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Chicago


Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the largest city in Illinois, and 3rd largest in the United States over all. As of the 2000 census, the city iself had a population of 2,896,016. Additionally, when combined with its suburbs and the nine surrounding counties in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, the metropolitan area (known as "Chicagoland") has a population of almost 10 million.

Chicago, Illinois

The city has a highly diversified economy, including financial services, manufacturing, printing and publishing. Chicago is home to the nation's 2nd largest business district (after New York City), and the 3rd largest media market (after Los Angeles and New York City), and four major financial and futures exchanges.

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Chicago is a popular tourist destination, attracting well over 30 million visitors each year. Some of the attractions in Chicago include:

Chicago Facts


Here is some more information about Chicago:
  • Sports teams in Chicago include the American football team, the Chicago Bears, the basketball team, the Chicago Bulls, the Major League Baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, the Major League Baseball team, the Chicago White Sox, and the NHL ice hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Airports for Chicago include Chicago Midway International Airport and O'Hare International Airport.

  • Some of the leading companies with their headquarters in Chicago include Boeing, Exelon and Sara Lee.

  • Perhaps the most famous educational institution in Chicago is the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago is a private university that was originally founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1890, and held its first classes in 1892.

  • Chicago is home to a unique style of pizza, known simply as Chicago-style pizza. Chicago-style pizza is very a deep dish pizza, more like a casserole or lasagna than traditional thin crust pizza, and which was probably invented at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago in 1943. Additionally, there also another style of pizza that is unique to the city, sometimes known as "flat pizza" which has a crunchy texture and is usually cut into squares (known as "party cut").

    Flat Pizza


  • Chicago's nicknames include "Chi-Town", "City in a Garden", "The City of the Big Shoulders", "The City That Works", "The Second City", and "The Windy City".

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Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois (Michelin Streetwise Maps)

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Streetwise Chicago Map is a laminated city center map of Chicago, Illinois. The accordion-fold pocket size travel map has an integrated CTA & Metra map including lines & stations

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Chicago Area Map 1:330,000
Chicago CTA & Metra Map

Dimensions: 4" x 8.5" folded, 8.5" x 28" unfolded

Discover Chicago's unique neighborhoods, and find a unique perspective on the city's architecture via a river cruise. Admire the Art Institute's world-class collection, enjoy the shopping haven of the Magnificent Mile; or cheer on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Take a drive along the picturesque waterfront of Lake Shore Drive from the Art Institute at Grant Park to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science (home to Sue, the city's beloved Tyrannosaurus Rex) to the architectural oasis of the Illinois Institute of Technology campus and Oak Park.

All these sites are clearly marked and indexed on the STREETWISE® Chicago city map. Also included are an enlarged detailed map of the downtown, an area map that includes the major routes and surrounding towns of Chicago and a map of the Metra system. The pocket size map of Chicago is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. For more detailed exploration on this magnificent city, check out the Michelin Green Guide Chicago and the MICHELIN Guide (Red Guide) Chicago, for the best selection of restaurants in town.

Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago 2018

By Not For Tourists

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The Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago is a map-based, neighborhood-by-neighborhood dream guide that divides Chi-Town into sixty mapped neighborhoods from Gold Coast and Lincoln Park to Wrigleyville and Lakeview. Designed to lighten the load of already street-savvy locals, commuters, business travelers, and yes, tourists too, every map is dotted with user-friendly NFT icons that plot the nearest essential services and entertainment locations, while providing important information on things like kid-friendly activities, public transportation, restaurants, bars, and Chicago’s art scene.

Need to find the best deep-dish pizza hideouts around? NFT has you covered. How about a list of the top sports attractions in the famously sports-crazy city? We’ve got that, too. The nearest beach, jazz club, coffee shop, or bookstore―whatever you need―NFT puts it at your fingertips. This book also features:

• A foldout highway map
• Sections on the North Side, Near North Side, Near West Side, the Greater Loop, the South Side, and Greater Chicago
• More than 150 neighborhood and city maps

It’s the only key to the Windy City that Rahm Emanuel can’t give you.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2017-01-17
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago will lead you straight to the best attractions the Windy City has to offer.

Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Art Institute of Chicago, shop on Michigan Avenue, enjoy the rides at the Navy Pier funfair, take in the view from the Willis Tower, or explore the areas outside the heart of the city.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights, a selected sight and street index, public transit map, practical information on getting around, and a chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day-trips and itineraries to explore beyond the city.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago truly shows you what others only tell you.

Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to Chicago, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time and experience the best of everything.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Chicago (America the Beautiful)

By Jordan Worek

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A lavishly illustrated tour of America's most compellingly beautiful places.

The America the Beautiful series takes readers on a photographic tour of the country's most beautiful states and most vibrant cities. Top photographers contribute their best images -- from dazzling cityscapes to quiet forests -- of both well-known destinations and hidden gems. Clear and informative captions bring each scene to life. These handsomely designed books show the beauty of each destination, to be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, President Barack Obama's hometown. This city is a big tourist destination and vibrant with its wealth of attractions which include:

  • Museums, including the renowned Art Institute of Chicago
  • The popular Navy Pier Extraordinary architecture and eye-popping skyscrapers
  • The famed Magnificent Mile
  • Outstanding parks and beaches along its Lake Michigan shoreline
  • A lively nightlife
  • And many historic landmarks.
  • In short, it's everyone's kind of town -- diverse, beautiful, exciting and brought to life here in great photographs and lively captions.

Fodor's Chicago (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-12-22
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.



