Chicago, Illinois

 

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. Its metropolitan area (also called “Chicagoland”), is the third-largest in the United States, after those of New York City and Los Angeles, with an estimated 9.8 million people. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, telecommunications, and transportation, with O’Hare International Airport being the second-busiest airport in the world in terms of traffic movements. The city has many nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. The best-known include: “Chi-town”, “Windy City,” “Second City”, “Hog Butcher for the World” and “City of the Big Shoulders”, the last referring to Chicago’s numerous skyscrapers.

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Must-sees in Chicago

 The Loop

  • Millenium Park, Cloud Gate, Buckingham Fountain, Adler Planetarium, (Art Institute of Chicago)
  • Financial District (Picasso Statue)

Observatories

  • Willis Tower
  • John Hancock Observatory (go up to the Lounge)

Tour

  • The Magnificient Mile (upscale shopping district)
  • North Michigan Avenue, Michigan Avenue Bridge, North Avenue Beach
  • United Center (not mandatory)
  • Lincoln Park

Entertainment / Food (mostly by night)

  • Navy Pier
  • Burger at Michael Jordan’s steakhouse (North Michigan Ave)
  • Jazz Club (Andy’s jazz club) or find a jazz club close to the Lincoln Park
  • Eat a deep dish pizza at the Uno’s Pizza 29 East Ohio Street
  • Authentic communities in the South of Chicago (Washington Park, Hyde Park) NEVER BY NIGHT and never alone !
  • Clark Street (nice place for shopping and restaurant)
The “Historic Route 66” begins in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Cloud Gate

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