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If You Only Have a Weekend in Chicago, Do This, Eat Here and Don't Go to Bed Early

Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.15.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

When you only have one weekend to explore a new city, it's important to make every moment count -- but at the same time, you don't want to run yourself ragged. So when you have just 48 hours in Chicago, let this be your guide to a fun-filled (and delicious!) weekend.

Could This City Become North America's Very Own 'City Of Lights'?

Posted 01.24.2014 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a vision of of transforming the Windy City into a Midwestern city of lights (à la Paris) and the largest Chinese New Y...

France Tells Its Tourists To Avoid Chicago's South, West Sides

Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago

There's a new French resistance... to the South and West Sides of Chicago. The Washington Post first noted the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...

City, State Both Tally Record Tourism Numbers

Posted 09.06.2013 | Chicago

The numbers are in, and as predicted, the Windy City had a record-setting year for tourism in 2012. Back in June, city officials said Chicago saw ...

What Not to Do in Chicago

Viator | Posted 08.13.2013 | Travel

Ask someone for tips on traveling to Chicago and they will probably list off tons of different things to do and places to see. But what they likely will not say is what you should not do while visiting the Windy City.

Guardian Angels Warn Of String Of Robberies On 'Muggers' Mile'

Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago

Chicago's volunteer Guardian Angels say the city's Magnificent Mile shopping district could just as well be dubbed "Muggers' Mile" following a string ...

Windy City Drew Near-Record 46 Million Tourists In 2012

Kim Bellware | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
Kim Bellware

Tourists have been no strangers to Chicago, with city officials reporting the Windy City welcomed a near-record number 46.2 million visitors last year...

Down With the Bean!

Anne Sobel | Posted 07.01.2013 | Chicago
Anne Sobel

Chicago, there are so many other images that can symbolize you more succinctly, more accurately, more artfully.

Rahm Announces New River-Centric Great Chicago Fire Festival

Posted 03.29.2013 | Chicago

Early Friday Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the formation of a new autumn festival that will — metaphorically speaking — set the city on fire. "...

PHOTOS: Rahm Has Big Plans For The Riverwalk

Posted 10.08.2012 | Chicago

Continuing his push to ramp up tourism revenue for the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday unveiled ambitious plans to expand the Chicago Riverwalk. ...

Is Chicago's Crime Problem Impacting Its Tourism Push?

Posted 07.12.2012 | Chicago

A city tourism official on Wednesday expressed concern that Chicago's persisting crime problem could be curtailing its push to drastically up tourism ...

Could The USOC's New Deal Lead To Another Chicago Bid?

Posted 05.25.2012 | Chicago

A new revenue-sharing deal reached this week between the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee could pave the way to a second...

The Internet (Understandably) Hates Chicago's New Theme Song

Posted 04.26.2012 | Chicago

When Chicago's tourism organization excitedly announced an "ode to the city" Thursday, they were probably not expecting it to make the Billboard chart...

Quinn: State Funding For Wrigley Renovations 'Not In The Cards'

Posted 04.09.2012 | Chicago

While Mayor Rahm Emanuel has vocalized his support for carving out some of the cash-strapped city's budget to offset Wrigley Field renovations, Illino...

Chicago Unveils Ad Campaign Aimed At Upping Winter Tourism

Posted 01.18.2012 | Chicago

Chicago has launched its first-ever TV ad campaign aimed at attracting new visitors to the county's third largest city, even during the typically hars...

Navy Pier Takes Aim At $155M In Improvements

Posted 08.30.2011 | Chicago

The new non-profit organization grabbing the reins of Navy Pier as of July 1 on Thursday unveiled their plans for a $155-million facelift to the facil...

Second To Who? City Claims Chicago Stole New Tourism Slogan

Posted 08.29.2011 | Chicago

Earlier this week, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau rolled out a big, $6 million campaign promoting travel to the city. The centerpiece of th...

Chicago Hopes New Campaign Will Attract More Tourists

Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau is hoping to attract more visitors to the Windy City with a new, $6 million campaign: "Chicago, Second to None...

Lollapalooza Ticket Needed To Visit Buckingham Fountain?

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Strokes, Mavis Staples and Green Day weren't the only attractions in Grant Park requiring a pricey Lollapalooza ticket to see up close. Despite...

A Guide To Chicago City Guides

The A.V. Club Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Summertime in Chicago means many things to many people, but to an increasingly cash-strapped city it means it's time for the annual influx of those sw...

Dining At Navy Pier: Your Best Bets

Gapers Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Navy Pier is Illinois's number one tourist destination; home of Chicago Public Radio, Chicago Children's Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater; hub o...

Al Capone's Legacy Lives On, To Chicago's Dismay

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago, as any proud city official will tell you, is known for many things: its stunning architecture, its extensive green spaces, its hapless yet be...

McPier, Navy Pier And McCormick Place Parent Company, Expecting $34M Loss

Chicago Public Radio | Susie An | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The agency that runs Chicago's Navy Pier and McCormick Place is feeling the pinch from the recession....

Chicago Tourism: $11.8 Bilion Came From Over 45 Million Tourists In '08

Crain's Chicago Business | Monee Fields-White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than 45 million domestic and international tourists visited Chicago in 2008 and spent $11.8 billion, according to the latest figures from the Tra...

Convention And Trade Show Business Takes A Beating In Cratering Economy

Crain's Chicago Business | Monée Fields-White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

McCormick Place conventions and trade shows are sustaining double-digit declines in attendance this year, squeezing local hotels, restaurants and othe...