July 27, 2011

Chicago - attractions

Continuing our adventure through Chicago, this last post is about the most recommended attractions:
 - Check out the view from one of the city's tallest buildings: I went to John Hancock Observatory (the building has 94 floors), but they also recommend Skydeck Chicago (formerly Sears Tower Skydeck)
 - Go to: Shedd Aquarium, the largest in the world (I  didn't go because I am not a big fan, but people say it is a must for anyone who is in town!); Wrigley Field Stadium (Cubs baseball stadium); The Lincoln Park Zoo (one of the three free entrance zoos in the country); Art Institute of Chicago; the theater (Chicago is well known for its stand up comedies but you can also find attractions like musicals and Cirque du Soleil) and the Navy Pier (especially if you have kids, you can take them to the children's museum, theater and several other attractions)
 - Walk the Magnificent Mile. It's the nickname for the Michigan Ave, a beautiful boulevard, lined with shops and restaurants
 - Take a boat trip to know a little bit more about the city and its architecture

And finally, one of the places that I loved the most: Millennium Park (pictures below).
A public park (you can walk or ride a bike from Navy Pier) that has a huge structure called Jay Pritzker Pavilion, an open-air pavilion that during the summer offers free concerts for more than 11.000 people. This pavilion is connected to the other side of the park (Marina's side) by a bridge called BP Bridge. Both projects were designed by the amazing artist Frank Gehry (I'll talk about him soon). Close to the pavilion is the Cloud Gate sculpture, nicknamed The Bean, as it reminds you of a giant bean. Made of stainless steel plates (but you don't see any seams!), the sculpture reflects - perfectly - the images, and is one of the main city's landmarks.
Last but not least, you can also go to the Crown Fountain, a fountain with a huge LED screen that transmits images all the time and makes the joy of everybody on hot days.
As you can see, the park has attractions for a whole day!

Chicago should be in your list of cities to be visited. But plan your trip to spring/summer time because during the winter, due to the very low temperature, some attractions do not work. Have a safe trip!

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