Dear Travelers:


It’s summertime in Chicago, and we’re so glad you’re here! You could not have picked a better time to visit America’s greatest city. This time of year, the activities and fun are endless.


Chicago summers are all about our neighborhood festivals. From Humboldt Park to South Shore, from Logan Square to Lakeview, from Rogers Park to Portage Park, there are one-of-a-kind street festivals happening every weekend in our city through September. See the Festival Guide (pg. 40 – 45) for a complete list.


We talk about neighborhoods a lot in this city because Chicago’s strength and vibrancy can truly be found in all 77 of our neighborhoods. Nowhere is that more accurate than on our South and West sides, where a dedicated group of residents, entrepreneurs and dreamers are working every day with my administration to make our neighborhoods safer and more prosperous.


Through my INVEST South/West initiative, we’re changing the narrative on neighborhoods like Austin and Pullman, home to incredible but perhaps lesser-known attractions. Learn more about this work and destinations you can support with your patronage in our Cover Story (pg. 8 – 21).


Perhaps you are just traveling through one of our two iconic airports, and we’re glad you’re here either way. Our airports are economic engines for the entire region, bringing more than 80 million people to and through our city each year, and directly employing hundreds of thousands of residents.


We hope you’ll come back and stay a while sometime soon, but in the meantime, have a look at the latest happenings at O’Hare and Midway (pg. 48 – 56), which continue to grow stronger and more resilient.


Thanks for reading, and for making Chicago a part of your summer plans!



Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot