The Afar Guide to

Internationally recognized chefs, lovely old architecture, open green parks, world-renowned artwork, and a friendly Midwestern attitude all combine to make Chicago one of the best of the nation’s big cities. Chicago can be a huge playground with hot, happening nightlife and lush, prestigious hotels. Travelers also enjoy free access to amazing concerts, public art, and endless late-night adventures like Second City.

Essential Chicago Facts to

know before you go

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Kaitlyn BarrettChicago Local Expert

Kaitlyn Barrett is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She tours with M+Phantom of the Opera as a Wardrobe Supervisor and loves food, scuba diving, and unexpected adventures. You can follow her at