The Windy City’ as it is often called, Chicago is a destination known for its vibrant culture, exuberant nightlife and appetizing barbecues. With numerous attractions waiting on every street, for a traveler, Chicago offers unlimited exhibits. Nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan, this dynamic city is ideal for vacationers looking for adventure. Whether you’re enjoying a show at the Lyric Opera or walking down history lane at the Oriental Museum, here’s a list of the things you can do and the places you can see in Chicago –
· Spend a Day at Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park is a green and refreshing stretch of six miles, along the edge of Lake Michigan. Travelers always visit the park on a sunny morning to catch a glimpse of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lincoln Park Conservatory, two of the oldest landmarks in American history. Those who enjoy an outdoor experience, there are many things to anticipate – right from biking trails to playing fields.
· Visit the Art Institute of Chicago
This world class museum showcases a diverse collection of prints, sculptures, decorative arts, paintings etc. The main building was designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge in a beaux-arts style and measures around 400,000 square feet. The building also houses collections of post-impressionists including the famous 1884 piece ? Sunday Afternoon on La Grand Jatte’ by Georges Seurat.
· Catch a Game at Wrigley Field
Chicago is a city that is known for sports, with many enthusiasts who are passionate and quite frankly devoted to teams like the Blackhawks, Bulls etc. Sporting matches generally take place at different venues, one of the most famous being Wrigley Field that was built back in 1914.
· Eat Street Bonanza
If you’re visiting Chicago, you can’t miss out on the fast, friendly and trendy food trucks that serve hundreds of hungry locals. Whether you’re grabbing a patty from the Happy Lobster or munching on Babycakes, don’t forget to try out the savory delights at Yum Dum. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican grills, Don Rafa brings forth spicy and traditional flavors.
· Wander through Michigan Avenue
One of the most attractive and luxurious boulevards in American history – Michigan Avenue that is a shopaholic’s dream come true. The city’s famous Magnificent Mile is a part of Michigan Avenue that exhibits extravagant boutiques and modish galleries. Other attractions include John Hancock Center, the Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building.
· Science & Nature at its Best
Garfield Park Conservatory is a publicly owned botanical garden that is regulated by the Chicago Park District. The prairie like structure under glass is a design that was introduced by Jens Jensen. The conservatory consists of a Children’s garden, Monet garden and the elegant Demonstration garden.
· Architectural Delights
Rookery Building is a historical building that showcases incredible architectural design and a modest appeal. Designed by architects John Root and Daniel Burnham, the building was constructed back in 1888. However the interiors were remodeled in 1907 by Frank Lloyd Wright. This 12 storey building is a work of art that was named for the large number of pigeons that flocked the deck.
· Navy Blues
Another unique attraction is the Navy Pier, an amusement park opened in 1916 that was initially a shipping facility. This expanse of 50 acres contains concert venues, theatrical shows, gardens, souvenir shops and restaurants. The 150 ft Ferris wheel is a charming asset since it consists of an antique carousel.