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Children play in the park . .

. . they don’t know. So go the unforgettable lyrics from the first Chicago LP from March 1970. What a kick in the butt that LP was. The band was also pivotal in making The Windy City bubble up into the powerhouse that it is, and why it still is a big tourist destination.

As of the latest stats, Chicago attracts approximately 60 million visitors annually. This figure includes both domestic and international tourists, making Chicago one of the most popular cities to visit in the United States. The city’s rich cultural heritage, renowned architecture, diverse culinary scene, and numerous attractions such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Navy Pier contribute to its high visitor numbers.

Additionally, Chicago hosts numerous conventions, business meetings, and events that draw in large crowds each year.

But, here, let’s focus on something that sometimes goes past the eyes of visitors, and that’s its architecture. Not only is this enlightening for those who appreciate the old and the new.

Join Architectural Digest as they walk the streets with you and awaken your senses to what made Chicago the way it is. Your editor used to work there for several years and the city never disappoints.

Esquire Theatre, 58 E Oak Street, Chicago. September 1994. Film scan. The theater is since converted to shopping.

You’ll find some of the best examples of Chicago’s forte in design and art by simply walking and following the video above. It’s a super easy place to navigate, but remember to bundle up in the winter. It’s COLD.

Stay at the playful, groovy and central citizenM Chicago Downtown. Featuring a shared lounge, a restaurant as well as a bar, citizenM Chicago Downtown is located in the center of Chicago, one mile from Ohio Street Beach. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, a business center and free WiFi. Oak Street Beach is 1.5 miles from the hotel and Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a 11-minute walk away. Click here to book.

We have ideas for you when it comes to activities in the Windy City. Click here for quite the selection.

Take the train. Try the new Amtrak to Chicago. Amtrak has come a long way. Click here to book.

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