Chicago was the rail link between the West and the East and its meatpacking industry was the largest in the country. Beef from the plain and Texas came in and was then cut from Chicago, packaged and shipped to the rest of the world. From food to parks to shopping, Chicago has it all.
For architecture lovers, Chicago offers a wealth of buildings to see and explore. Chicago is full of amazing turn-of-the-century buildings blended with modern architecture. There is the famous Willis Tower, though for me it will always be the Sears Tower, the Chicago Building, the Tribune Tower.
Located right in the city center, this huge park has a lot of green space. The park features the reflective Cloud Gate Sculpture, The Bean, which reflects the Chicago skyline and makes for great photos. Millennium Park also has an open-air restaurant and two large glass sculptures forming the Crown Fountain.
Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain has two 50-foot towers facing each other at the opposite ends of a flat reflective pool. The towers’ LED screens project the faces of 1,000 different Chicago residents, who are perfectly aligned with spouts, so it seems they spit water on passers-by.
Art Institute of Chicago
It is one of the oldest museums in the country and has almost 300,000 items in its permanent collection. The Art Institute’s American Art Collection includes some of the most famous works in the American canon, including Edward Hoppers Nighthawks.
The collection ranges from colonial silver to modern and contemporary paintings. The Art Institute’s antique collection spans nearly 4,000 years of art and history, displaying Greek.
On the south bank of the Chicago River, you can walk down the Riverwalk, which leads from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street. It’s a great way to see the coast and see some people. There’s so much more to the Chicago Riverwalk than just strolling along a picturesque river.
The Riverwalk is a lifestyle, a unique Chicago, with a little something for everyone. The Riverwalk is the epitome of romance when the sun goes down. Take a boat cruise under the stars and gaze dreamily at the glittering lights that illuminate the calm waters of the river.
Shedd is one of the favorite aquariums in the world, with more than 32,000 different species, giving you a full and detailed view of all oceans. Chicago’s largest museums offer free days throughout the year for the residents of Illinois, including the Shedd Aquarium.
These free entry days include all permanent exhibits, underwater beauty special, Aquatic presentation, subject to availability and seasonal stingray touch, open late May to October. There are also days off at the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium all year round.
Navy Pier is something of a carnival in a city. It includes several rides, a Ferris wheel, many restaurants, a Shakespearean theater, boat tours, a strangely large number of beer gardens and even miniature golf. It’s a great place for adults and kids alike and no visit to Chicago is complete with a walkthrough here.
The Navy Pier offers activities and experiences that stimulate the imagination, stimulate the senses and raise their spirits. From recreation to relaxation, entertainment and education, the events at Navy Pier celebrate our first-century history, while giving our guests an extraordinary second experience.