Center Stage's Restaurant Directory
Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Restaurant Listing
Search by location or cuisine.
Citysearch's Restaurant Guide
Chicago Restaurants | DineMe!
The ultimate Chicago restaurant guide featuring reviews, menus, and profiles of restaurants in Chicago and suburbs.
Cuisine Net Chicago
Search by cuisine, location, price, and amenities. Entry includes 1-3 paragraph description, estimate of price, and chart of other diners' ratings by service, ambience, and food quality.
Chicago Restaurants and Suburbs
Chicago restaurants and suburban cusine including African, Ethopian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Barbque, Bar-B-Que, BBQ, cafe, Cajun, creole, Polish, French, fusion, Greek Indian, Italian, Kosher, Mexican, pizza, seafood, and Spanish.
Keep up-to-date on Chicago's music scenes.
Center Stage's Music Directory
Chicago a cappella
"One of fewer than fifty fully professional vocal ensembles in the U.S., Chicago a cappella continually seeks to break new ground in programming, repertoire, and the highest level of professional choral singing." (Quote from their Web site.)
Chicago Chamber Musicians
"The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) was founded in 1986 by a group of prominent musicians and chamber music devotees for the purpose of building an internationally-recognized Chicago institution devoted to the study and performance of chamber music." (Quote from their Web site.)
Chicago Music Scene
Your source for local music. Whether you're looking for information on the band you saw last weekend or you want to know which bands are coming to town, this is the place for you.
Chicago Reader Music Guide
Chicago's essential music guide. Search by act, venue, or day of week, or browse by category.
Comprehensive show listings, links to local artists' sites, and reviews.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
"The CSO is a musical force in Chicago and around the world. 200 performances and events a year. 110 talented musicians. Three internationally-renowned conductors. An award-winning composer-in-residence." (Quote from their Web site.)
A web portal to the Early Music scene in Chicago and beyond. Early MusiChicago tracks concert listings, performers, teachers, instrument makers and shops, organizations, publications, composers, instruments, recordings, sheet music, and much, much more.
Exploring Chicago - Music
The city's Department of Tourism provides information on Chicago's music scene. Check out performance listings and links to various groups' sites.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
"Lyric Opera of Chicago is recognized internationally as one of the truly great opera companies of our time. Its artistic standards are universally admired." (Quote from their Web site.)
New City's Music Hub
Search New City's shows listing by day of week, type of music, club/venue, and band/act. Updates are made daily. Also, recommended show list.
Dancing in Chicago
A guide to places where one can dance (ballroom, Latin, swing, country & western) in the Chicago
area, with information on locations, prices, schedules, directions, and general descriptions of
the establishments. No longer maintined, but still a good resource.
Information on Chicago's Gothic scene.
Independent news and reviews of Chicago's drinking establishments.
Chicago Bar Project
Over 500 reviews from a fellowship of drinkers with a writing problem
Center Stage's Chicago Bar Search and Directory
Master phone/address directory of nearly 600 Chicago bars. Search based on closest el stop,
neighborhood, crowd type, and venue type.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Bar Guide
Search by area (including suburbs) and bar type. Information on daily specials.
Phone/Address Directory for Chicago Cinemas
Find movies playing near your or the location of a movie you wish to see. Also, show times and
Chicago Reader Movie Reviews, Past and Present
Searchable database of 6,000 brief reviews.
Phone/Address Directory for Chicago Theatres
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Briar Street Theatre
Art and Culture (top)
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Check out extensive schedule of free cultural programming.
Directory and Links to Chicago Museums
Chicago Art Galleries
Michael and Kate Corcoran's Brainsnack Tours company has a website filled with Chicago history, trivia, photos, and love.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Schedule of CAF walking, biking, bus, & river tours, exhibits, and lunchtime lectures. Virtual
architecture tours of Chicago. CAF's favorite architecture links (local and afar).
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
Museum site has information on its exhibits, public programs, and membership, plus brief article: Landmark Chicago: The City of Modern Architecture.
Area Bookstore Directory
Address/phone directory for local bookstores.
Spectator Sports (top)
The latest stats, scores, and news on Chicgo teams and players.
Bears and Soldier Field
Bulls and United Center
Cubs and Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs Tickets
Chicago Cubs tickets, team schedule, Cubs players, Chicago Cubs stadium, and Cubs history.
White Sox and U.S. Cellular Field
Chicago Park District
What's new in the parks and directory of Chicago parks.
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
CBF's misison is "to improve the bicycling environment and thereby the quality of life in the region..."
