Illinois Travel Guide

Articles about Illinois

By Amy Tara Koch
Chicago is stepping up its food festival game. The city may love its hot dog, rib and pierogi fests, but on August 28, things will get decidedly more upscale. The Chicago Food & Wine Festival is helming a tour de culinary force, bringing top chefs...
By Max Grinnell
As the days grow shorter and the air is inevitably cooler, it’s not too late to have that last summer fling with Chicago. Follow along as we offer up a rooftop bar or two to have an early evening drink, an afternoon with Chicago historical secrets...
By Max Grinnell
Plenty of people head straight for shopping trip down the Magnificent Mile or to one of its many high-end restaurants when they visit Chicago, but the world-class city is just as accessible to those on a budget, too. Here, a round-up of our favori...
By Mike Pomranz /
It’s been ten months since we first discussed Chicago’s forthcoming “Foodseum”—a museum intended to be a first-of-its-kind destination where people can go to learn about everything food. Progress has been moving along slowly and steadily. But now ...
By Amy Tara Koch
It may not be the city’s largest museum, but the Museum of Contemporary Art is the kind of cultural powerhouse that keeps Chicago front and center of the international arts stage. It is the American institution that nabbed the David Bowie exhibiti...
By Max Grinnell

From leather archives and a button museum to the world’s tallest church, here’s an insider’s guide to the city’s most esoteric attractions. 

Restaurants in Illinois

Fine dining is broken down to the barest essentials at this 32-seat steampunk bistro on Ashland Avenue in West Town. The menu of Asian-tinged, eclectic American dishes changes seasonally, but staples include a daily crudo selection and maple-soy-glazed black cod.

Things to do in Illinois

Specializing in outsider and contemporary pop art, Mars Gallery is said to possess a special energy due to its location atop a purported vortex within the earth. Whether you’re a believer of the energetic vortex or not, the regular exhibitions are worth a visit to this one-of-a-kind gallery.