Chicago, IL - September 28, 2021: Friends hang out along Riverwalk, along the Chicago River, downtown in the Loop.

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With steely skyscrapers, top chefs, renowned museums and rocking festivals, the Windy City will blow you away with its multifaceted splendors.


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Things to Know

From figuring out public transport to what to wear and where to stay, here's what you need to know to make your Chicago trip a success.

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Best Neighborhoods

Pick the perfect part of the Windy City for your vacation needs with our ultimate guide to Chicago's neighborhoods.

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Day Trips

The Windy City may have endless delights to offer but that doesn't mean you need to stay in the city. Here are the 7 best day trips from Chicago.

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Money and Costs

Chicago may be big on experiences, but that doesn't mean you have to fork over big bucks. Here are our tips for navigating the Windy City on a budget.

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Chicago is the US's third-largest city, but efficient public transportation makes it easy to explore. Get to know the Windy City on the L, Metra and buses.

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Free Things to Do

Chicago is jam-packed with fun activities and not all of them are designed to blow your budget. Here are 22 totally free things to do in the Windy City.

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Traveling with Kids

With its wealth of interactive museums, fabulous parks, jaw-dropping architecture and family-friendly attitude, Chicago is tailor-made for travel with kids.

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