Chicago welcomed over 57.6 million visitors in 2018, a growth of 4.3% over the previous year, resulting in a new tourism record. In 2019, Chicago will continue to wow visitors with its world-class theater, innovative culinary and mixology adventures, state-of-the-art hotels, premiere exhibits and more. This winter in Chicago, experience the Year of Chicago Theatre, toast to the nation’s craft beer capital, dine in the home of the James Beard Foundation Awards and experience one of the city’s many new hotels. Check out what’s new and happening in Winter/Spring 2019 below, and visit for more information.

Food and drink

Ramen-san opened in Streeterville on December 4, 2018, dishing out its signature ramen, express lunch and new menu additions. The third downtown location of the ramen shop from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman brings the “San” vibe and energy to the neighborhood. The menu imports classics from the River North and Fulton Market locations, like the 12-hour pork tonkotsu, Imperial vegetable broth and spicy Szechuan wings, while adding new features like a pork katsu sandwich available all day. Diners can sip on ice-cold Asahi beer, rare Japanese whiskeys and house-made shrub sodas that can be spiked with Nikka Gin.