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City of Chicago

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Posted by on October 10, 2013

Places to See and Things to do in the Windy City

Lakes and a cultural district that will take your breath away; these are only some of the aspects that make Chicago a favorite for whoever visits the US.

Fun Facts about Chicago

Most people who visit the windy city for the first time don’t know this but –

  • Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the US

  • About 3 million of the country’s population lives in Chicago

  • The city boasts of over 200 plus art galleries

  • It hosts over 33 annual parades

  • It has over 552 parks

  • The city was home to the first African American president, Barack Obama

Things to Do in Chicago

There is no shortage of venues, entertainment centers and other activities in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. Some of the most notable are –

Millennium Park

It will be a sin to visit Chicago and not drop by at Millennium Park. The park is situated just north of the Art Institute of Chicago and includes some famous sights of its own like the Cloud Gate. Just ask a local tourist where “the bean” is and you will be able to find it.

Another popular attraction worth visiting is the Crown Fountain which is in the form of two huge block columns. The columns feature the faces of thousands of the city’s residents which change after every five minutes. Admissions to some attractions like the Lurie Garden and Pritzker Pavilion is free so make sure that you have your camera with you.

The Art Institute of Chicago

If you are an art aficionado you will love the Art Institute of Chicago. The art gallery is home to some of the country’s most impressive collection of post impressionist and impressionist paintings as well as other pieces of art. The museum also has other artifacts on display such as European and American armor that dates back to the 17th and 20th centuries. It is open every day with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays. The best part is that admission is free on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 8pm.

Why you Should Visit Chicago

The city of Chicago offers an impressive combination of culture, eclectic neighborhoods, tourist hotspots and culinary delights for whoever visits it. Take advantage of any one of the many food tours available if you are an avid foodie. Chicago may be called the “second city” by some but it plays second fiddle to none. With over 200 theatres, stunning architecture, 40 famous museums and 7000 award winning food outlets there is always something to do in the windy city.

And it shines the most during the summer months especially from June till September. Plan a picnic at the nearest park, walk along the Lakefront or hit the beach. Visit the famous museum campus in the city which is home to museums such as the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. Try the Chicago style hotdog or a deep dish pizza if you are travelling on a budget.

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