What to Do

On a map, Chicago is vast, but on the ground it is manageable and friendly. The city is a patchwork of more than 70 neighborhoods, some of which are identified by ethnic heritage (Ukrainian Village, Chinatown, Little Italy), some by location (Lakeview, Wicker Park, Near South Side, Lawndale), and some by whim (Bucktown's residents used to keep goats, "bucks," in their yards). Together, the neighborhoods form the heart of Chicago's astonishing diversity.

With world-class museums and cultural attractions alongside thriving communities, Chicago provides something for everyone. Below we have provided links to just a small sampling of cultural, festival, and sport venues you may want to visit during your stay.

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Things to Do 
Weekly Events Calendar 
Visitors Guide

Chicago's Cultural Scene

Adler Planetarium & Museum 
The Art Institute of Chicago 
Chicago Architecture Center
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Gallery News
Chicago Historical Society
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
DuSable Museum of African American Art The Field Museum of Natural History
The Goodman Theatre 
Hubbard Street Dance 
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art 
International Film Festival
International Museum of Surgical Science
Joffrey Ballet 
Lill Street Gallery
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lyric Opera 
The National Museum of Mexican Art 
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Museum of Science and Industry
Oak Park: Frank Lloyd Wright homes
Oriental Institute Museum (University of Chicago)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, The Chicago Academy of Sciences
River North gallery district 
Roger Brown Study Collection 
Second City 
Shedd Aquarium 
Smart Museum of Art (University of Chicago) 
Steppenwolf Theatre Company 
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
West Loop galleries

Chicago Festivals

Black Harvest International Film Festival
Chicago Asian American Film Festival
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Chicago Folk and Roots Festival
Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago Latino Film Festival
Irish American Heritage Festival
Pitchfork Music Festival
Printer's Row Book Fair
Taste of Chicago
Version Fest

Chicago Sports Teams

Chicago Bears (football)
Chicago Cubs (baseball)
Chicago White Sox (baseball)
Chicago Bulls (basketball)
Chicago Sky (basketball) 
Chicago Blackhawks (hockey)
Chicago Wolves (hockey)
Chicago Fire (soccer)