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Chicago offers a rich tapestry of neighborhood festivals and special events in addition to regular attractions. The official Chicago tourism site allows you to search by date to find special events during your stay - scroll down to the weekly calendar and select the see full calendar option to get started.

Also, make sure to check out the links in the plan your trip tab for a wealth of information on coordinating a Chicago visit.

Explore Chicago

Click the category headings to toggle detail for resources and recommendations.

Land Lubbers

Chicago Segway Tours
A unique way to see the city. Scroll down the Segway link and click a tour for more information.

The Age of Gangsters
Untouchable tours takes you on a tour of Capone's Chicago

On the Water

Chicago River Architectural Cruises
River tours offer a unique look at the long and storied history of Chicago Architecture. A must see for any trip to the city.

Dinner Cruises on Lake Michigan
Odyssey Cruises offers several options with live entertainment.

Chicago by Kayak
Choose from a wide variety of lake and river tours and work on your biceps

The public parks and beaches along Lake Michigan are the pride of Chicago. Jogging/walking trails and bike paths provide multiple options to take in the breathtaking scenery. Sandy beaches and secluded nature preserves provide an opportunity to catch some sun in the summer months. A wide variety of special events from theater in the park to music and cultural festivals are also available.

Chicago Park District
(Scroll down to see a host of featured events)

Bike rentals and maps
(Check out the Lakefront and Wrigley/Andersonville tours)

Some Outstanding Clubs
(Video bar)
(Dance and mingle)
Big Chicks
(Dance and mingle)

The Full Monty
Comprehensive listing of Chicago gay Clubs and Saunas

Chicago is a culinary paradise. You have just about any cuisine option that you could dream about, from hole in the wall hotdog and pizza joints to diverse ethnic choices, renowned chefs and world class dining.

With so many options and a constantly evolving restaurant scene, a static list of restaurants would quickly get stale. Check out the Chicago Magazine link below to search for restaurants by cuisine, neighborhood and /or price.
Chicago Restaurant Guide

Chicago is home to a wide range of theater options from alternative interactive plays to Broadway productions. Whatever your taste, you'll be able to find some options of interest. Check out the following TimeOut link to search for options by date, genre and location.
Chicago Theater Guide

No trip to Chicago is complete without a night of Blues. There are many Blues (and Jazz) options throughout the city. Use the TimeOut link below for a full list and check out the B.L.U.E.S. link belowfor an intimate, unique experience.
Chicago Music Guide