Fodor's Chicago is the perfect companion for a trip to this quintessential American city. With colorful features and the most updated information, Fodor's Chicago gets straight to the best of what this city has to offer, everything from art to architecture to shopping, baseball, jazz, and the very best deep-dish pizza. Our in-depth coverage also includes top reasons to visit the culturally and historically rich suburbs of Chicago, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park home studio, the Mallott Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Brookfield Zoo.



This travel guide includes:

· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information

· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks

· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path

· In-depth breakout features on The Art Institute of Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright, and The Blues 

· Major sights such as Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, The Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Millennium Park

· Day Trips from Chicago including West of Chicago and North of Chicago

· Coverage of: The Loop; Near North and River North; Lincoln Park and Wicker Park; Lakeview and the Far North Side; Pilsen, Little Italy, and Chinatown; Hyde Park

Lonely Planet Chicago (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Chicago is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire Chicago's architecture on a river tour; visit the Art Institute of Chicago, or see a show at one of the city's 200 theaters; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Chicago and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Chicago:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, politics, architecture, sports, cuisine, music, arts, cinema, literature
  • Free, convenient pull-out Chicago map (included in print version), plus over 40 color maps
  • Covers The Loop, Near North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Boystown, Wrigleyville, Andersonville, Uptown, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Ukrainian Village, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, West Loop, Pilsen, South Side, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Chicago, our most comprehensive guide to Chicago, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of Chicago? Check out Pocket Chicago, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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Top 10 Chicago (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

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True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago covers all the region's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Chicago will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, from walking down the Magnificent Mile to visiting Willis Tower to the Art Institute of Chicago. Find the best hotels, food, and attractions for every budget.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago.

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to these areas of Chicago.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
   • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of history and culture. A free pull-out map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago.

Recommended: For an in-depth guidebook to Chicago, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago, which offers a complete overview of the city; thousands of photographs, illustrations, and maps; and more.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Lonely Planet Pocket Chicago (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet Pocket Chicago is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. See masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago, touch the silvery smoothness of the Bean, or visit the 103rd floor observatory in Willis Tower; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Chicago and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Chicago:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Chicago map (included in print version), plus over 15 color neighborhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organized by neighborhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers the Loop, Near North, Navy Pier, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Lake View, Wrigleyville, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Near West Side, Pilsen and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Chicago, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of Chicago's neighborhoods? Check out Lonely Planet Chicago.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois - Folding pocket size travel map with CTA, Metra map (Streetwise Maps)

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Brand: Streetwise Maps
Released: 2015-03-01
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Hyde Park - Kenwood Map 1:40,000
Wicker Park & Bucktown Map 1:27,000
Chicago Area Map 1:330,000
Chicago CTA & Metra Map

Crack! A roaring cheer muffles the ecstatic cry of the announcer’s amplified voice. The entire city block erupts in joy as a ball drops into the asphalt of West Waveland Avenue. Welcome to Wrigley field, one of the oldest ballparks in the country. Now you’re in Chicago, home to some of America’s biggest baseball fans, its tallest building and its deepest deep-dish pizza.

Chicago is the most active city, as well as the center of the Midwest. Hop on Lake Shore Drive and watch as this glistening waterside metropolis unfolds before your eyes. From the Art Institute at Grant Park to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science (home to Sue, the city’s beloved Tyrannosaurus Rex) to the architectural oasis of the Illinois Institute of Technology campus and Oak Park, Chicago is a world known cultural capital.

All these sites are clearly marked and indexed on the STREETWISE® Chicago city map. Also included are an enlarged detailed map of the downtown, an area map that includes the major routes and surrounding towns of Chicago and a map of the Metra system.

Our pocket size map of Chicago is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. The STREETWISE® Chicago map is one of many detailed and easy-to-read city street maps designed and published by STREETWISE®. Buy your STREETWISE® Chicago map today and you too can navigate Chicago, Illinios like a native. For a larger selection of our detailed travel maps simply type STREETWISE MAPS into the search bar.

Moon Chicago (Travel Guide)

By Rebecca Holland

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Moon Chicago reveals the Windy City's perfect mix of cosmopolitan culture and Midwestern charm.

  • Explore the City: Navigate by neighborhood or by activity with color-coded maps, or follow turn-by-turn directions for a self-guided neighborhood walk
  • See the Sights: Relax with the manta rays at Shedd Aquarium, listen to live music at Millenium Park, or take in some modern sculpture at the Art Institute. Venture onto the glass skydeck of the 110-story Willis Tower, or take a river tour of Chicago's historic architecture. Ride the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, cheer on the Cubs at Wrigley Field, or grab a picnic basket, kick off your shoes, and watch the waves on Lake Michigan
  • Get a Taste of the City: Sample Chicago beef at a classic steakhouse, grab a gourmet hot dog, or pick from dozens of high-end farm-to-table restaurants (but don't forget to try the deep-dish pizza!)
  • Bars and Nightlife: Kick back at an authentic speakeasy before taking in a jazz show, or visit the famous Second City improv comedy club, where many of Saturday Night Live's stars got their start
  • Trusted Advice: Local journalist and world traveler Rebecca Holland shares the secrets of her favorite city
  • Itineraries and Day Trips: All accessible by bus, train, or public transit, including "A Winter Day in Chicago," "Chicago with Kids," and a week-long "Best of Chicago" plan
  • Expert Tips: The best views, people-watching spots, romantic places, international cuisine, and more, plus advice for LGBTQ visitors, families with children, travelers with disabilities, and international visitors
  • Maps and Tools: Background information on Chicago's history and culture, as well as full-color photos and an easy-to-read foldout map to use on the go
With Moon Chicago's practical tips, unique experiences, and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way.

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