Chicago, IL is much more than the Second City, a slight the residents have taken and turned into a badge of honor. It is a city supporting professional sports franchises in every major league in North America. It is one of the best theater cities in the nation, rivaling New York in its original dramatic productions. It is a place with thousands of venues to enjoy live music, from the blues to rock to classical.
Sports are a major part of this city’s DNA. The Chicago Bears are always thought of as the Monsters of the Midway. The Blackhawks have brought the Stanley Cup back to the city. The Bulls are best remembered for Michael Jordan, but Derrick Rose is quickly making the United Center his permanent residence. The Fire are a major player in the MLS and thrive in Bridgeport at the Toyota Park.
The Theatre District has been rejuvenated, with the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre, the Bank of America Theatre, and Cadillac Palace Theatre serve as home for big Broadway shows. Original productions play throughout the city, but the most famous are Steppenwolf Theatre and Goodman Theatre.
Events like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork Music Festival take advantage of the many public parks, but most live music is played indoors, as it has to be in a cold climate city. Chicago is known around the world for the blues, but in addition the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many more groups bring high culture to the Midwestern oasis.