Chicago: One of the Most Important Cities in the US
Developed along the Lake Michigan, Chicago is one of the 10 most important cities in the world. This big metropolis downtown, The Loop, is marked by the huge presence of skyscrapers: even if you will not find here more skyscrapers than in New York, you will see a skyline dominated by these high towers.
Its climate is typically continental: winters can be extremely cold in winter, with periods in which temperature does not go beyond 0°, or extremely hot, with peaks 35° during the day.
Chicago is the city with most drawbridges in the world: 45, all along its river and lake.
A Little Bit of Chicago History
Chicago name comes from the Potawatomi word for “wild leek”: “Chicago”, the vegetable that covered the area in the 18th century.
In 1795 Chicago area was given up by the natives and entered the United States.
A big fire in 1871 almost destroyed the city, supported by the strong wind. During the city reconstruction the first skyscraper in human history, Home Insurance Building, took place.
In more recent times, during 1900, city engineers worked to reduce Lake Michigan pollution, creating a direct connection with a channel between Chicago river and Illinois river.
What to See in Chicago?
The “windy city” is famous for blues music, modern art, cabaret and refined food.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see in the city. Here you will find works of art from very different historic periods, and the paintings of important modern artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, or Picasso. This museum offers a great experience for the whole family since it has specific activities for its small visitors, guided tours and a free app to get all the information you need while you are visiting its galleries.
Millenium Park is right in the heart of the city and it’s its green area. Here people gather to relax, attend free concerts and shows, have lunch or, simply, take a “bean selfie” at the Big Bean sculpture by Anish Kapoor you will find in this park.
Formerly known as John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago Observation Deck is on the 94th floor of John Hancock building and it is the highest floor with a complete 360° view of the city. If vertigo is not a problem for you, you should complete your experience at 360 Chicago Observation Deck at “The Tilt”, a glass cube you can enter to look at the city from a very privileged point of view.
The Magnificent Mile
Michigan Avenue, better known as Magnificient Mile is the main city road, going from the river to the lake. It is also the right place for having a walk or shopping, thanks to its loads of shops and lively atmosphere. You will find more than 400 luxury shops along this street, together with hundreds restaurants and hotels.