“Chicago is the type of city that gets into your bones, deep in your soul. It may not be where you were born but it becomes home. Once you’ve lived there, it becomes a time and place against which everything else is measured.”

Chicago and the surrounding area is home to over 2.1 million people. Located in the Midwest, Chicago proudly sits on the shores of Lake Michigan welcoming all who travel East or West across the country. Founded as a city in 1837, but discovered and settled long before, Chicago has always been a place known for its diversity and great culture. Today the city has sports teams, arts, architecture, food and economic developments that make it a model throughout the world. Even though it’s sometimes overlooked and often underappreciated, Chicago is a great place for both tourists and residents.

The summer months in Chicago are awesome – to make up for the cold winters. Many neighborhoods have festivals that celebrate for a few days or an entire week! Festa Italiana, Ribfest, The Fireworks at Navy Pier and the Puerto Rican Day Parade are just a few of the festivals you’ll want to check out. When the cold winter months show up Chicago will still have something going on. You can stop by Navy Pier and check out the Winter Wonder Fest or feast like a king during Restaurant Week. Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo are a great event for the whole family and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Millennium Park is always special. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, it’s here and waiting for you.

Chicago is also well known for its achievements across numerous fields. The University of Chicago, located on the south side, is a leading institution in areas such as Social Sciences, Business & Economics and Arts and Humanities. You can eat at exquisite restaurants like Alinea and Grace, both winners of 3 star ratings from the coveted Michelin Guide. There is beautiful architecture from the oldest synagogue in the city, the KAM Isaiah Israel to the iconic Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue. You’re never at a loss for things to do in this amazing city.