Chicago, on Lake Michigan, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Chicago is a huge vibrant city and a large surrounding metropolitan area. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center. It’s well known for house music, blues, jazz, comedy, shopping, dining, architecture, and fine cultural attractions. The city is also renowned for its museums. Where there are beaches, there are waterfront parks. During the summer months, the parks are a destination for organized and impromptu volleyball and soccer games, chess matches, and plenty more, with tennis and basketball courts dotted along the way. With entries in every major professional sports league and several universities in the area, Chicago sports fans have a lot to keep them occupied. Chicago also boasts a world class dining scene. The city’s three most iconic dishes are Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef.