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  Broadway In Chicago Productions
Motown The Musical
The Wizard of Oz
Buyer & Cellar
Mamma Mia!
The Last Ship
Charlotte's Web
Amazing Grace
Dee Sniderís Rock & Roll Christmas Tale
Rodgers + Hammersteinís Cinderella
The Book of Mormon
  Chicago Tourism Links
900 North Michigan Avenue Mall
Adler Planetarium
American Girl Doll Place
The Art Institute of Chicago
Auditorium Theatre
Buddy Guy's Legends
Chicago Botanic Gardens
Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago City Pass
Chicago’s First Lady
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The ComedySportz Theatre
Excalibur Entertainment Complex
The Field Museum
Goose Island
Hancock Observatory
Hard Rock Cafe
Haunted Chicago Tours
The Hershey Store
House of Blues
The International Museum of Surgical Science
Jane Addams Hull House Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum
Medieval Times
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
The Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Science and Industry
Navy Pier
Shops at North Bridge
The Notebaert Nature Museum
Second City
Shedd Aquarium
Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises
Tall Ship Windy Shoreline Cruises
Willis Tower

Chicago tourism is synonymous with spectacular theater, gourmet dining, world-class museums and great shopping. If you want to see exciting Broadway shows, enjoy international cuisine, soak up beautiful panoramas and shop 'til you drop, Chicago is definitely the place for you! Chicago tourism offers something for everyone - young and old.

See the best of Broadway right here in Chicago

Dominic Scaglione Jr. in a scene from JERSEY BOYS. Photo: Joan Marcus

Chicago tourism means a night on the town, with tickets to celebrated Broadway shows - from record-breaking musicals like WICKED and JERSEY BOYS to award-winning productions like PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and ONCE. Historic venues such as the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Oriental Theatre, the Bank of America Theatre, the Broadway Playhouse and the Auditorium Theatre underscore the longevity of Chicago as a center for theatre. Historically celebrated theater companies such as the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company and The Second City are world renowned for their exciting productions. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, explore Chicago's neighborhoods for theater created by hundreds of other talented, engaging and risk-taking companies. Don't forget to check out area institutions like the Lyric Opera, The Chicago Symphony and the hundreds of blues and jazz clubs throughout the city.

Find the perfect gift or souvenir at Chicago's bustling department stores and chic designer boutiques

If shopping is your pleasure, Chicago tourism means a paradise of options. Shopping here means everything from small boutiques offering one-of-a-kind items to stores devoted to international designers. Check out the city's quiet, tree-lined shopping neighborhoods as well as the pulsating downtown shopping districts for beautiful clothes, leather goods, hand-crafted jewelry, antiques, furniture and more. State Street - that great street - sits amidst Chicago's Downtown Theater District creating the ideal day of shopping and entertainment. So whether you are looking for the prefect lithograph in a River North Gallery, a hand-painted silk scarf in Wicker Park or the latest designer suit in an historic downtown department store, when it comes to shopping, Chicago offers something for every taste and budget.

Willis Tower

Enjoy international cuisine on any budget

Chicago means great food. Dine at four-star French restaurants or munch on a Chicago-style pizza or Italian beef. Choose from spicy Thai, sophisticated Mexican or simple burgers and fries. We have virtually hundreds of great restaurants serving Greek, Cantonese, Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghani, African, Turkish, Korean and vegetarian food. Visit China Town for great Dim Sum, Greek Town for flaming saganaki or Old Town for great steaks and folk music. The Downtown Theater District is home to some of the most dynamic and satisfying restaurants in the city, making your need to combine epicurean delights with unequaled entertainment easy to satisfy.

Attractions and cultural offerings will round out your visit

In the summer, enjoy scenic cruises on beautiful Lake Michigan or take the Chicago Architectural boat ride on the river. Don't miss taking a spin on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier or taking in the view from the Hancock Observatory or DARE TO WALK ON AIR: The Skydeck experience is all new from the ground up. Discover the best of Chicago as you make your way up to the 103rd floor. The Ledge brings an exhilarating new experience to the top of Willis Tower. The Skydeck’s stunning views reaching up to 50 miles and four states attract well over 1 million annual guests from all over the world. Now The Ledge, four glass balconies extending four feet OUTSIDE the 103rd floor, is treating these guests to another unforgettable view of the city – straight down over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River!. Just steps away from the Downtown Theater District you will the city's world famous public sculptures including the Picasso statue on Daley Plaza, Cloudgate (also known by locals as The Bean) in beautiful Millennium Park, Alexander Calder's The Flamingo on Federal Center Plaza, Jean Dubuffet's Standing Beast on the State of Illinois Building plaza and Chagall's Four Seasons mosaic on Chase Plaza.

Take an Absolutely Chicago Segway Tour, and let the wheels do the walking as you effortlessly glide through the fragrant garden rooms of Grant and Millennium Parks. Enjoy amazing views of Chicago’s popular sites: Buckingham Fountain, “the Bean”, Soldier Field, the Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and Lake Michigan harbors and beaches. Savor the memories with the many photo opportunities along the way, or for something completely different, experience Chicago at night on the evening Fireworks Tour. View Buckingham Fountain's evening light show with the illuminated skyline as a backdrop, or glide along the lakefront to a secret spot for viewing Navy Pier's Fireworks display two days per week. It's difficult to decide which is more spectacular — the fireworks or the Chicago skyline in its evening splendor!

Navy Pier

For more cultural immersion, the city boasts some of the best museums in the world. Check out the 1944 German submarine - the U-505 - at the Museum of Science and Industry. See the world's largest and most complete T. rex, Sue, at the Field Museum. On the same museum campus you will also find dolphins and sharks at the Shedd Aquarium, and all the mysteries of the skies at the Adler Planetarium. If art is your thing, you can visit the French Impressionist Gallery at the Art Institute, home to one of the largest collections of Impressionist art outside of Paris. Just up Michigan Avenue from the Art Institute you will find the Museum of Contemporary Art, a state of the art museum focusing on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography and work by area based artists.

Find what you want to see easily.

Thanks to the city's convenient public transportation system, it couldn't be easier to get from one unique neighborhood to another, from one outstanding cultural experience to another. Public trains and buses run regularly and you can find cabs on virtually every street corner. All of the public transportation systems will lead you to the Downtown Theater District.