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Experience Chicago, IL

Big City Excitement with a Taste of Four Seasons

Chicago’s Le Cordon Bleu campus is located in the trendy River North neighborhood, near the downtown “loop”, the “magnificent mile” (Michigan Avenue), and great public transportation. Some of the top restaurant names are located here, and locals and tourists (the city draws over 30 million visitors a year) have a bounty of great eating options. Chicago also has a thriving theater community, which includes the famous Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters and The Second City. A lot of young people live and socialize in the neighborhoods near campus and along the 26 mile lakefront – where hoards of them spend their summers, running, biking, dog walking, playing volleyball, sunning and swimming. If sports and fun nightlife are what you’re looking for, you can find it nonstop and nearby – with neighborhood after neighborhood of park baseball tournaments, outdoor concerts, local pubs, cafes, and restaurants frequented by young adults and students from the area’s numerous colleges and universities. Chicago rocks year round.

Learn More About Chicago

Find out more about this city's attractions and notable chefs by clicking on any of the options listed below.

Unique Attractions

  • The Lakefront and Beaches
  • Wrigley Field
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Millennium Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Chicago Museum Campus
  • Navy Pier
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Soldier Field
  • U.S. Cellular Field
  • United Center
  • The Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Avenue)
  • McCormick Place
  • John Hancock Observatory
  • Willis Tower Skydeck

Social & Culinary Attraction

  • Chicago Sport and Social Club
  • (/www.chicagosportandsocialclub.com/)
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Green Tie Ball
  • Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball
  • Green City Market
  • American Culinary Federation
  • AHA (American Homebrewers Association)
  • Old Town Art Fair
  • Slow Food Chicago Annual Goose Island Pig Roast
  • Ribfest Chicago
  • Farmers Markets (Citywide)
  • World's Largest Block Party
  • Young Professionals of Chicago
  • (https://www.ypchicago.org/)
  • National Restaurant Association Show (at McCormick Place)

Chicago Area Chefs

  • Grant Achatz (Executive Chef/Owner, Alinea Restaurant, Next Restaurant, Aviary)
  • Jeffrey Pikus (Executive Chef, Maudes Liquor Bar)
  • Jason Vaughn (Executive Chef, Gilt Bar)
  • Jimmy Bannos Jr. (Executive Chef, Purple Pig)
  • Dirk Flannigan (Executive Chef, The Gage)
  • Carl Shelton (Executive Chef, Boka; Le Cordon Bleu Chicago graduate)
  • Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter)
  • Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and Topolobampo)
  • Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat; one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2011; Le Cordon Bleu graduate)
  • Arun Sampanthavivat (Arun’s)
  • Rick Tramonto (Osteria Via Stato)
  • Gale Gand (Tru)
  • Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia)
  • Jean Joho (Everest)
  • And Much More!


Average Temperatures

  • January 16° – 30°
  • July 65° – 85°


  • The Windy City
  • The City of Big Shoulders
  • The City that Works


  • Andersonville
  • Buck Town
  • Gold Cost
  • Edgewater
  • Lincoln Park
  • Pilsen
  • River North
  • Wicker Park
  • And More


  • The "L" (elevated trains)
  • Bus (city & suburban)
  • Metra (commuter trains)


  • Bears (NFL)
  • Cubs (MLB)
  • White Sox (MLB)
  • Bulls (NBA)
  • Blackhawks (NHL)
  • Fire (MLS)

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