In 2014, Chicago, Illinois set a new visitation record estimated at 50.2 million visitors, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2013. Since 2010, the tourism and hospitality industries have added 9,800 jobs, generating $13.7 billion in direct spending by visitors and $871 million in total tax revenue.

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  • Choose Chicago is proud to support Small Business Saturday® this Nov 25. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day celebrates and supports the small businesses that make communities unique.

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  • Choose Chicago is proud to support Small Business Saturday® this Nov 25. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day celebrates and supports the small businesses that make communities unique.

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  • With more than 250 companies, Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant theatre scene. Add a performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including these top plays and...

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  • With more than 250 companies, Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant theatre scene. Add a performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including these top plays and...

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  • With so many free things to do this month, there's a lot to be grateful for this November! As the holiday season officially begins, there's a long list of things that will become full: tummies, parks, and ice skating rinks are among them, but nothing is more full than Chicago's social calendar! 

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  • With so many free things to do this month, there's a lot to be grateful for this November! As the holiday season officially begins, there's a long list of things that will become full: tummies, parks, and ice skating rinks are among them, but nothing is more full than Chicago's social calendar! 

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  • In the short forward to his classic 1917 tome The Ideal Bartender, Tom Bullock, a St. Louis bartender and the first African American to publish a cocktail recipe book, mused, "Is it any wonder that mankind stands open-mouthed before the bartender, considering the mysteries and marvels of an art that borders on magic?" Widely considered an American invention, it wasn't until Prohibition ended in 19...

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  • In the short forward to his classic 1917 tome The Ideal Bartender, Tom Bullock, a St. Louis bartender and the first African American to publish a cocktail recipe book, mused, "Is it any wonder that mankind stands open-mouthed before the bartender, considering the mysteries and marvels of an art that borders on magic?" Widely considered an American invention, it wasn't until Prohibition ended in 19...

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  • While the city has lots to explore, sometimes you just want to relax in your room with a nice glass of wine. These Chicago hotels boast some of our favorite views of the city.

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  • It’s curious to think that in the mid-19th century, the Union Stock Yard Gate once was the last thing that millions of animals saw as they were led to their slaughter for use as meat products and various other sundry goods. Today, visitors to this city landmark will only encounter rumbling trucks belonging to nearby companies such as the Royal Envelope Corporation, Aramark Uniform Services and the...

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  • While the city has lots to explore, sometimes you just want to relax in your room with a nice glass of wine. These Chicago hotels boast some of our favorite views of the city.

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  • It’s curious to think that in the mid-19th century, the Union Stock Yard Gate once was the last thing that millions of animals saw as they were led to their slaughter for use as meat products and various other sundry goods. Today, visitors to this city landmark will only encounter rumbling trucks belonging to nearby companies such as the Royal Envelope Corporation, Aramark Uniform Services and the...

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  • As the weather shifts, it's time to refresh and rejuvenate our skin as we prepare for colder, harsher winter weather. Here are three options blending science and nature to get your skin in tip-top shape at Chicago's best spas and beauty boutiques.

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  • Joffrey Ballet sweeps into its new season with the legendary Romantic ballet, Giselle. Equipped with a gorgeous backdrop and elegant staging by Lola de Avila, this tragic lovers tale is a must see. Giselle runs through October 29 at the Auditorium Theatre and features a rare display of soft, simplistic movements by a company noted for contemporary style.

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  • As the weather shifts, it's time to refresh and rejuvenate our skin as we prepare for colder, harsher winter weather. Here are three options blending science and nature to get your skin in tip-top shape at Chicago's best spas and beauty boutiques.

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  • Joffrey Ballet sweeps into its new season with the legendary Romantic ballet, Giselle. Equipped with a gorgeous backdrop and elegant staging by Lola de Avila, this tragic lovers tale is a must see. Giselle runs through October 29 at the Auditorium Theatre and features a rare display of soft, simplistic movements by a company noted for contemporary style.

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  • We might be a big city, but Chicago is rooted in its neighborhoods. This weekend, learn about the cultural fabrics that make up many of our neighborhoods. Whether you choose to explore museums that are part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance or get an early start with authentic Dia de los Muertos celebrations, learn more about who makes up the fabric of Chicago's diversity. You'll also get a good gl...

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  • Why go to see another run-of-the-mill movie when you can catch a live, world-class, kid-friendly show at a downtown theater for less than $8? The Exelon Family Series performances are designed for children ages 4–12 and hit the stage of the Harris Theater at 2 p.m. on Saturdays: that means you can spend a weekend afternoon with your whole family at the theater, complete with educational materials,...

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  • We might be a big city, but Chicago is rooted in its neighborhoods. This weekend, learn about the cultural fabrics that make up many of our neighborhoods. Whether you choose to explore museums that are part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance or get an early start with authentic Dia de los Muertos celebrations, learn more about who makes up the fabric of Chicago's diversity. You'll also get a good gl...

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  • Why go to see another run-of-the-mill movie when you can catch a live, world-class, kid-friendly show at a downtown theater for less than $8? The Exelon Family Series performances are designed for children ages 4–12 and hit the stage of the Harris Theater at 2 p.m. on Saturdays: that means you can spend a weekend afternoon with your whole family at the theater, complete with educational materials,...

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  • Chicago is the fabled city of big shoulders, big buildings and with a renowned foodie scene, big appetites. But at its core, this is really a city of neighborhoods and diverse ethnic communities. You can travel through dozens of countries and cultures of the world just by exploring Chicago neighborhoods and cultural institutions. The Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA) serves as connector to 35 museum...

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  • Chicago is the fabled city of big shoulders, big buildings and with a renowned foodie scene, big appetites. But at its core, this is really a city of neighborhoods and diverse ethnic communities. You can travel through dozens of countries and cultures of the world just by exploring Chicago neighborhoods and cultural institutions. The Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA) serves as connector to 35 museum...

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  • National Chocolate Day isn't until October 28, but we've been celebrating all month long. Especially considering the diverse and delicious chocolate offerings in the city.

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  • Arun’s can be considered as an important Chicago institution, having been in business for over 30 years. It could even be called one of Chicago’s first few token fine dining restaurants, for its elevated take on Thai dishes set in an elegant space.

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  • National Chocolate Day isn't until October 28, but we've been celebrating all month long. Especially considering the diverse and delicious chocolate offerings in the city.

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  • Arun’s can be considered as an important Chicago institution, having been in business for over 30 years. It could even be called one of Chicago’s first few token fine dining restaurants, for its elevated take on Thai dishes set in an elegant space.

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