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The Chicago-based music website Pitchfork Media also hosts their own annual three day festival of rock, rap, and more in the summer at Union Park on the Near West Side. With entries in every major professional sports league and several universities in the area, Chicago sports fans have a lot to keep them occupied. Since the baseball teams split the city in half, nothing seizes the Chicago sports consciousness like a playoff run from the Bears.

Aspiring fans will be expected to be able to quote a minimum of two verses of the Super Bowl Shuffle from memory, tear up at the mention of Walter Payton, and provide arguments as to how Butkus, Singletary, and Urlacher represent stages in the evolution of the linebacker, with supporting evidence in the form of grunts, yells, and fists slammed on tables. They are an exciting team to watch, led by star Jimmy Butler. The Chicago Blackhawks share quarters with the Bulls.

As one of the "Original Six" teams in professional hockey, the Blackhawks have a long history in their sport, and the team is experiencing a renaissance after capturing the Stanley Cup in for the first time in 49 years and winning two more championships in and Home games for both teams tend to sell out, but tickets can usually be found if you check around. Both the Bulls and the Blackhawks play from the end of October to the beginning of April.

It's baseball, though, in which the tribal fury of Chicago sports is best expressed. Both franchises have more than a century's worth of history, and both teams play 81 home games from April to the beginning of October.

Everything else is a matter of fiercely held opinion. The two three-game series when the teams play each other are the hottest sports tickets in Chicago during any given year. If someone offers you tickets to a game, pounce. There are plenty of smaller leagues in the city as well, although some play their games in the suburbs. Minor league baseball teams dot the suburbs as well. While college athletics are not one of Chicago's strong points, Northwestern football in Evanston and DePaul basketball off-campus in Rosemont show occasional signs of life.

If you find yourself in Hyde Park , ask someone how the University of Chicago football team is doing — it's a surefire conversation starter. Modern American comedy — the good parts, at least — was born when a group of young actors from Hyde Park formed The Compass Players, fusing intelligence and a commitment to character with an improvisational spark. Still in Chicago's Old Town and few other places as well , still smart and still funny, Second City does two-act sketch revues followed by one act of improv.

If you only see one show while you're in Chicago, Second City is a good choice. Improvisational comedy as a performance art form is a big part of the Chicago theater scene. Some are fueled by the dream of making the cast of SNL or Tina Fey's latest project, and some just enjoy doing good work on-stage, whether or not they're getting paid for it and most aren't. There's no guarantee that you'll see something great on any given night, but improv tends to be cheaper than anything else in town, and it can definitely be worth the risk.

Steppenwolf , in Lincoln Park , is Chicago's other landmark theater. Founded in , they have a history of taking risks onstage, and they have the ensemble to back it up, with heavyweights like Joan Allen, John Malkovich, and Gary Sinise. Steppenwolf isn't cheap any more, but they mix good, young actors with their veteran ensemble and still choose interesting, emotionally-charged scripts.

It's the best place in town to see modern, cutting-edge theater with a bit of "I went to Most of the prestige theaters, including the Broadway in Chicago outlets, are located in the Loop or the Near North. Tickets are expensive and can be tough to get, but shows destined for Broadway like The Producers often make their debut here.

For the cost-conscious, the League of Chicago Theatres operates Hot Tix [77] , which offers short-notice half-price tickets to many Chicago shows. One theater to see, regardless of the production, is The Auditorium in the Loop. It's a masterpiece of architecture and of performance space. Designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, who were on a commission from syndicate of local business magnates to bring some culture to the heathen city, it was the tallest building in Chicago and one of the tallest in the world at the time of its opening in , and it's still an impressive sight, inside and out.

The University of Chicago's Gothic campus is in Hyde Park , which is, famously, "home to more Nobel Prizes per square mile than any other neighborhood on Earth. Chicago still loves Carl Sandburg and his poems, but the city shucked off the hog butcher's apron a long time ago. In terms of industry, there's little that distinguishes Chicago from any other major city in America, save for size.

The Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange are among the biggest employers, with stables of traders and stock wizards. Boeing moved its headquarters to Chicago amid much fanfare a few years ago; United Airlines , Abbott Laboratories , and AbbVie are other international companies with headquarters in town.

The Big Five consulting firms all have one or more offices in the Loop. And there's always construction work in the city; the city has a strong union presence. For younger workers, the museums in the downtown area are always looking for high-enthusiasm guides, and the retail outlets on the Magnificent Mile and State Street are also good options.

And with so many colleges and universities in the city, study abroad opportunities abound. Whatever you need, you can buy it in Chicago, on a budget or in luxury. It includes many designer boutiques, and several multi-story malls anchored by large department stores like N Michigan and Water Tower Place.

Additional brands are available from off-strip shops to the south and west of Michigan. State Street used to be a great street for department stores in the Loop , but it's now a shadow of its former self, with Carson Pirie Scott's landmark Louis Sullivan-designed building now a Target store, and invading forces from New York holding the former Marshall Field's building hostage under the name Macy's Most locals still insist that it is "Marshall Field's".

Even Filene's Basement, the famous discount location, is now closed, though a few other discount shops persist. For a classic Chicago souvenir, pick up a box of Frango Mints , much-loved mint chocolates that were originally offered by Marshall Field's and are still available at Macy's stores.

Although no longer made in the thirteenth-floor kitchen of the State Street store, the original recipe appears to still be in use, which pleases the loyal crowds fond of the flavor — and too bad for anyone looking to avoid trans-fats. However, for a more unique shopping experience, check out the fun, eclectic stores in Lincoln Square , or the cutting-edge shops in Bucktown and Wicker Park , which is also the place to go for music fiends — although there are also key vinyl drops in other parts of the city as well.

Southport in Lakeview and Armitage in Lincoln Park also have browser-friendly fashion boutiques. For art or designer home goods , River North is the place to go. The entire area is walkable and makes for fun window-shopping. Goods from around the world are available at the import stores in Chicago's many ethnic neighborhoods; check See for descriptions and district articles for directions. If you are the type that loves to browse through independent bookstores , Hyde Park has a stunning assortment of dusty used bookstores selling beat-up-paperbacks to rare 17th century originals, and the world's largest academic bookstore.

Printer's Row in the Near South is also a great stop for book lovers. In addition, the nation's three largest discount store chains Walmart, Target, and Kmart have several stores in Chicago as well. The Walgreens drug store chain which is based in the city are also ubiquitous throughout Chicago with many locations open twenty four hours a day. Competitor CVS also has many locations in the area. Due to its huge expat and immigrant population, Chicago also features a large variety of ethnic grocery stores, including Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Polish, and Mexican.

Chicago is one of the great restaurant towns in America. If you're looking for a specific kind of cuisine, check out the neighborhoods. Greektown , the Devon Ave Indian corridor, Chinatown , and Chatham 's soul food and barbecue are just the tip of the iceberg. Other areas are more eclectic: If you're interested in celebrity chefs and unique creations, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park have plenty of award-winners.

River North has several good upscale restaurants, but don't waste your time on tourist traps like Rainforest Cafe, Cheesecake Factory, or the Hard Rock Cafe. In fact, you should never submit to standing in line — there are always equally good restaurants nearby.

No matter what you enjoy, you'll have a chance to eat well in Chicago, and you won't need to spend a lot of money doing it — unless you want to, of course. But while Chicago has a world class dining scene downtown, it is the low-end where it truly distinguishes itself. No other city on earth takes fast food so seriously; for those who don't concern themselves with calorie counting, Chicago is cheap, greasy heaven. Head northwest and you'll find sausage shops and old-style Polish restaurants that carry on as if health food and celebrity chefs never happened in Jackowo - Chicago's Polish Village , as well as at Belmont-Central - an Eastern European culinary heaven.

The suburb of Des Plaines on the northwest side of the city near O'Hare is where you can find the world's first McDonalds. Quite a few other local "culinary specialties" in particular deserve further description.

The city's three most iconic dishes are Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef. However, there are other unique fast foods that are local favorites particularly in the South Side. These lesser-known include the Maxwell Street Polish a grilled kielbasa served on a hot dog bun with grilled onions , the pork chop sandwich a tender pork chop with grilled onions and hot pepper on a hamburger bun; be advised, this tasty sandwich has a bone in the pork chop , and Chicago-style thin-crust pizza which has a much crispier crust than that of a New York thin-crust pizza.

Maxwell Polishes and pork chop sandwiches are available throughout "Maxwell"-style eateries in the city, but are much more prevalent in the West Side and the South Side; the three most popular Maxwell-style eateries are Jim's Original S. Chicago-style thin-crust pizza is available in almost every pizzeria in the South Side. Chicago's most prominent contribution to world cuisine might be the deep dish pizza. Delivery chains as far away as Kyoto market "Chicago-style pizza," but the only place to be sure you're getting the real thing is in Chicago.

To make a deep dish pizza, a thin layer of dough is laid into a deep round pan and pulled up the sides, and then meats and vegetables — Italian sausage, onions, bell peppers, mozzarella cheese, and more — are lined on the crust. At last, tomato sauce goes on top, and the pizza is baked. It's gooey, messy, not recommended by doctors, and delicious. When you dine on deep dish pizza, don't wear anything you were hoping to wear again soon. Ask around — people won't be shy about giving you their opinion.

But deep dish is not the end of the line in a city that takes its pizza so seriously. Chicago also prides itself on its distinctive thin-crust pizza and stuffed pizzas. The Chicago thin crust has a thin, cracker-like, crunchy crust, which somehow remains soft and doughy on the top side. Toppings and a lot of a thin, spiced Italian tomato sauce go under the mozzarella cheese, and the pizza is sliced into squares. If you are incredulous that Chicago's pizza preeminence extends into the realm of the thin crust, head south of Midway to Vito and Nick's, which is widely regarded among local gourmands as the standard bearer for the city.

The stuffed pizza is a monster, enough to make an onlooker faint. Start with the idea of a deep dish, but then find a much deeper dish and stuff a lot more toppings under the cheese. Think deep-dish apple pie, but pizza.

Allow 45 minutes to an hour for pizza places to make one of these and allow extra notches on your belt for the ensuing weight gain. Arguably the best stuffed pizza in town is at Bella Bacino's in the Loop , which somehow is not greasy, but other excellent vendors include Giordano's, Gino's, and Edwardo's.

This may come as a surprise to New Yorkers, but the Chicago hot dog is the king of all hot dogs — indeed, it is considered the perfect hot dog. Perhaps due to the city's history of Polish and German immigration, Chicago takes its dogs way more seriously than the rest of the country. A Chicago hot dog is always all-beef usually Vienna beef , always served on a poppy-seed bun, and topped with what looks like a full salad of mustard, tomato slices, a dill pickle spear, sport chili peppers, a generous sprinkling of celery salt, diced onion, and a sweet-pickle relish endemic-to-Chicago that is dyed an odd, vibrant bright-green color.

It's a full meal, folks. Ketchup is regarded as an abomination on a proper Chicago-style hot dog. Self-respecting establishments will refuse orders to put the ketchup on the dog, and many have signs indicating that they don't serve it; truly serious hot dog joints don't even allow the condiment on the premises. The reason for Chicago's ketchup aversion is simple — ketchup contains sugar, which overwhelms the taste of the beef and prevents its proper enjoyment.

Hence, ketchup's replacement with tomato slices. Similarly, Chicagoans eschew fancy mustards that would overwhelm the flavor of the meat in favor of simple yellow mustard. And for the hungry visiting New Yorkers, the same goes for sugary sauerkraut — just no.

At most hot dog places, you will have the option to try a Maxwell Street Polish instead. Born on the eponymous street of the Near West Side , the Polish is an all-beef sausage on a bun, with fewer condiments than the Chicago hot dog: In a tragic, bizarre twist of fate, the areas of Chicago most visited by tourists i.

If you are downtown and want to experience a Chicago hot dog done right, the nearest safe bet is Portillo's. Although, if you're up for a little hot dog adventure, you can eat one right at the source, at the Vienna Beef Factory deli.

Sadly, both baseball parks botch their dogs, although the return of Vienna Beef as the official hot dog of Wrigley Field is a step in the right direction. The Italian Beef sandwich completes the Chicago triumvirate of tasty greasy treats. The main focus of the sandwich is the beef, and serious vendors will serve meat of a surprisingly good quality, which is slow-roasted, and thinly shaved before being loaded generously onto chewy, white, Italian-style bread.

Two sets of options will come flying at you, so prepare yourself: The dip, of course, is a sort of French dip of the sandwich back into the beef broth. If you are in the mood, you may be able to get an Italian Beef with cheese melted over the beef, although travelers looking for the "authentic Italian Beef" perhaps should not stray so far from tradition. The Italian Beef probably was invented by Italian-American immigrants working in the Union Stockyards on the Southwest Side , who could only afford to take home the tough, lowest-quality meat and therefore had a need to slow-roast it, shave it into thin slices, and dip it just to get it in chewable form.

But today the sandwich has found a lucrative home downtown, where it clogs the arteries and delights the taste buds of the Chicago workforce during lunch break. Beef in the Near North , while the Portillo's chain is another solid option. Four fried chickens and a coke With the Great Migration came much of what was best about the South: Harold's Chicken Shack, a. The Chicago-style fried chicken is considered by many connoisseurs to be some of the nation's best certainly in the North , and it is fried in a home-style mix of beef tallow and vegetable oil, then covered with sauce hot or mild.

Crucially, it is always cooked to order — ensuring that essential layer of grease between the skin and the meat. Initially, the fried chicken chain spread throughout black neighborhoods, which were ignored by other fast food chains, but in later years the franchise has extended its greasy fingers to the West and North Sides, as well as downtown.

While chances are you will not find better fried chicken outside of Harold's walls, the quality, pricing, and character vary between individual locations.

Your safest bets are on the South Side — if you are served through bullet-proof glass under signs bearing a chef chasing a chicken with a hatchet, rest assured you are getting the best. Chicago is a drinking town, and you can find bars and pubs in every part of the city.

It is believed that Chicago has the second highest bars-per-capita in the U. Chicagoans have their choice of the hottest clubs or the best dive bars in town. Most areas that thrive on the bar culture do so for the variety, and bar hopping is quite common.

Grab a drink or two, have a good time, and then try another place. It is all about variety. Be prepared to be asked for identification to verify your age, even at neighborhood dive bars. Smoking is banned in Chicago bars and restaurants. The best places to drink for drinking's sake are Wicker Park and neighboring Logan Square and Bucktown , which have a world-class stock of quality local breweries and dive bars, which can be reached by the CTA Blue Line.

These two areas are where the majority of Chicago's hipsters live, with the effect that most of the bars are considered Hipster Bars. North Center and Roscoe Village are also great destination for the art of the beer garden. These bars are crowded on weekends and whenever the Cubs are playing. One block to the East of the Addison stop on Halsted Street, is the center of Chicago's gay community, known as Boystown.

Clark Street runs at an angle through the area. This district is filled with many trendy shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants. Housing is at a premium rate in this area. Boystown is busy most nights of the week and very busy on weekends. Just to the south, the Lincoln Park neighborhood has bars and beer gardens, and some trendy clubs for the neighborhood's notorious high-spending Trixies. This is another very expensive neighborhood.

Tourists and locals also converge upon the nightclubs of Rush and Division St. This area remains very popular although other areas of the city are becoming increasing popular as nightlife destinations as well.

For the last few years the West Loop's warehouse bars were the place to be, but more recently the River North neighborhood has become popular. Streeterville, immediately adjacent, exchanges the dance floors for high-priced hotel bars and piano lounges. Although good dance music can be found in Wicker Park and the surrounding area, the best places to dance in the city are the expensive see and be seen clubs in River North and the open-to-all except perhaps bachelorette parties clubs in gay-friendly Boystown , which are a lot of fun for people of any sexual orientation.

Take the Redline train and get off at Belmont station. See The Jazz Track for a wealth of information about current and historic jazz clubs in Chicago. Chicago, though located far away from the valley, has both. Former New Orleans and Memphis residents brought jazz and blues to Chicago as they came north for a variety of reasons: The blues were in Chicago long before the car chase and the mission from God, but The Blues Brothers sealed Chicago as the home of the blues in the popular consciousness.

Fortunately, the city has the chops to back that up. Maxwell Street [78] Near West Side was the heart and soul of Chicago blues, but the wrecking ball, driven by the University of Illinois at Chicago, has taken a brutal toll. Residents have been fighting to save what remains. Performance venues run the gamut from tiny, cheap blues bars all over the city to big, expensive places like Buddy Guy's Legends Loop and the original House of Blues Near North. But don't let yourself get too wrapped up in the past, because Chicago blues is anything but.

No other city in the world can compete with Chicago's long list of blues-soaked neighborhood dives and lounges. The North Side's blues clubs favor tradition in their music, and are usually the most accessible to visitors, but offer a slightly watered down experience from the funkier, more authentic blues bars on the South and Far West Sides, where most of Chicago's blues musicians live and hang.

If one club could claim to be the home of the real Chicago blues, Lee's Unleaded Blues in Chatham-South Shore would probably win the title. But there are scores of worthy blues joints all around the city many of which are a lot easier to visit via public transport.

A visit to one of these off-the-beaten-path blues dives is considerably more adventurous than a visit to the touristy House of Blues, but the experiences born of such adventures have been known to reward visitors with a life-long passion for the blues.

If you are staying downtown, the Velvet Lounge will be your best bet, as it is an easy cab ride, and its high-profile performances will rarely disappoint. Both take place in Grant Park Loop. Wicker Park and Bucktown are the main place to go for indie rock shows: The Near South has become an underrated destination for great shows as well.

The Park West in Lincoln Park has light jazz, light rock, and other shows you'd sit down for; so does Navy Pier Near North , particularly in the summer. The venerable Chicago Theater in the Loop is better-known for its sign than for anything else, but it has rock, jazz, gospel, and spoken-word performances by authors like David Sedaris.

You'll find musicians from the CSO doing outreach all over the city, along with their counterparts at the Lyric Opera. Both are in the Loop. The Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park and the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park , both in the Loop , tend to host big, eclectic shows and festivals in the summer, which are sometimes free. You'll also have to head out to the suburbs for Ravinia , which features upscale classical, jazz, and blues outdoors throughout the summer.

See Chicagoland for details on suburban venues. Chicago hosts many major conventions each year and has plenty of places to stay. If you want to explore the city, aim for downtown — a hotel near O'Hare is good for visiting one thing and one thing only, and that's O'Hare although the CTA Blue Line is walking distance from most of them, so access to the city is easy, aside from 30 minutes.

However, if you have a specific interest in mind, there are hotels throughout the city, and getting away from downtown will give you more of a sense of other neighborhoods. You'll appreciate that if you're in town for more than a couple of days. Make sure that where you're staying is within your comfort level before committing to stay there, though. More far flung transient hotels will be suitable for those seeking to relive Jack Kerouac's seedy adventures around the country, but may alarm and disgust the average traveler.

Budget-priced places are usually pretty far from the Loop , so when you're booking, remember that Chicago is vast. Travelers on a budget should consider accommodations away from the city center which can be easily reached via any of the several CTA train lines. There is a hostel in the Loop , a hostel in Greektown within walking distance to Union Station, a hostel by Wrigley Field and three others near the universities in Lincoln Park , Rogers Park and in Wicker Park, all of which are interesting neighborhoods in their own right, and close to the L for access to the rest of the city.

For deals on mid-range hotels, there are good options far out from the center by Midway and in North Lincoln. As in almost the entire United States, dial to get emergency help.

Dial for all non-emergency situations in Chicago. Chicago is sometimes portrayed as an active war zone, under the moniker of "Chi-raq". A lot of this is media hype, but some of it is not.

As of , Chicago is experiencing elevated rates of violent crime following a spike in , placing it many "top ten" lists for violent crime in cities. This is compounded by protests against a police force who have various public scandals of their own. Combined with constant construction forcing sidewalks and streets to close or divert in unexpected ways, is it not unusual for travelers new to the city to feel a little uneasy. The majority of Chicago is no different from any other major American city.

Taking normal safety measures will see you through. It is noteworthy that crime tends to be confined to parts of the South Side and some particular hotspots such as the now-famous homeless encampments sometimes concentrated near viaducts and overpasses.

People coming into the city via popular tourist routes- including major transit hubs such as Union Station near downtown , or those choosing to walk the Magnificent Mile- are likely to be confronted by Chicago's homeless beggars who are for the most part harmless. Some sell a local newspaper called Streetwise to make a living.

These people should be wearing a badge of some kind to indicate they sell the newspaper and they keep all the profits they make. If you're feeling generous but want to be safe, those selling Streetwise are your best bet. Otherwise the safe method is to avoid eye contact and if necessary take the first possible turn toward a more populated street or business.

While on the South Side one should avoid, or at the very least be extra vigilant when passing through Englewood, Washington Park, Woodlawn, and Grand Crossing since these are the most run-down and violent neighborhoods in this part of the city. On the West Side, Garfield Park with the exception of the observatory , Lawndale, and Austin are also some of the most violent and run-down neighborhoods in the city. Public transportation in the Downtown area is used more than in any other part of Miami and is a vital part of Downtown life.

The Metromover is free and stations can be found at roughly every two blocks in Downtown and Brickell. As an urban and pedestrian-friendly area with an extensive public transit network, Downtown along with Brickell , Omni, and South Beach is one of the areas in Miami where a car-free lifestyle is commonplace.

Many Downtown residents get around by foot, bicycle, Metromover or by taxi. The Metromover is a popular alternative to walking in the area, especially on rainy, hot or cold days, as the Metromover is free, and stations are located roughly every two blocks throughout the area.

Recently, the City of Miami, along with the Downtown Development Authority, has begun bicycle initiaves promoting citywide bike parking and bike lanes , that have made bicycling much more popular for residents. Bike lanes and bike sharrows are currently planned for the majority of Downtown streets to be painted by the end of The Rickenbacker Causeway is very popular on weekends for recreational bicyclists, and often, bicycles can outnumber cars on the causeway.

In the and long range transportation plans, Miami's commuter rail system, Tri-Rail , has envisioned moving to or adding service on the Florida East Coast Railway FEC corridor, which runs along the region's densest neighborhoods, parallel to Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, and Federal Highway in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Currently, rail commuters must transfer onto the Metrorail in Hialeah to get to Downtown. Miami's Downtown Development Authority along with Miami-area politicians are actively lobbying to bring Tri-Rail to the city core. Since many Downtown residents choose to not have cars, taxis are also popular for rides within Downtown neighborhoods, especially after midnight when the Metromover stops running.

Taxis can be hailed on the street, or phoned. Downtown is home to many companies, corporations and organizations. Several countries have consulates based in Downtown, most of which are located along Biscayne Boulevard and Brickell Avenue.

