|The Top Ten 10 Must Visit Cities In America - Chicago
Top Ten Must-Visit Cities in the USA
It's The Windy City! It's My Kind of Town! It's An Absolute Must-Visit!
With its fabulous location, thousands of restaurants, stunning architecture, and countless things
to see and do, Chicago is an absolute must-visit city, Great music, delicious food, world-class
shopping, a wealth of galleries and museums, wonderful parks, superb arts, including some of
America's best public arts and monuments, plus all the entertainment you could ever need.
The Top Ten Things To Do In Chicago
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile, is a section of Chicago's Michigan Avenue, running from the
Chicago River to Oak Street. It is Chicago's largest shopping district with a huge
choice of stores, restaurants, museums and hotels]
Several of the tallest buildings in the United States, including the John Hancock
Center and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, can be found here. Landmarks
also include The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and The Chicago Water Tower.
Located in Chicago's central business district, Grant Park is truly fabulous! It includes
Millennium Park, The Buckingham Fountain, one of America's greatest art museums
- The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum Campus. It is bordered by Michigan
Avenue and Lake Michigan. The park is home to excellent performance venues,
beautiful gardens, and superb public art works. Grant Park is a great place to walk,
with several miles of pathways. One of America's finest city parks, and a must-visit.
Created to celebrate the year 2000, but completed four years late, Millennium Park
cost the people of Chicago $475 million, and is probably the city's finest achievement.
It boasts four world-famous artistic highlights - the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate,
the Crown Fountain, and the Lurie Garden. Cloud Gate is often referred to as The
Bean, due to its amazing shape. The park also includes the famous interractive
Crown Fountain in summer, and Tribune Plaza Ice Rink in winter. Fabulous!
A 3,300-foot-long pier on the shore of Lake Michigan, in the Streeterville district. The
pier is among the most visited attractions in the United States and is Chicago's
number one tourist attraction. From here you can enjoy sightseeing cruises and Water
Taxi services. There are fireworks displays on Wednesday and Saturday nights during
the summer and Saturday nights during the fall. A major attraction is the 150-foot Navy
Pier Ferris Wheel. It operates year-round, and has 40 gondolas, each seating up to 6
Museum Campus is a 57-acre park near Lake Michigan. It is home to three of the
city's most famous museums - The Adler Planetarium;The Shedd Aquarium; and The
Museum of Natural History. The park is also home to Soldier Field football stadium.
Lincoln Park is a 1,208 acre park along Lake Michigan. It is Chicago's largest public
park, stretching for seven miles. It contains several museums and a zoo, plus
parkland, beaches, recreational areas, nature reserves, and harbors. With 20 million
visitors a year, Lincoln Park is the second most visited park in the United States.
Sports facilities include tennis courts, baseball areas, volleyball courts, a golf course
and golf driving range. There are also boating facilities, public art, and entertainment.
Visit Chicago's Beaches
There are twenty-four beaches in Chicago, along the shores of Lake Michigan.
These beaches take their names from the nearest street that runs perpendicular to
them. The most popular beaches are:- Montrose beach = Chicago's largest beach. It
is located in Uptown, and has the most parking space.of any beach in Chicago. North
Avenue Beach, located is considered by many to be Chicago's best beach. It hosts
international volleyball tournaments, and attracts thousands of sun worshipers.
Chicago is home to over 200 critically acclaimed theater groups, plus two of the best
classical-music orchestras in the world, dozens of fabulous jazz venues, opera, ballet,
contemporary dance, Chicago blues, house music, hip-hop, and more. The city also
hosts dozens of music festivals throughout the year.
Eat Drink & Be Merry!
Chicago features many restaurants in the city's various ethnic neighborhoods,
including Chinatown, Greektown, and Little Italy on Taylor Street and the Heart of Italy.
Devon Avenue hosts many Pakistani and Indian eateries. The Mexican neighborhoods
of Pilsen and Little Village are home to numerous exciting eateries. And of course,
there are fabulous steak-houses everywhere. Chicago also has thousands of great
bars, and fabulous nightlife.
Shop until You Drop!
Shopping in Chicago is fabulous. The Magnificent Mile is world famous, and rightly so!
But there is great shopping to found elsewhere too. Chicago’s Loop (Downtown) is a
shopper’s paradise. Check out State Street, where you'll find the legendary Macy's.
And don't miss the boutiques and stores of Chicago's various neighborhoods.
|Staying Safe In Chicago:-) Like all big cities, Chicago has its share of criminals. Here are some tips to keep you safe...
*Try not to stand out as a tourist; scam-artists and thieves target tourists, so try not to look like one! Don't wander around with a map in your hand!
*If you're lost, don't look lost! Look confident, walk like a local, until you can ask a cop or a store-owner for directions.
*Keep your money and other valuables hidden; Thieves and pickpockets choose easy targets, so don't be one! Keep your stuff out of sight.
*Don't carry much cash, and be careful around ATMs; Thieves love cash! When you use an ATM, be aware of who is watching you.
*Stick to the main streets; If you're walking, especially at night, stay where the bright lights and the people are. Don't get isolated.
*Stay off public transportation late at night; A major key to your safety is not to get isolated and vulnerable to attack. Take a cab!
|Chicago Skyline at Sunrise. Daniel Schwen
Top Ten Must-Visit Cities In The USA