The Windy City, the City of the Broad Shoulders, the Second City—there’s a reason Chicago has so many nicknames: this is a city of multitudes. That also means there’s a lot to do here, from fine dining to award-winning local theater to cultural gems like the Art Institute of Chicago. Whether you’re visiting Chicago for the first time or the tenth, here are twenty things you absolutely can't miss.
This is Van Gogh's self-portrait in the Art Institute of Chicago. No photograph does justice to it because of it's marvelous texture and luminosity. When I saw it in person, it literally brought tears to my eyes.
16 of Chicago's Greatest Secret Gardens and Park Spaces
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the city's most cherished cultural assets, but there's more to the museum than its galleries. Two pocket parks straddle the museum along Michigan Avenue, and the park just south of the museum features the dramatic Fountain of the Great Lakes sculpture from Lorado Taft.