Japan first opened its consulate in Miami in As of this consulate gives logistical support to Japanese embassies in the Caribbean and Latin America. Japan opened a consulate in Miami after Japanese investors purchased several major real estate properties in Florida. Downtown is also home to many international chambers of commerce , these include:. Downtown has three U. The Downtown Miami Historic District comprises acres 1.

Many of the buildings within the area are of the Moderne style and Classical Revival style with uses for government, residential, and commercial. Periods of significance within this area are from to , to , and to The Downtown Miami Commercial Historic District was designated a historic district in and comprises 20 buildings on the east side of Downtown with 19th and early 20th-century revival styles.

The historic district was designated historic in and then expanded in The area is acres 1. Prominent styles include late 19th and early 20th-century revival styles, Art Deco , and Bungalow style, with prominent periods of — and — As the county seat of Miami-Dade County, Downtown is home to the central offices and departments of the Miami-Dade County government, mainly located in the Government Center area.

Although city hall for the City of Miami is in Coconut Grove , many offices of Miami's city government are in Downtown, including the city's Planning Department. The Miami Police Department also has its central offices in Downtown. Downtown is home to many city, county, state, and federal courthouses, jails, judge offices, and law firms.

Court of Appeals Judge, U. Magistrate Judge, City of Miami courthouses and many others. Each are listed below. During the Miami building boom of the first decade of the 21st century, 23, condominium and apartments were built [46] in numerous high-rise towers that quickly transformed the city.

It is estimated that about new residents move to Downtown every month. Downtown has over 6, hotel rooms in numerous hotels. Downtown has Miami's largest concentration of hotel rooms, and is the city's hub for business travellers. Many of these hotels are geared for business travellers, mostly along Brickell Avenue , some for luxury leisure stays, and others as bargain tourist hotels.

Some of Downtown's largest hotels are: Historically, Flagler Street has been Downtown's major shopping street dating back to the 19th century. Today, it is still Downtown's major shopping street, with Florida's flagship Macy's formerly Burdines on Flagler Street and Miami Avenue since , as well as Miami's own local department stores: Flagler Street is also home to many well-known and established jewelers , many of whom have been in Downtown since the early 20th century i.

Morays Jewelers, founded in After many years of decay, recently, much focus has been placed on revitalizing Flagler Street to its former grandeur. In recent years, a renewed investment interest has been placed on Flagler Street, and many new restaurants and stores have opened up, new landscaping and pavers have been placed, as well as enforced security and tourist guides.

Three new pocket parks opened on Flagler St in , Paul S. Walker Park, Robert F. These new parks have brought more green space, benches, art, and rest areas to the street. One of the more unique aspects of Downtown Chicago is the number of scenic parks in the area. Chicago parks and gardens on the Downtown-Loop map of Chicago host some of the best annual Chicago events and festivals , including Chicago concerts , art fairs , food tastings and more.

Originally one of the best touring shows in alternative rock, Lollapalooza founder and organizer Perry Farrell decided to make Downtown Chicago the permanent home of Lollapalooza nearly a decade ago, and this favorite music festival in Chicago has been a hit ever since.

For more information on Chicago parks and gardens, visit our helpful Chicago parks directory Downtown. Given its central location in Downtown Chicago , favorite attractions on our interactive satellitemap of The Loop include iconic Chicago skyscrapers like the Willis Tower and Chicago Skydeck , and there are also a number of great Chicago theaters and museums on The Loop-Downtown Chicago map.

Check out some of the top Chicago attractions Downtown below. For tickets to upcoming shows at the Chicago Theater , visit our guide to cheap theater tickets in Chicago.

There are a number of luxurious Chicago hotels on the Downtown Chicago map of the Loop , including the 4-star Hotel Monaco Chicago , which offers Chicago boutique hotel accommodations close to Grant Park. Another favorite hotel in Downtown Chicago , the Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park , offers up beautiful views of this scenic Chicago park and is close to all of the top Chicago landmarks on the Chicago Downtown Loop Map. Get the best discounts and promotions on Chicago hotels Downtown.

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