Discover Chicago

Get to know the wonderful city that we call home! Read all about Chicago’s excellent food, attractions, art, museums, architecture, history, culture, theater, music, nightlife, shopping, and more!

A How-To Guide to Being A Chicago Tourist

Millions of people journey to Chicago every year, but many have not done the proper leg work necessary to ensure a pleasant trip. Here are some pointers to make sure you don’t end up like so many Windy City wanderers before you.

Chicago’s Irish Festivals

Who’s to say that you should only celebrate Irish culture in March? Chicago gives tourists and natives alike the opportunity to put on some green and listen to bagpipes in the summer as well.

An UPchicago Summer Bucket List

There are some things you just have to do during a Chicago summer. This year, we’re making them happen. Here are our picks for the ultimate Chicago summer bucket list.

Perfect Halloween Party According to Your Personality

With so many creepy crawly clubs and boo-tastic bars, choosing where to celebrate Halloween this year could get a little scary. has created this personality party paring guide so all you have to worry about is having a spooktacular time!

Chicago Children’s Museum

If you you really want to let the little ones burn some energy for the day, take them to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier — it’s full of tons of great exhibits that are both fun and educational.

Second City Comedy: 50 Years of Funny

For the past fifty years, Second City Comedy Troupe and school, whose main focus is improv-based sketch comedy routines, has been grooming some of the funniest comedians of our time.

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Designed by Frank Gehry, the Pritzker Pavilion was created to provide a unique live music experience, offering near-perfect acoustics, a modern design and a stunning landscape.

Chicago History Museum

Did you know that Chicago was named after an onion? Or that the remote control and 16 inch softball were both invented in Chicago?

Museum of Science and Industry

Spend an entire day exploring this interactive science museum with historic permanent collections and innovative temporary exhibits.

The Painted Forest

Who says trees can’t be blue? Or yellow or orange? The Chicago Park District gave Lake Shore drive a splash of color with this limited-time outdoor art exhibition.

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

With an array of interactive activities & world-class facilities, the Planetarium never disappoints. Check out our guide to the Adler!

The Field Museum of Natural History

Spend the day wandering one of Chicago’s main attractions, the Field Museum, and see the largest and most complete tyrannosaurus skeleton in the world!

Chicago Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is a serene and colorful oasis just a few miles from the chaos of the city. Check out our guide to this special Chicago spot.

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain symbolizes Lake Michigan and is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful fountains.