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Be it in snow or in sun, Chicago shines through the seasons. Ice rinks dot the city, including one at Millennium Park, and the new ice skating ribbon weaving its way through the recently opened Maggie Daley Park. For indoor pursuits, head to Museum Campus, home to the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium.

Feast on pizza & more.

Gino's, Giordano's, Lou Malnati's, UNO's and others: The best Chicago pizza is always up for debate. Learn the history of deep dish pie and dig in at a local class. The culinary scene pulses with leading chefs, including Stephanie Izard. Head to Restaurant Row in the West Loop to satisfy any palate.

Enjoy theater & music.

In Travel + Leisure's list of America's Favorite Cities 2014, Chicago lands in the top three for architecture. It's also home to a thriving arts scene. Many shows do a test run in Chicago before launching in New York. Long-standing shows, such as "Blue Man Group" and "Million Dollar Quartet" continue to be city favorites.

Ride the "El" around.

Beyond the glamorous Magnificent Mile lie 77 neighborhoods, each contributing its own personality to make up the city. Leave downtown to explore Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Hyde Park and Pilsen. Hop on the "El," Chicago's train system, and discover local haunts.

Busy season.

It’s hard to hibernate in a city with so many events celebrating the sights and cultures. Lunch and dinner prix fixe menus pop up during Restaurant Week, Jan. 30 - Feb. 12. McCormick Place draws car enthusiasts to the Auto Show Feb. 14-22, and applause thunders during Theatre Week, Feb. 12-22.

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