Published On: Wed, Dec 11th, 2019

Chicago, Illinois Birthplace of the Skyscraper

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From its unsurpassed skyline to its world-class restaurants and clubs and from its collection of museums, parks and beaches to its internationally renowned theatres, sporting venues, and gardens, Chicago never fails to impress. Not only does the city boast some of America’s most venerated institutions, it’s home to several of its favorite teams: the Blackhawks, the Bulls, the Cubs, the White Sox, and, of course, ‘da Bears.

Popular Sights and Activities in Chicago

The city’s central Loop, which is circled by the rattling elevated train (known simply as the “El”) which gives the downtown district its name, is packed with some of the finest modern and post-modern architecture on the planet.

The tallest and most famous building in the neighborhood is the Willis Tower (which most locals will always think of as the Sears Tower as it was called until 2009), the tallest building in America. In season, cruises along the Chicago River point out architectural highlights of the city.

One of the city’s newest treasures is Millennium Park, which boasts a massive video sculpture fountain and “The Bean”, a popular name for Anish Kapoor’s well-polished sculpture, whose official name is “Cloud Gate.” In fact the whole Loop district is packed with iconic artworks from Calder, Chagall, Miro and Picasso to name only a few.

Museums Art and Culture in Chicago

Nearby, views from the city’s lakeside Museum Campus offer breathtaking glimpses over the edge of massive Lake Michigan to the glittering skyline.

Here, next to the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, and the largest indoor aquarium in the world, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, you’ll find the Field Museum.

Chicago, Illinois, Skyscraper

Home to Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered, this natural history museum served as a set for films such as “The Relic.”

A bit further south, the Museum of Science and Industry is the biggest reminder of the 1893 World’s Fair that helped put Chicago into the collective imagination of the world. Today, it’s home to the U-505, an actual German submarine captured in World War II.

Art lovers will enjoy the city’s prestigious Art Institute, with its brand new Modern wing. It’s also home to the largest collection of impressionist paintings outside Paris. The Museum of Contemporary Art, meanwhile, is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world.

Chicago’s Hottest Neighborhoods and Entertainment

There are no shortage of galleries, theatres, and shops in Chicago, with a large concentration along The Magnificent Mile, a splendid commercial stretch of Michigan Avenue to rival New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Still further north is Rush Street, where the party never stops, and Old Town, which still retains a flavor of Chicago from its earliest days. Along the lake is the Gold Coast, a luxurious stretch of residential property looking over the city’s most unspoiled stretch of lakefront sandy beach.

Hipsters will want to explore Lakeview, with its many clubs and fine-dining establishments along leafy, brownstone-lined avenues, as well as Andersonville, once the hub of Chicago’s Swedish community, now a trend-setting setting for shops, cafés and restaurants.

Wicker Park to the West is packed with cutting edge music and theatres and more trendy shops, while the West Loop has some of the most eclectic galleries in town.

Hyde Park in the South is not only the former home of President Obama, it’s a hub of more Chicagoan architectural treasures and the setting of the University of Chicago’s main campus.

Wherever you start exploring, be sure to allow for a healthy break to sample Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza. Just like the massive metropolis that gave birth to it, this hearty delicacy takes a while to work your way through, but you’ll be well rewarded for your efforts.

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