Favorite Things To Do in Chicago

The results are in, and the best concierge in the country have voted these 170 establishements as their favorite locations in the city. Don't waste your time wondering where to eat, drink, shop, and learn. These lists have you covered. We just made your trip to Chicago a whole lot easier.


This audience-interactive multimedia performance has some new additions to the program, including “GiPads,” a riff on tablet computers, and a new finale with different music.

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain

For a more royal aesthetic, the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park is patterned on the Latona Basin in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. The fountain contains four identical pairs of twenty-foot bronze sea horses.


Don’t be surprised if you catch this blues club’s namesake performing with the local and world-renowned artists on stage.


Lively and sprawling eatery boating a festive vibe and offering everything from authentic soulful cuisine to simple dishes from all over Latin America. A kaleidoscope of colors, salsa music, and playful decor ignite the sense of being in a Latin house party. Make sure to try their weekend brunch.    

Cherry Circle Room

Cherry Circle Room

This James Beard Award winning restaurant at the Chicago Athletic Association is designed to be modern without forgetting the historical architecture attached to the building. Take a moment from marveling at the design to chew on some of the dishes that are also inspired by some of the menus from the 1890s like the 30-day… Read more »


The city’s leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation through tours, exhibitions, and special events.

Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago Crime Tours

Experience all the history behind Chicago’s dark past in this fact-filled, comfortable bus tour.

Chicago History Museum

This Lincoln Park museum presents the rich multicutural history of Chicago and Illinois. Experience the first passenger car that rode on the L tracks in 1893, investigate the responses to many of the city’s crises like the Great Fire of 1871, see artifacts from the World’s Fair, and more.