Chicago is our laboratory, our playground, and our muse. We encourage you to spend some time exploring the City that Works. Spend some time on the Chicago Tourism website. You can stay up to date about the city’s Covid-19 response, travel advisories and current restrictions when applicable, here.
There are many ways to explore the City of Chicago. You may want to ride a boat or a segway; focus on the food, beer, or architecture; see the famous points of interest or learn about Chicagoan life. Please note that COVID-19 may impact hours and availability. Please contact the tour company or venue directly.
Arts abound in and around the University. We invite you to visit UChicago Arts to get an overview of the vibrant culture here and access a list of the cultural organizations in the area. For UChicago students, the Arts Pass program offers you many ways to explore downtown.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours (Boat, Walking, Bus, etc)
Chicago Neighborhood Tours
Chicago Food Tours
Segway and Bike Tours
Chicago Detours, founded by a UChicago Alum, shares stories and places even locals don’t know through guided tours of Chicago architecture, history and culture. Walking tours of interior architecture, historic bars, food history and Chicago neighborhoods are available seven days a week, all year.
Chicago Cultural Center Tour (Free)
Free Tours by Foot Chicago
Kid's Audio Tour (Free)
There a number of locations that downtown Chicago is known for—certain skyscrapers, museums, theatre (signs), or art installations. Here is a short guide and a pointer to more resources.
Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, AKA The Bean
The Magnificent Mile
Willis Tower Skydeck (103rd Fl)
The Second City (Improv Comedy Club)
Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art
Field Museum (Zoology, Botany, to Geology)
Lincoln Park Zoo (Free)
The City of Chicago includes 77 diverse neighborhoods just north and south of the loop. Each features its own style of art, shop collections, cultural cuisines, and rich history. Here are a few, listed from closest to farthest from Hyde Park. The parenthesis shows the cuisine, art, or attraction it tends to be known for.
Greektown/Little Italy (Greek/Italian)
Old Town (Fancy old Chicago)
Lincoln Park (Zoo and beaches)
Bucktown/Wicker Park (Progressive art and cafes)
Lakeview/Boystown (Vibrant LGBTQ neighborhood)
Andersonville (Scandinavian, Middle Eastern)
Devon Avenue/Rogers Park (Pakistani, Russian, Ethiopian)
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