Residents of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs know the city truly has something for everyone: a spectacular skyline along Lake Michigan; miles of shoreline for biking, running, walking, in-line skating, swimming, picnicking or relaxing; the recently renovated Navy Pier; world-class museums; diverse music and arts events; sporting events; diverse restaurants; and abundant shopping opportunities.
Museums include the Field Museum, the hands-on Children's Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the famous Art Institute. The Shedd Aquarium, within walking distance of the Adler Planetarium, recently opened its new whale house. The city also boasts not one but two world-famous zoos: Lincoln Park Zoo in the heart of the city and Brookfield Zoo in a nearby western suburb.
In addition to some of the world's best live blues and jazz, Chicago also offers the world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as reggae and alternative rock. There are also multiple companies offering opera and classical and modern dance. In the summer, music, art and neighborhood festivals and fairs abound - including Taste of Chicago and the city's gospel, blues and jazz festivals, to name a few. Free outdoor concerts take place in Grant Park close to magnificent Buckingham Fountain. Inexpensive concerts at Ravinia Park are held several times a week June through August. Chicagoland also is home to many theaters large and small, offering a full array of productions from lavish Broadway musicals to ultimate avant-garde. Community theater groups feature excellent productions, often by well-known local playwrights. And the Second City and other comedy clubs continue to offer acclaimed revues.
For sports fans, Chicago has much to offer whether you prefer watching or participating. The United Center is home to the Chicago Bulls basketball and Blackhawks hockey teams. The Cubs and White Sox call Chicago home, as do the Chicago Bears. Collegiate-sports buffs have numerous institutions and sports from which to choose. Recreational sports leagues through schools, the Chicago Park District and other groups offer team activities for all ages and abilities.
Chicago is rich in ethnically diverse neighborhoods and restaurants. Within a few miles of Mount Sinai, you can indulge in dolmades in Greektown, gourmet Italian pastas and ices in Little Italy, dim sum in Chinatown or quesadillas in Little Village, Chicago's largest Mexican community. The city's diversity extends to its houses of worship, including its churches, synagogues, mosques, basilicas and temples.
Shopping options include Chicago's downtown - the Loop and Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile and innumerable indoor and outdoor malls.