Chicago

We all know that Chicago goes all out for St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s no surprise that the entire city comes together for Cinco de Mayo, too. Start with the parade from Little Village that leads to the festivities at Douglas Park with local marching bands, mariachi bands, and beautifully decorated parade floats. Then head to some of the local restaurants for food and drink specials, like a spicy Mexican chocolate cupcake at Sugar Bliss Bakery, or City Winery Riverwalk for drink specials and river views. Grab your partner and let the music take you away with a dance party and salsa lesson at Duet Dance Studios. Now that you’re a salsa dancing pro, it’s time to head out on the water for a proper Cinco de Mayo party cruise on Lake Michigan.

WITS 2014

Fall is a magical time in Chicago, trees transform into crispy auburn and the city puts on some truly enchanting events. From local farms to city farmer’s markets, taste authentic Illinois fall flavor throughout. With such a spooky history, there are plentiful ghost tours taking place during the season, and Halloween lights up across every corner of the city come October. Grab some mulled wine at a local farmer’s market and spend chilly fall days exploring the historical and picturesque lanes of Chicago.

This is Home

7 - chicago, where a lot of my family is and my birthplace!

Shaking off the winter weather, Chicago comes alive during the warm summer- and Pride is the perfect and colorful celebration to embrace what this city has to offer. While some staple events remain postponed, Pride in the Park is a live outdoor music festival that is planned for late June, so get ready for some fun with great tunes and good vibes at this welcoming Pride destination.

We all know that Chicago goes all out for St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s no surprise that the entire city comes together for Cinco de Mayo, too. Start with the parade from Little Village that leads to the festivities at Douglas Park with local marching bands, mariachi bands, and beautifully decorated parade floats. Then head to some of the local restaurants for food and drink specials, like a spicy Mexican chocolate cupcake at Sugar Bliss Bakery, or City Winery Riverwalk for drink specials and river views. Grab your partner and let the music take you away with a dance party and salsa lesson at Duet Dance Studios. Now that you’re a salsa dancing pro, it’s time to head out on the water for a proper Cinco de Mayo party cruise on Lake Michigan.

Chicago is magical during the summertime, you see the city come alive beneath sunny days. You can plan a Ferris Bueller's Day Off-themed activity day complete with the breathtaking view from Sears Tower and a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago to check out world-renown art or relax along the sandy beaches of freshwater Lake Michigan. We recommend grabbing a slice of authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza while you're in town to see what all the hype is about.

From doughnuts to hotdogs, the Windy City is a feast for food lovers. Don't miss the drinks at the Aviary.

United States Illinois

Map of Chicago

Chicago Lists

  • Brew Chicago

    Because there is more to Chicago than Goose Island.
  • Bottomless Chicago

    I had some culture shock moving from Massachusetts, a place that doesn't believe in happy hour, to Chicago, who not only believes in happy hour but also happily promotes bottomless mimosas. Here are some places in the city that offer exactly that!
  • Best Chicago Coffee Shops to Work From

    I try them all so you don’t have to! If they’ve made this list then you know they have great coffee, reliable wifi, and an aesthetic that will help fuel your creativity.
  • Best Tacos in Chicago

    Everyone knows about deep dish pizza and Chicago dogs, but few people know that Chicago actually has some truly incredible tacos!!!
  • Chicago Christmas

  • Chicago Things To Do

  • Black-owned Restaurants in Chicago

    My favorite black owned restaurants in Chicago
  • Who Am I list

    Here's my "get to know me" list
  • Incredible Playgrounds Around The World That Were Designed By Artists

    Artists have long been fascinated with how their work could be interacted with, and nothing gets quite as much interaction as a jungle gym. These abstract pieces are some of the most popular and aesthetically pleasing playgrounds in the world (whether the artist intended it as that or not). From the dynamic playscapes of Noguchi to the glistening climbing wall of Székely, these artworks are multifunctional- and an excellent way to keep your children occupied while you enjoy some art.
  • Beautiful and unique libraries around the world.

