Chicago is a modernmetropolis on Lake Michigan's shores with a pronounced fondness for art,baseball and blues. Stroll through the museums and parks during the day, andwhen the sun goes down, take in an evening of live blues in the bustling heartof Downtown Chicago. Or why not experience alively sporting event and check out the hometown baseball teams, The Cubs andWhite Sox or the Chicago Bulls basketball team.
In this metropolis, which is the third largest cityin America, public transport is efficient to say the least. It’s easy topinpoint exactly where you are at any time too using just the skyline - simplylook to the tallest skyscraper in the USA: Willis Tower. Its viewing platform,at 412 meters above the busy street level, offers an amazing view of LakeMichigan, Navy Pier and other major attractions.
In Lincoln Park, just north of downtown, offersbeaches, sports fields and landscaped gardens. On the south side of the park isthe ChicagoHistory Museum, which tells complete the history of the Windy City,including tales of notorious gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Strollthrough the gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or spend the afternoon atthe Lincoln Park Zoo, which houses more than 1,000 animals. Then there’sBrookfield Zoo, 19 kilometres west of the city centre; it’s more than twice aslarge and houses big cats, several species of primates and even dolphins.
Head back toward Michigan Avenue's MagnificentMile and you’ll find the best shops in the city. It's a good placefor lunch or dinner, or to watch people while sipping a coffee or a beer. Justsouth of the Magnificent Mile is the great Art Institute of Chicago, which isdefinitely worth a visit. The collection includes European and Americanmasterpieces by greats such as Monet and Van Gogh. Nearby is the MillenniumPark, a meeting place with public art and spectacular summer concerts.
Chicago has been (andis) home to some very influential people. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum andHouse, where the famous writer was born. You’ll also find the first house of architectFrank Lloyd Wright in the beautiful district of Oak Park (Frank Lloyd WrightHome and Studio). He designed number of houses and buildings in the area,including Unity Temple which is considered one of his best designs. Stop at theGarfield Park Conservatory on your way back to the centre, a city oasis withrare and exotic plants.
A trip to Chicagowouldn’t be complete without a game at legendary Wrigley Field. In the eveningvisit the Navy Pier with its lively bars and restaurants, or opt for a night ofblues or jazz in one of the legendary clubs of Chicago. Try BLUES, just northof the centre of Kingston Mines a few kilometres to the north to Lincoln Park.