LURIE GARDEN I’m proud to share that Chicago is one of only three U.S. cities to welcome more than 50 million visitors annually. Whether you are planning your first visit here or are returning for another unforgettable Chicago experience, there is no limit to the possibilities that await. From iconic architecture, to world-class cuisine and culture, to recreation and relaxation along our 26 miles of lakefront, to the undiscovered treasures hiding in our 77 communities — Chicago delivers this and more. During your visit, I encourage you to experience some of our newest attractions, such as Maggie Daley Park and the revitalized Riverwalk, which provide dining, sightseeing and active adventures along the downtown waterfront. Or explore The 606 trail, which transformed an abandoned railroad embankment into a one-of-a-kind elevated park that links four distinct neighborhoods. And while Chicago’s central business district offers energy and excitement like no other, the real backbone of our city is in our diverse and eclectic neighborhoods — from the artistic renaissance happening in Bronzeville, to the “Mexico of the Midwest” in Little Village, to the rich history of Pullman, which was designated a National Monument. In fact, if you stroll along Devon Avenue on the Far North Side you can experience the entire world, from India at one end to Israel at the other. With so much to offer, Choose Chicago created this guide to make it easier to plan your stay and discover all the marquee events for the year, as well as incredible hotels, restaurants, shops, museums and more. Enjoy your visit to Chicago, and we look forward to welcoming you back again and again. Rahm Emanuel Mayor of Chicago Regardless if you are here for a few nights or longer, Chicago has something for everyone. As one of Chicago’s most influential architects and urban designers, Daniel Burnham once decreed “Make No Little Plans.” Our Official Spring/ Summer Chicago Visitors Guide helps you begin exploring the “epic” possibilities. Chicago is big, bold and endlessly inspiring — built on the shores of greatness and on the shoulders of a history of music, food, theater, museums and galleries, attractions, and a constant lineup of weekly events and festivals for just about every age and palate. Chicago is a city of magnificent public parks and shopping that reflect both our cosmopolitan and urban heartbeat lined by diverse, unique and charming neighborhoods. Chicago is also the proud home of major league sports teams, and major sporting events and venues to celebrate and participate in your favorite sport or activity. Here hospitality is not just a vocation — it is our heritage. Chicago boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing hotel and lodging industries in North America, featuring hotel offerings large and small, legendary properties, and venues joined by new, trendy boutiques. During this special season we invite you to explore our city and to return again in the future. To learn more, please check out our official site, choosechicago.com. Thank you for calling on Chicago. We’re glad you’re here! David Whitaker President and CEO, Choose Chicago
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