Kaplan City Guide: Chicago

If you are looking for history, adventure, breathe-taking views, and American culture, then Chicago is the perfect place to visit. The third largest city in the United States, Chicago is located on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. It’s best known for its amazing architecture, culture, and world–class food.

We asked some of our Kaplan students studying in Chicago what their favorite things about the city were, and here’s what they had to say.


Relax and enjoy Millennium Park

“The perfect day in Chicago is to have brunch... then go to see the Buckingham Fountain and walk around Millennium Park.”

Tip provided by:

Roman Dubois, France

At this gigantic park you be able to explore amazing sculptures such as the city’s most famous one – The Cloud Gate Sculpture, also known as the “bean”. It was created by Anish Kapoor and is made of 168 highly polished stainless steal plates. This is a great spot to take selfies and share your Chicago #kaplanexperience. During the summer the, Millennium Park has a lot of free concerts where you can go and visit with your friends and in the winter they have a ice rink where more than 100,000 ice skaters glide, spin, twirl, and undoubtedly stumble and fall!


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Probably one of the most famous landmarks in Chicago, the 'bean' is a must-see


Visit the famous Art Institute of Chicago

“I recommend visiting the museums, such as Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. I also like the Money Museum and the United Center where the Bulls play.”

Tip provided by:

Yusuf Demirkan, Turkey

A short walk south from Cloud Gate you will see the famous Art Institute of Chicago. This art museum holds more than 300,000 works of art, which you may even need a whole day to explore! The building has 3 levels: Asian and contemporary art on the first level, modern, European, and American art on the second, and the Kraft Education Center and Thorne Miniature Rooms on the third. There is a great variety of art works to discover.


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Capture a bit of culture at the Art Institute of Chicago


Fill up your stomach by eating Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza

“In the afternoon, I go shopping on Michigan Avenue and after that I go to Giordano's to eat the deep dish pizza.”

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Manon Charruaud, France

Chicago developed the deep-dish pizza and no trip is complete without trying at least one. Pizzeria Uno invented the pizza, which is now a national restaurant chain. The best pizza place which you should visit is Giordano’s and Pizano’s Pizza as they are a specialist in deep-dish pizza. 


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You definitely have to give this Chicago speciality a try


Love Jazz? Head over to Jazz Showcase

"The perfect day involves having dinner and going out to the Jazz Showcase to listen to a great session.”

Tip provided by:

Ayse Celasun, Turkey

Jazz Showcase is the most historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, and now owned and operated by Wayne Segal. It always presents the best jazz artists in the world and with no bad seats or obstructed views you will enjoy the evening like a VIP. It presents live music 7 nights a week, and with its 170-seat venue you will find a ticket easily.


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Chicago is world-famous for its jazz scene


Come and discover the city of Chicago yourself! You never know what you might find. If you’ve lived or studied here, feel free to share any other tips in the comment section below. Want to find out more about how you can study English in the USAContact one of our advisors for more information.

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