Living in Chicago

Life in the Windy City

The whisper of the wind blowing through majestic skyscrapers. The buzz of a city rich in history. With soulful music, rich diversity and deep cultural flavor, Chicago has something for everyone.

Fast Facts About Chicago

U.S. state: Illinois

City size: 234 km2

Population: 7,307,400 people (metropolitan area)

Demographics: White: 61.5%, Hispanic: 17.6%, African American: 12.3%, Asian: 5.3%, Multiracial: 2.35%

Average temperature: 0°C in January, 21°C in May, 24°C in September

Key industries: Financial Services, Engineering, Publishing, Food Processing

Neighborhoods to Explore

Hyde Park neighborhood on the water
Hyde Park
Home to the University of Chicago and surrounded by the Lake Michigan shoreline, enjoy quaint restaurants, the Museum of Science and Industry and Court Theatre.
Sea life at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park
Spend an afternoon in Chicago’s famous Lincoln Park Zoo.
Traffic in Wicker Park neighborhood
Wicker Park/Bucktown
Blending of edginess and funk, the Arc and Monique Meloche Galleries are worth exploring. Grab some Mexican street food at the lively Big Star, and catch an exciting international movie or live performance at the Chopin Theatre.
Boats on the Chicago river in the Loop neighborhood
The Loop
This unique name of the downtown business district derives from the route of a Chicago streetcar in 1882.

Must-see Sights

The Windy City is full of architectural beauty, historical jazz music and endless museums.

The Willis (Sears) Tower

This iconic, 110-story skyscraper boasts an adrenaline rush like you’ve never felt. Trek to the 103rd floor to experience “The Ledge,” a glass balcony extending four feet out over the cityscape.

The Art Institute of Chicago

With its entrance guarded by two impressive lion statues, what lies inside is definitely worth guarding. Discover 300,000 pieces of ancient and contemporary artwork in one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States.

The Magnificent Mile

Boutiques, stores and eateries are scattered through this famous area on Michigan Ave., ideal for a pleasant city walk and views of the Chicago River.

Chicago Cultural Center

This is one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. Originally opened in 1987, it is the nation's first free municipal cultural center and home to two stunning stained-glass domes. Admission is free.

Ready to get out there and explore?

It’s easy to get to know your new city and country. Chicago has lots of convenient transportation options, whether you’re taking a bus across town or flying to New York City for a fun weekend.