There are a million places to visit and things to do in Chicago. Explore the depths of the ocean at the Shed Aquarium. Catch a fly ball at Wrigley Field. Take in a show at The Chicago Theatre. Ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. And that’s just day one. Chicago boasts some of the best cuisine, attractions and entertainment in the U.S., including several of the top 100 restaurants in the country, the tallest building in the US, and one of the best orchestras in the world in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At attractions around every corner, from high-flying observatories to Millennium Park where art and music mix with lots of room to play, you will find fun every day of the year. And special events mean there's always something new to see. Explore amazing Navy Pier, and discover the thrilling rides, activities, dining, shopping, museums, and cityscape views that make it the top destination in the Midwest. Don't miss special events like Winter Wonder Fest and other festivals, huge expositions showcasing flowers, sailboats, art, and toys - to name just a few, and dazzling summertime and holiday fireworks. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwest. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, and experienced rapid growth in the mid-nineteenth century. Chicago is located in northeastern Illinois on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago is a major transportation hub in the United States. It is an important component in global distribution, as it is the third largest inter-modal port in the world after Hong Kong and Singapore.