4 Top Reasons to Make a Trip to Chicago

Here’s a true story: Before basketball player Pau Gasol signed with the Chicago Bulls, he interviewed with the Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC). OKC superstar Kevin Durant said the interview went well but Pau seemed more interested in the arts and culture offered by the city. After all, Pau hails from Barcelona and played the most successful – and sad – parts of his career in Los Angeles, cities that have deep connections to arts and culture.

So, if Pau was partly convinced to make Chicago his new home, there must be a lot of things other than a great basketball history (Michael Jordan, anyone?) that drove him there. Which means that for travel purposes, you too might be convinced to give the Windy City a chance too.

On that note, here are the top reasons you should definitely make that trip to Chicago:

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  1. See diverse range of critically acclaimed productions.

Be it shows staged by Tony Award-winning regional companies to major Broadway shows, the theater scene in Chicago is recognized the world over. You’ll have fun regardless of choosing a musical or play at a downtown theater or seeing a performance by resident theater companies in the city.

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  1. Have fun trying out culinary delights.

With more than 7,000 restaurants and other food establishments, you won’t run out of food options. From the Chicago dog to fondue at Geja’s, you’ll definitely see why Chicago is one of the best culinary destinations in the world.

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  1. Visit a diverse collection of museums.

Chicago has more than 40 museums that are all worth visiting. There’s the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary Art – just to name a few. It doesn’t matter if your interest lies in surrealism, impressionism, conceptual photography and local art work, Chicago has more than enough museums to keep you happy.

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  1. Revel in the magnificent architecture.

Be it historic landmark buildings or contemporary masterpieces, Chicago has got it all. Here, you’ll find unique and innovative designs and can even go on architectural river cruises to take it all in.

Chicago is a city that is a haven for arts and culture. Couple that with a thriving culinary scene and you’ve got yourself a great destination to spend a holiday in. And yes, the Chicago Bulls are doing well again.

Photos by: jphilipgAlexis FamMike MyersSergio Lora

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