Chicago is the third most populous city in the USA (after New York City and Los Angeles) with 2.7 million residents. It was incorporated as a City in 1837 and grew rapidly during the 19th Century, enjoying a privileged position on a continental divide connecting the Mississippi River and Great Lakes and lying on the southern western shores of the fresh water Lake Michigan.
Today you can enjoy an array of activities including sightseeing on the river trips (which go through the middle of City); visiting Lincoln Park Zoo and Navy Pier or soaking up the architecture; shopping in the famous Golden Mile and enjoying the outstanding gastronomy available throughout the City.
The Midwest’s number-one attraction is the place in Chicago for lakefront fun. Take an exhilarating ride on the sky-high Ferris wheel, board sightseeing or dinner cruise boat, and see a live performance at the outdoor Skyline Stage or acclaimed Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Dine at one of Navy Pier’s many boardwalk restaurants and browse the unique shops and stands (a great place to pick up a souvenir).
In the heart of the city you’ll find a state-of-the-art park designed for the new millennium. Discover the reflective Cloud Gate sculpture, the multimedia Crown Fountain and the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, all with Chicago’s stunning architecture as a backdrop. The park is also host to many free cultural programs, concerts and family activities. Plus, there's alfresco dining in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter.
At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference. From whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, you’ll meet 32,500 creatures from aquatic habitats around the globe at the world’s largest aquarium.
John Hancock Observatory
The John Hancock Observatory offers Chicago's best view (as voted by the Chicago Tribune), spanning 80 miles and four states. Don't miss the sweeping panoramas, interactive telescopes, multimedia Sky Tour, bird's-eye view of Navy Pier's fireworks, or the open-air Sky Walk for an exhilarating sky-high experience.
Willis Tower and Skydeck Chicago
Step out and enjoy a view like you’ve never experienced before at Skydeck Chicago’s The Ledge. Located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the Ledge’s glass boxes jut out from the side of the skyscraper, offering unparalleled views of Chicago and four neighboring states.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The second-largest art museum in the United States is home to more than 300,000 works of art, including “American Gothic” by Grant Wood, Edward Hopper's “Nighthawks” and more. Renowned for its rare master works, at The Art Institute visitors can experience one of the world’s most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. With the addition of its Modern Wing, the museum now features an impressive showcase for its contemporary artworks.
The Field Museum
The lakefront Museum Campus is home to The Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium/Oceanarium, and the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum. The Field Museum's classic setting made it a perfect locale for the films, The Relic... and She's Having a Baby.
Magnificent Mile Shopping
You'll find world-class shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment throughout the Magnificent Mile area. With four shopping centers, renowned boutiques and locally acclaimed designers, Chicago's Magnificent Mile area is a shopper's paradise. After you've shopped 'til you dropped, dine at one of our superb restaurants, see Chicago's famous skyline from the John Hancock Observatory, or catch a show at an area theater.
State Street Shopping
The landmark State Street Retail Historic District and the surrounding area in Chicago's Loop are considered by many to be the heart of Chicago's culture and commerce. While exploring State Street, you'll find a delightful mix of shopping, entertainment, food and fun. State Street hosts gigantic flagship department stores like Macy's on State and Sears, with a variety of shopping options, including H & M, Nordstrom Rack, Urban Outfitters, Old Navy and Forever 21.
For more information on visitor attractions and planning your trip, visit the official Choose Chicago website.
Home of the “deep dish pizza”, Chicago has so much to offer in gastronomy. From American home food to world cuisine and with celebrity chefs and a record 25 Michelin Star restaurants, Chicago's dining scene is unparalleled with something for every pallet and budget.
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