Life Outside the Classroom

Culture and Entertainment

Home to a world-class opera company, major symphony orchestra and world-famous blues joints, Chicago also has hundreds of neighborhood venues showcasing musical genres from punk and hip-hop to tango and swing. John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and dozens of other leading actors launched their careers in the city's thriving theater scene.

View modern art at local galleries or the Museum of Contemporary Art, admire the masterpieces at the Art Institute, tour Chicago's world-class architecture, enjoy Millennium Park or the lakefront museum campus, take in the Chicago International Film Festival or any of dozens of neighborhood and music festivals-you'll never be at a loss for entertainment.


From the White Sox to the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Chicago Fire soccer team and Chicago Sky women's basketball team, Chicagoans are passionate about professional sports. The city is also home to a Big Ten team, a NASCAR track, and frequent NCAA tournaments. Chicago's lakefront and vast park system feature miles of bike and jogging paths and a host of organized and informal sports activities. Dozens of gyms and health clubs offer plenty of opportunities to work out 24/7.

Wining and Dining

Chicagoans are as serious about food and drink as they are about sports. With more than 9,000 restaurants plus 3,000 bars and clubs to choose from, you won't go hungry or thirsty. Sample Chicago-style pizza or ethnic cuisines from Ethiopian to Vietnamese. B.Y.O.B. or consult the sommelier at Alinea, Tru, Topolobampo and other world-renowned restaurants.