Fodor's Chicago is the perfect companion for a trip to this quintessential American city. With colorful features and the most updated information, Fodor's Chicago 2014 gets straight to the best of what this city has to offer, everything from art to architecture, to shopping, baseball, jazz, and the very best deep-dish pizza. Our in-depth coverage also includes top reasons to visit the culturally and historically rich suburbs of Chicago, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park home studio, the Mallott Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Brookfield Zoo.
Expanded Coverage: Includes new hotel and restaurant reviews throughout Chicago's many exciting neighborhoods.
Illustrated Features: An in-depth illustrated feature on the Art Institute of Chicago helps travelers make the most of a visit to this magnificent museum and a feature on the history of the skyscraper explores the city's iconic architecture. A color-rich feature about Frank Lloyd Wright and his life and work acts as a guide to appreciating the architect's work in Oak Park, just outside Chicago. Features on Chicago chefs and blues music will help visitors make the most of their time in this vibrant city.
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Neighborhood planners with colorful maps, an easy-to-access "Dining and Lodging" atlas, a "Lodging Chart" to help you pick the best neighborhood to stay in, and "Best Bets" for restaurants and hotels makes planning any trip a snap.
Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Chicago offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
Pullout Map: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence.
ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.
Born in 1905 and raised in Czechoslovakia, Eugene Fodor joined the U.S. Army’s psychological-warfare branch during World War II. He emerged a decorated war hero, thanks to his leadership in the liberation of Prague and Pilsen.
Multilingual and with extensive travel intelligence, Fodor began working for the CIA during the Cold War. His publishing career began in 1936 when Fodor created the first modern guidebook and many of his guidebook writers were undercover CIA agents. Fodor revolutionized the travel publishing industry, inspiring new generations to explore the world around them. An American, a Hungarian, a world citizen, a CIA agent, a war hero, a New York Times best-selling author, and an entrepreneur—Eugene Fodor was the spy who loved travel.