders, Pottery Barn, Virgin, and most other national retailers), or in the loop (such as the ornate and classic Marshall Fields, Carson Pirie Scott, Sears, Tower Records, and the many jewelers along Wabash).  Check out Palmer's Walking Guide to Chicago.

The Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley Field, in the north of the city, and the Chicago White Sox play in the south of the city, in Comiskey Park.