One of the many fantastic things about living in Chicago is the many different festivals and other international events that happen in the city - it truly is a melting pot of many different cultures and ethnicities. No matter where you are from, or what you want to explore, there is something from nearly every corner of the world.
Year Round Festivals: Chicago's summer festivals are legendary for a reason - we have to celebrate the best season of the year! But there is much more than Lollapalooza. Nearly every nationality and neighborhood has a unique festival, from Maifest in Lincoln Square (German) to the African/Caribbean Festival Of Life to the Fiesta Del Sol to the Chinatown Summer Fair (and much more), there is something for everyone. Even during the chilly days of winter, there's lunar year parades in Chinatown and Uptown along with many more fests year round.
Music: Bands of every genre come to Chicago on tour, and we have our own amazing local bands as well. And of course, this includes international music of all types - you just need to know where to look. Start with smaller venues and check out local festivals, and you'll discover a wide variety of bands that play music from around the globe.
Movies: While of course there are theaters that screen the big Hollywood blockbusters, there are plenty of smaller art house theaters that play indie films and international movies, plus there are plenty of festivals that showcase films from around the world.
Museums: The Art Institute, the Field Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry are fantastic, but Chicago has much more to offer. There's the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, just to name a few.
Neighborhoods: It has often been said that Chicago is city of neighborhoods, and that is certainly true. From Chinatown and Pilsen (Mexican) on the south side to Argyle Street (Vietnamese) and Devon Avenue (Indian) in the north, and everything in between, you can explore the world without leaving the Windy City.
Food: Everyone always says how Chicago has one of the best culinary scenes in the world - and we'll tell that is most definitely true. There's virtually nothing you can't find in this city, whether you are looking for authentic dim-sum or traditional Cuban food. Eater Chicago and the LTHForum should both help you get started, but the best thing to do is just start looking around by exploring your 'hood and beyond.
Whether you are an ex-pat craving a taste of home, or a local looking to explore the world without leaving Cook County, there is something for you in Chicago. Moving to Chicago and need a little help? Our team of experienced real estate agents is ready and willing - contact us today.