Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, one of the world’s top ten global financial centers.

10 million people call the Chicago metropolitan area home, including President Barack Obama. Nearly 35 million people visit Chicago each year.

Chicago is considered the “birthplace of the skyscraper,” and is home to 4 of world’s 25 tallest buildings. You can see the city skyline from a boat cruise on Lake Michigan, or an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River.

World-class museums include the Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Many large casinos are within a 90-minute drive of Chicago, including Potawatomi casino, Harrahʼs casino, and the Horseshoe Casino. Nearby Arlington Park is a major racetrack for horses.

For shopping, there is Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, and nearby malls such as Westfield Old Orchard and Northbrook Court, as well as luxury outlet shopping at the Prime Outlets.

Chicago’s sports teams include the NBA Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Fire soccer team, football’s Chicago Bears, hockey’s Chicago Blackhawks, and baseball’s Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.

There are many local golf courses, including the Medinah Country Club which has hosted the US Open, the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and the Western Open.

Chicago is one of the most important cities for American music, particularly jazz and blues. You can see jazz today in the same jazz clubs frequented by gangster Al Capone in the 1930s.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti, is the top orchestra in America. In addition to its symphony, Chicago has a Lyric Opera, the Ravinia summer music festival, and many other classical music performances.