Located along the coast of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a major city right in the heart of America. In the past, this city was considered to be a gangster’s hangout with names such as Bonnie and Clyde, and Al Capone associated with it. However, today it has a clean reputation and is regarded as an international commercial and business capital. It is renowned for its various cultural attractions, vibrant arts scene, eclectic mix of architecture, and amazing shopping opportunities.
When you visit Chicago, there are so many high rise buildings that you won’t be able to decide which one to gawk at first. There are steely skyscrapers everywhere, right from the glass-floored Willis Tower and stained glass Robie House to Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion. If you love art, you can choose between Intuit gallery for outsider drawings, Museum of Mexican Art for psychedelic paintings, and Art Institute for impressionist masterpieces.
Chicago is renowned for its festivals and throws around 200 of these between March and September. Most of these are music festivals, ranging from the Blues Fest at Grant Park to the Lollapalooza which is a three day rock festival. Each weekend sees some smaller street fests in the downtown neighborhoods. If you are a foodie, then there are so many things that you must try. Some examples include Mexican carnitas, Vietnamese pho, Swedish almond tarts, peanut butter and banana waffles, Polish pierogi, and definitely the deep-dish pizza. So ensure that you are not on a diet on a Chicago City Break, or else you will miss out on all the culinary fun!
This Windy City has so much to offer tourists – from city bike rides to lakeshore swimming, and free yoga in the park to weekend festivals. If you need more persuasion, here are top nine destination reasons for why you should go on a Chicago City Break.
On your Chicago City Break, you must visit the Navy Pier that extends out on Lake Michigan, and was first opened in the year 1916. Today, the 50 acres of Navy Pier are made up of attractions, parks, concert venues, gardens, restaurants, and shops. When you enter this pier, the first thing that you will see is the soaring 150-foot Ferris wheel. If you are travelling with your family, this is a great spot to entertain kids with the Funhouse Maze, the Chicago Children’s Museum, swing-seat ride, as well as a carousel. Adults can grab a drink at the Landshark Beer Garden, watch a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, or make use of the various shopping opportunities.
Right until the year 1996, the 110-story Willis Tower (or Sears Tower as it was known then) was the world’s tallest office block. The Skydeck, which is located on the 103rd story, offers visitors breathtaking views of this city. You must check out this tower on your Chicago city break because it gives you an opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the city’s striking architecture. If there are no clouds on the horizon, you can even see around 50 miles over the boundaries of this city. The main highlight of Skydeck is the Ledge, which is a glass box with a glass floor that juts out. Here is your chance to stand at 1,353 feet above ground and look directly at the city below. If you suffer from a fear of heights, going out on the Ledge is better avoided.
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