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Local Chicago Area Information

Local Government

City of Chicago Website
Information on local events, parks and recreation, art and culture, things to do and much more.


Chicago Tribune

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Reader

School Information

Chicago Public Schools
Gives information about public schools in Chicago.

Independent schools
Detailed information on independent schools and what they have to offer.

Chicago Private Schools
This site lists all the private schools in Chicago along with their addresses and phone numbers.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
UIC is the public research university in the great city of Chicago.  As the Chicago area's largest university, UIC has a responsibility and unique oppurtunity to contribute to the well-being of urban life.  UIC's metropolitan engagement is embodied in the Great Cities Commitment, which implements hundreds of teching, research and service programs.

If you are an avid sports fan, you’ve come to the right place. With 7 different sports teams, every fan can have a favorite team in Chicago.  Click on the team whose schedule you would like to view.

Football: Chicago Bears

Baseball: Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox

Basketball: Chicago Bulls

Hockey: Chicago Blackhawks, NHL and the Chicago Wolves, AHL

Soccer: Chicago Fire


Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Adler was opened in 1930, making it the first planterium in the western hemisphere.  Adler has more than 35,000 square feet of exhibits, including scale models of the solar system, ancient astronomical instruments and interactive adventures.

The Art Institute of Chicago
Family programs, educational programs, self-guided tours.  Housing the largest impressionist collection outside the Louvre.  Best suited for all age groups, open year-round.

Buckingham Fountain
Located in Grant Park, is one of Chicago's most popular attractions and one of the largest fountains in the world! 

Chicago City Tours
Tours ranging from neighborhood tours to special interest tours which include, The Great Chicago Fire, Greek Chicago, Literary Chicago, Polish Chicago, Taste of the Neighborhoods, Threads of Ireland, and the White City Tour.

Chicago Nightlife - Metromix
Find information on Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, entertainment and more from the Chicago Tribune's Metromix website.

Chicago Water Taxi
Enjoy the river as you take the water taxi (Chicago's original water transportation system) to Michigan Ave, Madison Street, LaSalle & Clark or to Chinatown!!  One-way rides start at $2.00. 

The Field Museum
The Field Museum was founded to house the biological and  anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.  The museum is located at Chicago's Museum Campus and is situated right next to the lake. 

Harold Washington Library Center
The library is 756,640 square feet and opened in October of 1991.  It appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for being the largest library building in the world. 

The John Hancock Observatory & The Signature Room
The Hancock Observatory is located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. It is the city's only open-air skywalk. From the Observatory, you will see a 360-degree view of Chicago, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and other parts of Illinois. After taking in the sights from the 94th floor, go up to the 95th floor to the Signature Room where you can enjoy Contemporary American fare, cocktails and full floor to ceiling windows so you can have dinner and enjoy the view!

Lincoln Park Zoo
Established in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoological gardens in the country and is among the most modern.  The zoo stands as one of the last free major cultural institutions in the United States and the only one left in Chicago.

Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile offers 3.1 million square feet of retail space, 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 51 hotels and 2 museums along Michigan Ave.  The Mag Mile refers to Michigan Ave. from the Chicago River to Oak Street. 

Millenium Park
Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the North and Monroe Street to the South.

Navy Pier
Navy Pier has been a Chicago landmark since it first opened in 1916.  It is located on Lake Michigan and has restaurants, shops, IMAX Theatre, Crystal Gardens, Chicago Shakesphere Theater, the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, a musical carousel, an old-fashioned swing ride and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Navy Pier Park also has a 1,500-seat Skyline Stage, which features musical performances ranging from classical to pop, blues and jazz to eclectic, rock and reggae, as well as dance, theater, comedy and film.

The Skydeck
Enjoy beautiful views from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower.  It is Chicago's highest observatory! On clear days you can see up to 40-50 miles away!!  The skydeck offers interactive tools to help you enjoy your experience more with kiosks, museum quality exhibits and a child level display for children.  There are also plenty of restaurants to chose from in the Sears Tower. 

Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in the world and its here in Chicago!  It has more than 8000 aquatic animals and has great views of Lake Michigan. 

The United Center Arena
The United Center Arena, home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, is the largest arena in the United States.  Get event information for concerts, games and more. 

Untouchable Gangsters Tour
Experience Chicago as it was in 1920 and 1930!  See where gangsters hung out and where they spent their last day.  Hear about Capone, Moran and Dillinger and where they spent their time here in Chicago. 

Wendella Boat Tours
Wendella Boat tours offers Architecture Tours of the city, a Combined River and Lake tour and a tour of Chicago at Sunset. 

Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, is playing host to Major League Baseballs: The Chicago Cubs.  View game schedules, scores, events and more.



The Chicago Transit Authority (RTA/CTA)

City Transportation Guide

Food & Dining

Chicago Restaurant Ratings - Metromix
Find information on Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, entertainment and more from the Chicago Tribune's Metromix website.

Business & Professional Services

Chicago Market Facts
Gives information on demographics, residential and commercial real estate, banking and personal and business economy.


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Carol Duran
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Ph: 312-368-5963  -  Fax: 312 242-5613
1800 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614

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