Visiting Chicago

Chicago Skyline

In the 178 years since its founding, Chicago has acquired many nicknames: The Windy City , The Second City , City of Big Shoulders , City in a Garden and The City that Works . It is all of this and more. Chicago delights visitors with urban hustle and bustle steps away from serene parks and lakefront beaches. Whether you decide to shop on Michigan Avenue, enjoy Millennium Park, explore the Museum Campus, take in a performance in the Theatre District, watch a baseball game, or cruise Lake Michigan or the Chicago River, you won't lack for activities, only the time to do them all.

Start planning your visit now. For information on hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and architecture see Explore Chicago , the City of Chicago's Official Tourism site. It also has tips on getting around the city and exchanging currency. For even more options you can try Choose Chicago , maintained by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau. Once you arrive, you may also want to visit the Chicago Visitor Center , 163 East Pearson, for coupons, brochures or theater tickets at a discount.

We believe it's time to adopt a new nickname. So welcome to Chicago, City of Libraries !

For more information, see A Librarian's Guide to Chicago's Arts and Entertainment (PDF).