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This article was written on 08 Jul 2015.

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Why go to Chicago


Picturesque skyline over the huge Lake Michigan impresses all visitors of the city. But this is just a start. There is much in Chicago to impress you. It has always been very important for USA. There is a saying that every road leads to Rome. In USA such place was Chicago because each train led to Chicago. There are some staples you can visit in the city such as Millennium Park, old Water Tower, which is an iconic place of interest as belongs to one of few buildings that survived after Chicago Fire in 1871.

John-Hancock-CenterLovers of art can go to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Visit the Hancock Center, which is the third tallest in Chicago and the fifth tallest building in the country. It looks great. Besides, it is a perfect observation place. The admission fee is $15. The Observatory is on the 94th floor.

One of the landmarks of Chicago is a neo-Gothic building Tribune Tower. The CNN has its office in it.

If you want to see one of the biggest fountains in the world, you should go to the Buckingham Fountain that is located in the Grant Park. It is in rococo style in 1927. Georgia pink marble was used for it. The fountains look especially spectacular when illuminated by lights – come there when the night falls.

WEFTEC-2013The building of the chewing gum magnate the Wrigley Building is worth your attention. It was erected to impress the visitors, so when it was built in 1920-s, the goal was achieved. The skyscraper is an iconic landmark of the city.

There are sensational Segway tours in Chicago. The guests of the city are not so tired using this convenient means of transport!

There are 4 downtown communities in Chicago and the Loop is one of them. The Loop features the tallest buildings of Chicago skyline and the finest architecture. World-class collection of art is another thing that attracts tourists to this part of the city. You can see huge statues of most famous sculptors there.  You may want to visit Art Institute of Chicago, Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum, or Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Loop also used to be a theatre district before. The theatre-goers can visit:

  • Opulent Cadillac Palace Theater with fantastic interior (rare brass ornamentation, huge decorative mirrors and complex arches). Do you want to watch the Lion King on stage?
  • The Auditorium Theatre, where you can watch the performance or go behind the scenes on a historic tour. The 24 carat gold-leafed ceiling arches look impressive.
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra based in 1891. It belongs to the Big Fives.
  • Ford Center for the Performing Arts and other theatres.

Magnificent-MileThe best shopping in Chicago is in North Michigan Avenue that stretches for a mile therefore it is called the Magnificent Mile. It resembles New York’s Fifth Avenue and Beverly Hills’s Rodeo Drive connected together. No matter what luxury brands you love, you will definitely find it there: Bulgari, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo or whatever.  The nearby Oak Street and the Loop can also be shopping destinations, but the density of shops is not so high there.

Visit the Navy Pier for shopping. There you can also buy souvenirs and visit one of the restaurants.

You can find many ethnic restaurants in Chicago: Greek Islands, Tuscany, Berghoff Restaurant that offers German cuisine, Andies, where you can eat Mediterranean and Lebanese food, Heaven on Seven with spicy Cajun and Creole dishes or Pequod’s, where you can order excellent pizza. USA is called a melting pot and Chicago can be called a melting pot in miniature – it can satisfy any taste!