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Chicago is characterized by its sleek skyline of towering skyscrapers reflected in the glittering Lake Michigan, creating a combination of a bustling city and beautiful landscape. With the Chicago River weaving in between the historic and modern towers of downtown, a plethora of renowned restaurants, world famous art, award-winning museums, and streets that sing with the notes of a melodic saxophone, Chicago has an unparalleled magic of its own.

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Where are the best restaurants in Chicago?

If you're seeking some of the best bites in the city, head to Wicker Park. With a handful of donut shops, endless cafes, famous brunch spots, taco joints, upscale sit-downs, and cheap grub, this neighborhood has notable eats of every genre. Some top names include Jeni’s Ice Cream, Oiistar Ramen, and Umami Burger.

Which music festivals come to Chicago?

If traveling in the summer, be sure to research summer music festivals. Chicago hosts a wealth of music festivals, from electronic music to the blues. Famous festivals like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork bring hundreds of concert attendants and artists to the city.

Did Chicago inspire the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Legend has it that the creators of the comic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" conceived the names for the characters while sitting outside the Art Institute and reading the names of renowned artists carved into the borders of the building.

How can I save money at Chicago's museums?

With the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium, Museum Campus is one of the hottest tourist attractions in the city. Make the most of the Museum Campus and save money by purchasing a CityPASS, which provides all-access passes to Museum Campus, as well as Skydeck Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. With options of attractions to choose from, the CityPass is a smart way to visit Chicago sites and save.

When's the best time to visit Chicago?

With proximity to the lake, the weather in Chicago is unpredictable. Be sure to carry a light jacket to avoid rain or night chills. Even rainy days can turn around and become a sunny beach day!

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