Welcome to Chicago

Chicago was voted the “#1 Best Big City in the U.S.” in the 2017 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards survey and crowned Restaurant City of the Year in 2017 by Bon Appetit.


For a selection of local events taking place during Conference, check out Choose Chicago.

Highlights before Conference include:

Sunday, June 10, 2:00 at the Art Institute: Trailblazing American Artists

Lincoln Quartet
Lei Hou violin
Qing Hou violin
Lawrence Neuman viola
Kenneth Olsen cello
Haydn String Quartet in A Major, Op. 20, No. 6
Walker String Quartet No. 1
Chihara Sophisticated Lady from Ellington Fantasy
Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, (Death and the Maiden)

Monday, June 11, 7:30 at Symphony Center: Gregory Porter & the CSO
Gregory Porter sings Nat King Cole and Me with the CSO



For a map of Chicago’s neighborhoods, click here.


As Chicago’s official downtown area, the Loop is one of the most important central business districts on the globe. In addition to its dynamic architecture and buzzing atmosphere, the area has an incredible concentration of cultural institutions, urban park spaces, and award-winning restaurants.

West Loop

Known for its award-winning restaurants, boutiques, flourishing art gallery district, and unique loft-style living, the West Loop is one of Chicago’s most attractive neighborhoods. Randolph and Fulton Market Streets have become an epicenter for internationally acclaimed restaurants led by some of the world’s most talented and innovative chefs.


Chicago’s Chinatown is one of the largest neighborhoods of its kind in the U.S. Located on the city’s near South Side, the vibrant and energetic culture is reflected in the area’s many specialty shops, authentic cultural cuisine, and signature landmarks, like Ping Tom Memorial Park and a Buddhist Temple.

Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s premier commercial district is home to upscale shops, luxe fashion outlets, and posh hotels. Landmarks include the historic Chicago Water Tower, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, the terracotta Wrigley Building skyscraper, and the 100-story John Hancock Center.

River North

A stylish urban neighborhood that borders the Magnificent Mile and is just across the bridge from the Loop, River North is the go-to district for those who appreciate fine art and design as well as fine dining and drinks.

Gold Coast

Just north of downtown Chicago and nestled against the Lake Michigan shoreline is the Gold Coast, one of the country’s most affluent neighborhoods with streets that are lined with historic mansions and specialty boutiques.

Old Town

A very popular neighborhood destination, largely because of its close proximity to the lake and downtown, Old Town keeps up a lively pace day and night. Plenty of eclectic shopping and restaurants, but comedy takes center stage with The Second City and Zanies Comedy Club providing the laughs.

Lincoln Park

In Lincoln Park, Chicago’s motto urbs in horto—or “City in a Garden”—truly comes to life. Historic churches and handsome brick row houses nestled within landmark districts sit next to peaceful parks, while quiet, tree-lined residential areas give way to bustling business corridors.


One of Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods featuring a thriving theater scene, numerous restaurants and bars as well as iconic Wrigley Field.

Wicker Park/Bucktown

One of Chicago’s creative epicenters, famous for live music and nightlife, chef-driven restaurants and countless art galleries.



Restaurants, bars, and cafés close to Symphony Center and the Palmer House Hilton:

65 E. Adams St.
312 786 9911

The Gage
24 S. Michigan Ave.
312 372 4243
New American

18 S. Michigan Ave.
312 578 0763

Park Grill
11 N. Michigan Ave. below the Cloud Gate
312 521 7275
Contemporary American

The Dearborn
145 N. Dearborn St.
312 384 1242
Salad, Seafood, American 

44 S. Wabash Ave.
312 384 1960

Seven Lions
130 S. Michigan Ave.
312 880 0130
New American

21 E. Adams St.
312 583 0729
Asian Fusion, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Cochon Volant Brasserie
100 W. Monroe St.
312 754 6560

61 E. Madison St.
312 236 1777
Deep Dish Pizza

Cherry Circle Room at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 S Michigan Ave.
312 792 3515

Cindy’s Rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 S Michigan Ave
312 792 3502

Goddess and the Baker
33 S. Wabash Ave.
312 877 5176
Café and Bakery

7 N. Wells St.
312 263 4750
Cuban Coffee Shop and Sandwiches

Restaurants in neighborhoods near the Loop:

West Loop:

615 W Randolph St
312 377 2002

Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St
312 492 6262
New American 

619 W Randolph St
312 715 0708

837 W Fulton Market
312 733 9555

River North:

Chicago Cut Steakhouse
300 N. LaSalle St.
312 329 1800

Frontera Grill
45 N Clark St.
312 661 1434

Gold Coast:

Nico Osteria & Salone Nico
1015 N Rush St
312 994 7100
Italian & Bar




Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tours
Driehaus Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright Tours

Art Museums

The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art


Chicago History Museum
Pritzker Military Museum and Library
Field Museum of Natural History
Adler Planetarium
DuSable Museum of African America History
Museum of Science and Industry
Oriental Institute at University of Chicago
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Public Art & Spaces
Chicago Cultural Center
Lakefront Trail
Lincoln Park Zoo
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate

Unless otherwise indicated, photos of Chicago are courtesy of Choose Chicago.