Chicago, the windy city, the second city, the city that works, the city on the lake with a metro population of over 9 million, Chicago is many things to many people. Above all, Chicago is a city of big business. From the steel mills on the lakefront to the trading floors downtown to the tech research corridors of the suburbs, every stretch of cityscape was born in industry. Over 30 Fortune 500 companies and more than 100 corporations are headquartered here.
Chicago boasts 7,600 acres of parkland, two conservatories, and 31 beaches. Nestled in 26 miles of lakefront parks are the Field Museum, the Museum of the Art Institute, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Children’s Museum, as well as the Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Adler Planetarium.
Chicago’s summer and fall come alive with neighborhood and music festivals. Six professional sports teams, world-class opera, orchestra and ballet, and thriving theatre and comedy scenes are the city’s cultural pulse year-round.
On a nice day, you can walk a mile from UIC Business through Greektown (one of Chicago’s community areas) and into the loop to dine at Michelin-starred restaurants,- shop, enjoy big-city nightlife, and view public art and architecture.