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First-Time Chicago Visitor Guide

Welcome to Chicago, a city that rolls out the welcome mat and keeps you engaged throughout your stay. There is so much to see and do, and that can be overwhelming. To help you make the most out of your stay, we’ve rounded up the perfect things to do for first-timers so that you can cherry-pick what excites you.

Spice Up Your Date Nights in the Loop

Grabbing a drink might be fine for the first time you go out with someone; but second, third and fourth dates call for something special. And we’ve got you covered! We have rounded up some unique date night ideas in the Loop.

Must-Go Summer Music Fests in the Loop

The sound of summer in Chicago is the sound of music festivals. Although Lollapalooza is the apex of its kind, there are plenty of other music fests in the Chicago Loop for you to get your groove on and grace the outdoors. Make the most of Chicago’s best season with these musical experiences.

Swanky Rooftop Bars in the Chicago Loop

As warmer weather rolls in, rooftop bar hopping season is in full swing. Take your weekend or after work plans to a whole new level (literally) at one of Chicago Loop’s finest rooftop bars.

Get Caffeinated: The Chicago Loop's Best Coffee Shops

Whether you’re running to work with a coffee in-hand or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, these Loop coffee spots will ensure you stay caffeinated all day long. 

Loop List: Places to Walk, Sculptures to See

When walking through the Loop, you can see massive buildings all around, restaurants with amazing food options on just about every street, and theaters showing award-winning and even world premier shows. But there’s something else you can experience in the Loop: art created by world-renowned artists. Start with Calder’s Flamingo and walk your way through some of the amazing artworks on display throughout the Loop, ending with the lions guarding the Art Institute of Chicago. And if you’re looking to see more art in Chicago, head into the Art Institute of Chicago and enjoy!

Loop List: Summer Theatre in the Loop

Chicago is known for many things and theatre is one of them. Just take a walk through the Theatre District and you will see only some of the theatres that Chicago has to offer. It’s no wonder why this summer’s lineup of award-winning plays and musicals includes two world premieres. Check out the full list and get your tickets, so you can sit back and enjoy the show.

Loop List: 2016 Music Festivals

It is summertime in the Loop, so let the festivals begin! From the blues, to classical works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, to today’s alternative and pop, there is a live music event for everyone to enjoy. Most of the festivals in this year’s lineup are free, so check out what each event has to offer.

Loop List: 2015 Music Festivals

It finally feels like spring, and as the weather warms up so does the Loop’s outdoor music scene. Whether you are looking for heavy metal or smooth jazz, this year’s music festival line-up has something for everyone. 

September 2013 Loop List: Music and (Happy) Shows

September is a month of music and shows in downtown Chicago, featuring the 15th annual World Music Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the musical "Evita" and "Joan of Arc" the opera, and comedians Kevin James and Dane Cook among other exciting events.


September 12-22 | Chicago Cultural Center | Hours, locations vary | Free Admission

Presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, this city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.


September 11-13 | John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza | 11am-9pm | Free Admission

Don’t miss the largest, longest-running Oktoberfest in Chicago! The celebration starts with traditional German musical performances and featured nightly shows with some of Chicago’s favorite bands. Also consider the VIP Experience, great for group gatherings and office outings.


Until September 23! | Chicago Cultural Center | 10-7pm Mon-Thu 10-6pm Fri-Sun | Free Admission

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s exploration of happiness (above) is an exhibition of such magnitude that one gallery cannot contain it. The Happy Show is currently exhibited in both the Exhibition Hall and Yates Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center.


September 12 | Chicago Theatre | 7:30pm, 10:00pm | $39.50-75

MSG Entertainment and Live Nation welcome comedian Kevin James to The Chicago Theatre as part of his national stand-up comedy tour, Kevin James Live. James starred in and produced the hit sitcom, The King of Queens, and has been a rising star in the comedic film world since 2005.


September 21 | Chicago Symphony Center | 7pm | $58+

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's celebration of Verdi continues with Symphony Ball featuring an all-Verdi program with Maestro Muti leading the CSO, Chorus and soprano Barbara Frittoli and bass-baritone Luca Dall'Amico in incidental music and choruses from Macbeth, Ernani, Nabucco and La forza del destino, as well as the Overture to I vespri siciliani. The evening begins with a preconcert reception for all ticket holders. Gala package patrons will enjoy postconcert cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Bill Pollack Orchestra at the Palmer House Hilton.


September 22 | Chicago Theatre | 8pm | $39.50-55

Dane Cook will perform for one night only as part of his national stand-up comedy tour, “Under Oath.” The “Under Oath” tour marks Dane’s first live tour since his highly successful “ISolated INcident” tour in 2009.  Combining energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and trenchant observations about human behavior, Cook’s unique brand of stand-up and accessible guy-next-door attitude have galvanized audiences of all ages.


September 18 - October 6 | Oriental Theatre | 2pm, 7:30pm | $27-90

This Tony Award-winning musical returns, telling the story of how Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. It features the beautiful, classic songs Don't Cry for Me Argentina, Another Suitcase in Another Hall and High Flying, Adored.


September 21-29 | Harris Theater for Music and Dance | $35+

Chicago Opera Theater's Joan of Arc is a bold portrayal of the iconic woman who sacrificed everything to fight for her beliefs and her country. Fun fact: this was chosen by COT's audiences to celebrate composer Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday. This production is sung in Italian with English supertitles.


September 2013-June 2014 | Chicago Symphony Center | $33+

See the Chicago Symphony Orchestra practically any night of the week! Their 2013/14 schedule is packed with shows, mixing classic and more contemporary works by various composers.


September 14 | Grant Park | 12pm

Celebrate Mexican culture at the annual Mexican Independence Parade in downtown Chicago.