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18 Best Neighborhoods in Chicago for 2022 (By a Local)

18 Best Neighborhoods in Chicago for 2022 (By a Local)

Whether you’re looking to move or visit on vacation, getting a feel for the best neighborhoods in Chicago is a great idea before you go. After all, Chicago has 77 community areas that vary widely. Not every area of Chicago is great for tourists, but even the safest Chicago neighborhoods offer something a little different….

Is Chicago Safe for Travel? (Honest Local Advice for 2022)

Is Chicago Safe for Travel? (Honest Local Advice for 2022)

If you’re planning a trip to the Windy City, then you may be asking yourself, “Is Chicago safe for travel?” There are many reasons to visit the cultural hub of the Midwest region, but with Covid-19 and Chicago’s crime statistics, there are some things to know about safety in Chicago before you go. Never fear,…

Driving in Chicago for Visitors | Rules, Tips, & Info [2022]

Driving in Chicago for Visitors | Rules, Tips, & Info [2022]

Worried about driving in Chicago during your upcoming trip? It’s a common anxiety – Chicago is a big bustling city with tons of traffic and driving nuances, after all! Driving here can be a challenge, but there are many options. Many visitors elect to exclusively use public transportation and taxis, but there are advantages to…

20 Best Museums in Chicago [A Local’s Favorites in 2022]

20 Best Museums in Chicago [A Local’s Favorites in 2022]

Looking to visit the very best museums in Chicago? Chicago, IL has many amazing museums with a ton to offer visitors of all ages and interests. Having lived in Chicago for five years, I’ve visited a ton of Chicago museums and know that they are some of the top attractions in the Windy City. The…

14 Best Chicago Beaches in 2022 (A Local’s Ultimate Guide)

14 Best Chicago Beaches in 2022 (A Local’s Ultimate Guide)

When you think of Chicago beaches, stretches of glistening sand might not be the first thing that spring to mind. But rest assured that the beaches along the splashing shores of Lake Michigan make for a great summer vacation destination! Of course, Chicago beaches are seasonal and you won’t get the same experience during the…

Chicago Packing List (29 Things People Forget to Bring)

Chicago Packing List (29 Things People Forget to Bring)

Looking for an epic Chicago packing list? Then you’re in luck! It’s no fun getting to your destination and realizing you’ve forgotten an item or regretted not packing something else. Or, even worse, packing way too much stuff for the wrong season. Chicago’s unique city-on-the-lake setting gives you certain factors to consider that you don’t…

Best Time to Visit Chicago | Local Tips on When to Go (2022)

Best Time to Visit Chicago | Local Tips on When to Go (2022)

The perfect time to visit Chicago is between either April and June or September and early November. You might prefer to visit the Windy City during other times of the year, but these are the times that appeal to most based on optimal weather, crowds, and things to do. In my five years living here,…

33 Best Things to Do in Chicago in 2022 (By a Local)

33 Best Things to Do in Chicago in 2022 (By a Local)

When it comes to things to do in Chicago, this Midwestern destination is practically overflowing. The city offers an incredible food scene, vibrant arts and culture, access to beautiful Lake Michigan, and is one of the best sports towns in America (and this is just for starters). At the end of the day, there’s something…

Where to Stay in Chicago, By a Local (Best Areas & Places)

Where to Stay in Chicago, By a Local (Best Areas & Places)

Wondering where to stay in Chicago? Then you’ve come to the right place! There are plenty of great options for areas and places to stay in Chicago as it’s such a vast and action-packed city. But where you choose to book your accommodations should depend on what you plan to do and see – with…