  • Top Tourist Attractions in the US

    These attractions range from breathtaking to dazzling- with gorgeous natural landscapes, sparkling nightlife, and everything in between. No matter your USA plans, whether you are exploring natural parks, touring NYC, or visiting *every* iconic theme park in the country, life-changing experiences await. These are the most legendary tourist attractions across the United States, from the effervescent Las Vegas Strip to The Grand Canyon. Make it a trip to remember, and consider these spots for your USA bucket list.
  • Tasting the best foods ever, a piece of Italy around the world: Eataly Experience

  • Route 66 Road Trip

    Ready to get your kicks on route 66? This route 66 road trip route and map covers all the best sights and attractions along America's Mother Road.
  • Spilling the Tea. Best Tea Houses and High Tea in the US.

  • Iconic Places in the US

    These monumental locations have maintained their status as bucket list-worthy travel destinations. Whether it's the iconic Hollywood sign that transports you into a movie or the dirt roads of Route 66, these landmarks are distinguished in how they have influenced culture across the US. Inspiring natural wonders, incredible architecture, sobering memorials, and outright stunning achievements of humanity: enjoy our Seeker-approved list of the most iconic landmarks in the US.

Chicago Images

Chicago Articles

  • 50 of the Most Romantic Places in the US by State

    Love is in the air, around the corner, and all over the map. Whether you prefer long walks on the beach at sunset, wining and dining until the wee hours of the morning, or soaring to new heights – literally, we have 50 shades of ways to spark love, rekindle romance, and induce wanderlust. Let’s […]

    Read more...
  • 15 Creative Date Ideas in Chicago For Any Budget

    The Midwest’s largest city, Chicago, is the ideal place to turn your ordinary date night into an extraordinary excursion everyone will envy. With 26 miles of lakefront, 25 beaches, 600 parks, 200 music venues, and more than 7,000 cocktail bars and restaurants, there are countless places to take a date in the Windy City. But […]

    Read more...
  • 17 of the Most Haunted Places in America

    Mysterious and spooky, ghosts have captivated the world for centuries. From ghost stories and seances to haunted tours of the most mysterious places on earth, the fascination with spirits and connecting with the departed skyrockets during autumn with cooler weather, long nights, and, of course, Halloween. The most haunted places in the U.S. are not […]

    Read more...
  • 9 of America’s Top Dinosaur Museums & Attractions

    Did you grow up lecturing classmates on the difference between a Brontosaurus and a Brachiosaurus? Did you spend sleepless nights watching Jurassic Park over and over (and over) again? While we can’t hook you up with a time machine, we can point you toward nine dinosaur museums and dinosaur attractions across the US where you […]

    Read more...
  • List of Recreational Dispensaries in the US By State

    Recreational marijuana has seen exponential growth and acceptance since Colorado first passed Colorado Amendment 64 nearly a decade ago, legalizing recreational use for adults 21 and over. Since that big day, other states have followed suit, falling like dominos in their efforts to legalize and commercialize recreational marijuana use. Today, over 36 states have legalized […]

    Read more...
  • The Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2022

    On May 5, 1862, Mexico celebrated a history-making victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. This win was a source of great pride for Mexico— and for those of Mexican descent around the world. It’s believed that Cinco de Mayo was first celebrated in America just one year later in 1863, and today, it’s […]

    Read more...
  • The Best Cities in the US For Architecture Lovers

    One of the most unquestionably enticing elements of travel is feasting your eyes on the buildings that populate your favorite cityscapes. Beyond New York City’s soaring skyline, San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge, and Savannah’s iconic oak trees lie city streets lined with skyscrapers, mansions, monuments, and more.  Architectural enthusiasts enamored with rich histories, intricate […]

    Read more...
  • Is Colombia Safe for Travel in 2022?

    “You’re going where?” – my mum. When a parent hears the news that their child is going to Colombia, they are typically…less than thrilled. And to be fair, if you had ingested the last four to six decades of Colombian news, you’d probably be a little hesitant to send a loved one there, too. From […]

    Read more...