The jewel of America's heartland, few cities in the world can match the character and culture of Chicago. Chicago blends the style and sophistication of one of the largest cities in the United States with the friendliness and approachability of the Midwest.
Renowned for its architecture, Chicago is home to some of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world. Architects Frank Gehry and Jaume Plensa have made Millennium Park a top destination for stunning examples of public art as well as a favorite spot for taking in outdoor concerts, splashing in the fountains or sipping cocktails at open-air cafes.
Whether in town for business or pleasure, visitors are drawn to the natural beauty of Lake Michigan with its sandy beaches and jogging paths, world-class dining, distinguished museums, and downtown neighborhood entertainment options. The bustling theater district and celebrated theater companies offer options ranging from improvisional comedy to traditional theater to dance productions. Home to twenty-one Michelin-rated restaurants, Chicago is truly a dining mecca.
Shoppers revel in the 460 storefronts lining the Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, located next to Waldorf Astoria Chicago hotel. The most extraordinary brands in the world are represented there and on neighboring Oak Street, the most exclusive shopping destination in the city. Chicago's neighborhoods, including Wicker Park, Bucktown and Lincoln Park among others, offer charming alternative shopping and dining options.
A transportation hub, the downtown area is reached easily via a network of expressways and public transportation. Chicago has been called one of the most walkable cities in the United States, some routes winding through lovely parks and along the lakefront.