HBS 2018, Chicago - Explore Chicago

Explore Chicago

Did you know that Chicago has four nicknames? It is not only the Windy City, but also the City of Big Shoulders, The Second City, and The City That Works. This is the birthplace of Walt Disney, the place where the first skyscraper was built and, what is more, it is the second largest city to enjoy impressionist paintings after Paris. Further, Chicago is a green, modern and exciting place, which reflects the dynamics of contemporary life. This eclectic combination turns it into an ideal location for our symposium. Let us introduce you to it, with some interesting numbers and facts:

Chicago is home to...

  • 237 square miles of land
  • An estimated 2.7M residents
  • 77 community areas containing more than 100 neighborhoods
  • Over 5,195 restaurants
  • More than 250 theaters, 225 music venues, and 200 dance companies
  • 56 museums
  • Over 700 public art works
  • More than 125 art galleries and 20 neighborhood art centers
  • 26 miles of lakefront with an 18.5-mile lakefront path
  • 8,100 acres of green space with 580 parks and 26 beaches 
  • 5 citywide music festivals, nearly 50 neighborhood music festivals and 35 neighborhood food festivals
  • Over 30 downtown and neighborhood parades
  • Approximately 369 landmarks and 46 historic districts
  • Over 225 miles of bike lanes and more than 13,000 bike racks
  • Over 3,000 bikes and 300 stations through Divvy bike sharing system
  • 28 CTA bus routes and 8 train routes serving 146 stations
  • 119 hotels with 39,000+ hotel rooms in the Central Business District

Getting to Chicago by plane, train, car or bus

Once in the city, choose your favourite means of transport to get around

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