The United States’ third most populous city, Chicago is a lively, multi-cultural destination that will keep you on the move. Its 77 distinct neighborhoods each have something unique to offer – admire the skyscrapers that dominate the Loop, Chicago’s main downtown area. Enjoy a night out with one of the many live music clubs and craft cocktail bars in Wicker Park or Bucktown. And be sure not to miss a Chicago Cubs baseball game in Wrigleyville, home of the famous Wrigley Field.
The Luck of the Irish: St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is an extravagant event that everyone can enjoy, Irish or not. It kicks off at 9:00 am with dyeing the Chicago River green (don’t worry, it’s eco-friendly), one of the world’s most unique St. Patrick’s Day rituals. Dating back nearly half a century, this tradition brings around 400,000 spectators every year. Afterwards, head downtown to witness one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S. The parade is a three-hour celebration of the city’s rich Irish heritage, so wear some green and get ready for marching bands, bagpipes, Irish step dancers, and more!
Say Cheese: Photo with the Cloud Gate Sculpture (The Bean)
No trip to Chicago would be complete without a picture in front of the Cloud Gate Sculpture (aka “The Bean”). Nicknamed for its legume-like shape, The Bean is one of Chicago’s most recognizable landmarks, and can be found in Millennium Park. Pack your gear and get ready to capture the moment. Made out of highly polished stainless steel plates, it’s a popular place for tourists to take the perfect vacation snapshot because of the way it reflects the city’s glorious skyline. Afterwards, grab some lunch at one of the many nearby restaurants.
The Original Deep Dish: Eat at Uno Pizzeria
If there’s one food that screams Chicago, it’s deep dish pizza. Simple, filling, and downright delicious, Chicago has made a name for itself as one of the top pizza cities in the world. Deep dish pizza, which has a very deep crust baked in a round, steel pan, resembles pie more than typical pizza. In 1943, Uno Pizzeria invented the deep dish style. Buttery dough, Italian spices, the best tomatoes, and heaps of cheese baked together for nearly an hour – voila! Chicago’s staple food was born. With dough made fresh every morning, Uno Pizzeria’s deep dish should not be missed.