Explore Chicago

A World-Class City with Midwestern Charm

There are few cities in the world quite like Chicago.

“It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago,” Mark Twain wrote. “She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.”

A world-class city whose history is rooted in innovation and creation, Chicago is a crossroads of business, research, culture, education, and entertainment — all perfectly framed by iconic architecture and Lake Michigan’s cerulean coastline.

Chicago Highlights

  • Most diversified economy in the U.S.
  • Best City in the U.S. (Conde Nast 2019)
  • Named 3rd Best City in the World (Time Out 2019)
  • Named 4th Most Innovative City (CNN Money 2019)
  • Food and Drink Capital of the World (Time Out 2019)
  • 8,700 acres of parkland
  • 28 miles of white sandy beaches
  • 150+ Summer Festivals

An International Hub with Outstanding Resources

With one of the most diversified and balanced economies in the world, Chicago is an international hub for finance, culture, commerce, industry, education, telecommunications, and transportation.

Chicago’s resources run deep, and they are right on our doorstep:

  • The Chicago Board of Trade
  • Second City
  • Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • The largest interior design market in the world
  • Film studios and production companies
  • The Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Global architectural and engineering firms
  • National sports franchises, including the Chicago Bulls, WNBA Chicago Sky, the Chicago Blackhawks, and of course, the beloved Cubs and Bears
  • World-class museums, including the Chicago Institute of Art, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Biotech companies and research laboratories
  • The Obama Foundation
  • Major colleges and universities including the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, and Northwestern