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Chicago in a nutshell

Chicago is  home to three of the world 10 tallest buildings including the Willis Tower
Chicago is home to three of the world 10 tallest buildings including the Willis Tower


Chicago is a city of world class status and unsurpassed beauty, drawing visitors from around the nation and the globe. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago is home to the blues, several sports teams an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, spectacular live theater, celebrated architecture, and thousand s of restaurants, museums and shopping.

Visitors from around the world come to Chicago, the Birthplace of the modern building, to admire is architectural marvels. From historic landmark buildings to contemporary technological masterpieces, Chicago is built of the unique and innovative designs that have shaped American architecture thanks to the work of such greats as Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Hundreds of others

Although the Home Insurance Building no longer stands, today Chicago is also home to three of the world 10 tallest buildings including the Willis Tower, which opened in 1974.
Other city landmark buildings include the Chicago Cultural Center,completed in 1897 in the Beaux Arts style, Adler and Sullivan's 1889 Auditorium Building, and the Art Deco era Chicago Board of Trade Building, designed by Holabird and Root in 1929 .

North Michigan Avenue is the upscale shopping area of Chicago with many of the world renowned department stores and dozens of boutiques and shops. The street's nickname is: Magnificent Mile.


Much of Chicago can be discovered without having a car. The city's bus and rail system allows you to travel without hassle. All of downtown, called The Loop, can easily be discovered by means of walking. Yes, you will need comfortable shoes and at the end of the day your feet will still feel tired, but walking is a perfect way to get around the super busy streets of downtown Chicago.

To give your feet a break you could rent a bicycle, e.g. there's a rental station right at the north end of Millennium Park, and discover the waterfront and neighborhoods around The Loop with the bike. That gives you a greater radius. exploring the waterfront with its mile-long bike and running paths is especially interesting. Bike and explore Chicago's beaches, stop, have a cool beverage, and continue biking. Certainly, that only applies during summer time.

During winter it depends on the day if it is weather-wise recommended to be on a bicycle. Usually, winters are pretty chilly in Chicago, even though they can be sunny. The views from high above on the frozen Lake Michigan are incredible. However, winter time usuallt limits your thirst for exploring areas.

Checkout the Top attractions in Chicago here: Chicago's Top Attractions




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