Bike The Drive
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's annual event when Lake Shore Drive is completely closed to cars and open only to bikes.
Chicago Cycling Club
Chicago Area Mountain Bikers
Information on trails, current trail conditions, trail advocacy, rides, and more.
Friends of the Chicago River
Learn all about the Chicago River and the many programs and opportunities offered by this active
A community-based non-profit sailing program run by Hostelling International and American Youth
Hostels offering extensive sailing instructional oppportunities and low-cost alternatives to
individual boat ownership.
Torresen Sailing Site
Folk Dance Council of Chicago
Well-maintained page of local folk dancing classes and activities. Regular events listed by day
of the week.
Gay and lesbian square dance club.
Chicago Ultimate Summer League (CUSL)
Other Sports and Physical Recreation
Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council
Organization of over 100 local ski clubs.
Chicago Area Adult & Junior Volleyball Leagues
Chicago Sport and Social Club
Adult Education (top)
Chicago's largest center for adult education. Catalog of 200+ classes.
City Colleges of Chicago
New Maxwell Street Market
Photos and information about the New Maxwell Street Market as well as pictures, a tour, and
information aimed at preserving the memory and culture of the old Maxwell Street Market.
Special Events (top)
Mayor's Office of Special Events
Details on the city's free special events.
This is Chicago's premier discount service, offering their clients maximum discounts at Chicago hotels. The staff have seen all the hotels in person and can help you decide on the best hotel for your needs.
Quickly and easily find the largest selection of discount Chicago hotels ranging from budget to five star luxury. Save up to 70% through this site!
Chicago Hotel Reservations
This Chicago-based reservation service offers a selection of downtown hotels at discount rates. Booking with them will save you both time and money.
Chicago Hotels & Discount Reservations
Where you will find the cheapest discounts for all Chicago Hotels. Search our Chicago Hotel database and make a reservation to stay at one of our premium discounted Chicago Hotels. Save up to 70% for all hotels.
Special Chicago Hotels
Special Chicago Hotels offers a selection of the best cheap hotels in Chicago. Find a hotel in Chicago, USA and book online, with many special discount and budget hotels offered.
Chicago Hotels Search
Find Chicago hotels with discounts on reservations along with Chicago travel guide.
A+ Chicago Hotels
Receive discounts up to 70% off of all hotels and condos in the Chicago area. Save on your lodging expenses so that you can enjoy all that the sites and sounds that Chicago has to offer.
An online directory of personal retreats, group retreats, facility rentals, employment and volunteer opportunities, and retreat property for sale spanning all spiritual and healing traditions.
Chicago Area Statistics and General Facts (top)
Chicago Fact Book
Fun and sundry facts about Chicago, geography, climate, demographics, and statistics on
conventions, education, business, housing, health care, and more.
Digital City: Chicago
Chicago Vocabulary Page
A glossary of Chicago vernacular, shorthand, and "in the know" phrases--useful for newcomers, enlightening for residents.
Neighborhoods & Suburbs (top)
Beverly Hills/Morgan Park
Learn about business & commerce, transportation, schools, dining & nightlife, events & meetings
shopping, and history of the adjoining Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods on Chicago's far
Past and present neighborhood information based on the Chicago Historical Society's
"Neighborhoods: Keepers of Culture" exhibits.
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society
More on this vibrant city neighborhood from its active historical society.
City/Governmental Services and Community Organizations (top)
Metro Chicago Information Center
Chicagoland Weather Report (top)
MCIC—a non-profit research organization supplying current Chicago data for non-profits,
government agencies, corporations, and research communities—has fascinating data on their
website from their annual surveys of the metro Chicago area on health care, personal finance,
housing, poverty, employment, arts and culture, information technology, and more.
Literacy Chicago was founded when Literacy Council of Chicago and Literacy Volunteers of Chicago, Chicago's two largest literacy organizations, merged in 1992. Today, Literacy Chicago is the
largest provider of free, individualized adult literacy services in Illinois.
Metropolitan Planning Council
"MPC conducts policy analysis, outreach and advocacy in partnership with public officials and community leaders to improve
equity of opportunity and quality of life throughout metropolitan Chicago." (Quote from their Web site.)
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
NIPC is the official comprehensive planning agency for the 6-county Chicago metropolitan area.
Site includes information about our region, their publications and services, coming events, news,
overview of their 2020 Plan, and links to their partners.
