O RAHM EMANUEL Mayor of Chicago ver the years, Chicago has been described as many things: The City That Works, The City of Big Shoulders, The Windy City. Lately, we’ve added another descriptor: World Champions. While all of these descriptions fit, there’s a great deal more to our city and we hope you take the time to experience it all. Your visit is important to us. Chicago welcomed more than 54 million people last year. We’re proud of that. Tourism creates jobs and investment, which in turn generates economic opportunities that reach every neighborhood. Whether you’re spending time in one of the city’s 77 neighborhoods, strolling along Chicago’s world-famous lakefront, enjoying a play at one of Chicago’s more than 200 theaters, or experiencing some of Chicago’s exceptional cuisine at one of the city’s world-renowned restaurants, Chicago has an unparalleled experience waiting for you. Enjoy your visit to Chicago. W DAVID WHITAKER President and CEO, Choose Chicago elcome to Chicago — Welcome Home. Home is a place where you can feel comfortable, where you can be yourself. Where you are free to explore, enjoy and immerse yourself in the things that matter most to you or those who matter most. That’s Chicago. The heart and soul of our city lives in our 77 vibrant neighborhoods, each with their own mix of historical sights and sounds, attractions, arts and culture, dining, nightlife, shopping and theater. Each neighborhood with a vibe all its own — all where you’ll feel welcome. The Chicago Official Visitors Guide is your guide to learning more about this amazing community, and it is full of informative features and listings on much that is uniquely ours, as we are home to so many amazing experiences — each waiting for you. We want to thank you for being here — and thank you for creating memories that perhaps you’ll share, but hopefully will also bring you back in the future. We’re glad you’re here. local contributors JANICE DEAL Janice Deal regularly writes content for various Midwest travel and lifestyle sites, in addition to publishing her own fiction work. KELSIE OZAMIZ Kelsie Ozamiz has written about travel for The Huffington Post , Orbitz Travel blog and Travelzoo’s U.S. blog. ©ADAM ALEXANDER PHOTOGRAPHY CLOUD GATE AT MILLENNIUM PARK 2 choosechicago.com ©CITY OF CHICAGO JOE MILLS Joe Mills is an elementary art teacher and freelance illustrator specializing in Chicago-themed art. AMBER GIBSON Amber Gibson writes for Forbes , Saveur , Four Seasons Magazine , Hemispheres and American Way .