Places to Visit in Chicago
Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 and is an international hub for industry, finance, commerce, telecommunications and transportation. It is the third most populous city in the United States and its airport, the O’Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world in terms of traffic movement. Over the years Chicago has earned itself many nicknames, including “Chi-town”, “Hog Butcher for the World”, “Windy City”, “Second City” and the more popular “City of Big Shoulders”. This industrial and cultural city attracts tens of millions of visitors a year, so it’s no wonder it has become a world attraction.
If you’re planning a visit, one of the best places to visit in Chicago is the Shedd Aquarium, the city’s most visited cultural attraction. The Aquarium offers its explorers more than 80 habitats hosting over 1,500 species of animals. It also offers a newly redesigned Abbott Oceanarium that contains beluga whales, Alaska sea otters, California sea lions and Pacific white-sided dolphins. Next stop on your visit in Chicago should be the Art Institute of Chicago, an impressive Beaux-Arts building, and host of works of art that express 5,000 years of human history. A Modern Wing was recently added to accommodate contemporary art and modern European paintings and sculpture.
Among the most amazing places to visit in Chicago we find the Adler Planetarium as well, with its interesting positioning just above Lake Michigan and the Galaxy Wall that represents the most complete view of the Milky Way that we have. No trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to the Field Museum, where you can admire the world’s largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex. The Museum also includes information and artifacts dating 4 billion years back.
The Skydeck Chicago is the city’s tallest building and it offers an amazing view to the 1.3 billion people that visit it each year. And if you are keen on rooftops and large perspectives, the John Hancock Observatory with its unique open-air Skywalk is open daily until 11 p.m. Other great places to visit in Chicago are the Museum of Science and Industry, the Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile or the Millennium Park. The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere and is equipped with interactive exhibitions. The experiments visitors can try include making a giant heart beat in time with your own, opening a Chicago River drawbridge for a model train or practicing baseball with a virtual instructor. The Navy Pier is almost a city within a city with its restaurants, parks, gardens, museums, shopping centers and the famous Ferris wheel.
Chicago has a vivid nightlife with many restaurants, lounges, bars and dance clubs. In the evening you can have dinner and enjoy some of the world’s greatest cocktail recipes at the Signature Room located between Chestnut St and Delaware Pl . The elegant restaurant with an art deco interior offers an amazing 360 degree view of the entire city. Elixir and Hydrate are two lounges with an upscale interior and a secret door between them. The menu has many pre-prohibition style drinks and incredible signature cocktail recipes, such as the Strawberry Basil Lemonade.