Maps, schedules, fare information, and travel advice for public transit:
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Pace (Suburban Bus System)
Metra (Suburban and Commuter Trains)
Chicago Airport System
Chicago Public Library's Frequently Requested Phone Number List (top)
An extensive list of phone numbers most often requested from the Chicago Public Library: AIDS
information and testing, Alcoholics Anonymous, contacting your alderman, the arson hotline,
Better Business Bureau, CTA route info., grammar hotlines at local universities, homework
hotline, legal services for low income families, passport information, and many more.
Visit the Chicago Public Library's Timeline
of Chicago History
for a synopsis of important events in our city's past. The City of Big
Shoulders is also the city of big projects! Read about the 1855
street level change
completion of the Union Stockyards (1865)
, the opening
of the Sears Tower (1973)
reversal of the Chicago River (1900)
Burnham's 1909 Chicago Plan
—the first comprehensive urban planning document in the United
States, The World's
Columbian Exposition (1893)
, and the 1933-1934
World's Fair: The Century of Progress
The Windy City is also the stormy city! Learn about the Fort
Dearborn Massacre before this swampy land of wild onions was Chicago, the Lager
Beer Riots (March & April 1855) of German saloon keepers who felt discriminated against by
the Sunday closing laws, the Haymarket
Riot (May 4, 1886) where a bomb went off as police attempted to disperse an anarchist-led
labor rally, the Pullman
Strike (1894) that forever changed the nature of labor/management relations in America, the West Side Riots that took place between 1966 and 1977, and the anti-war demonstrations and disturbances that
occurred during the Democratic
National Convention (August 1968).
Some other tragic episodes that Chicago has weathered: The
Great Chicago Fire (October 8-10, 1871), the Iroquois
Theater Fire (December 30, 1903), the Sinking
of the Eastland, and the Our
Lady of the Angels School Fire (December 1, 1958).
Chicago Historical Society
Newspapers and Magazines (top)
Exhibitions, programs, collections, and publications information and articles on Chicago history.
Encyclopedia of Chicago – Highly Recommended!
The Encyclopedia of Chicago is a dynamic and unprecedented metropolitan history. Thousands of historical resources-including articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers-related to Chicago's colorful and complex history are at your fingertips.
A guide to exploring the history of Chicago. Includes books, a gallery, gift ideas, and more!
The Great Chicago Fire Virtual Exhibit
Commemorative exhibition of The Great Chicago Fire with essays, photos, and sound. Created by the
Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University.
Chicago Reader's Online Features
Search the Reader's massive apartment ads, job section, telephone matches, and other classifieds.
New City's Best of Chicago Issue
Investigative reporting on race and poverty in Chicago since 1972.
Crain's Chicago Business
Windy City Media Group
The voice of Chicago's gay, lesbian, bi, and trans community since 1985. Publications include Windy City Times, Nightspots, Blacklines, En La Vida, and Out! Guide.
Programming schedule and lists of favorite wacky people and places of Chicagoland. Register your
suggestions for the show.
WTTW - Network Chicago
Chicago's public television station
Chicagoland's only 24-hour local news channel.
One of the country's most popular local television stations.
Comprehensive listing of Chicago radio stations.
One of the country's most popular local radio stations.
City of Chicago Page
The city of Chicago's web site produced by the mayor's office contains a wealth of great Chicago
info. both for tourists (interactive downtown map, electronic tour guide, info. for student
travellers, safety tips, current events, etc.) and residents (directory of city services, pubic
school and public library info., date/time of next city council meeting, special events listings,
Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau
Some of the most current information on the internet about what's going on in Chicago—from
theater and gallery offerings to specialty tours, events, and festivals. Also general info. on
visiting the city, Navy Pier, and McCormick Place.
Chicago Tribune's Metromix
The Tribune's Chicago guide for the savvy urbanite. Massive searchable databases for nightclubs,
film, art & culture, recreation, shopping, family, and more, plus several new feature articles a
month in various departments—many on topics that would never appear in the Trib itself.
Chicago Web Guide to Chicago
Gordon Lake's incredible web page covers Chicago nightlife, hotels, restaurants, movies, events,
sports, weather, transportation, family activities, and theater as well as providing city maps,
top Chicago websites, and local grocery store sales. Don't miss Lake Shore Drive
Chicago's first internet soap opera.
Chicago City Central
Extensive collection of media, sports, and "Best of Chicago" links.
Links to the Windy City
Extensive list of everything Chicago. Topics range from tourist guides, news, and entertainment,
to statistics, transportation, and weather, and everything in between.
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