Set along the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with a population of nearly three million people. The city is well known for its cultural institutions, historic sites and diverse collection of heritage and modern architecture. With over 200 theatres, nearly 200 art galleries, and one of the world’s most picturesque skyline, it’s also a popular tourist destination attracting more than 45 million visitors each year.
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Soaring 1,450 feet (442 meters) meters over Chicago, the Willis Tower — formerly Sears Tower — held the title of the world’s tallest building from 1973 to 1998 when it was surpassed by the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. The building’s observation deck on the 103rd floor is a popular tourist attraction offering 360 degree views of the city and Lake Michigan. On a clear day, you can even see Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Cloud Gate (aka. The Bean) is a stainless steel sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor that sits as the centrepiece of AT&T Plaza inside Millennium Park. The 110 ton sculpture was inspired by liquid mercury and is one of the city’s most famous landmark.
One of Chicago’s top tourist spots, Navy Pier originally opened as a shipping and recreational/entertainment facility in 1916. Located on Lake Michigan, it has served many purposes throughout its history including a prison for draft dodgers during World War I, a Navy training centre in the early 1940s, and currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities.
Chicago boasts over 60 drawbridges including several crossings over the Chicago River connecting the River North and Millennium Mile areas with the downtown Loop. But it’s not just the sheer number of bridges that has earned the city the nickname of the drawbridge capital of the world. Chicago also boasts the most diverse collection of drawbridge designs and architecture including beaux-arts, art deco and modernism.
With an average of 1.7 million rides on a typical weekday, the Chicago Transit Authority operates America’s third largest largest public transportation system based on ridership. CTA’s train system is officially known as the ‘L’ (short for elevated) and serves over 140 stations including several stops along the downtown “Loop”.
Art Institute of Chicago
From street performers and music festivals to public art pieces and world renowned museums, Chicago is known for its thriving arts and culture scene. Art galleries can be found all over the city, but the Art Institute of Chicago is the most famous of them all holding over 300,000 works of art including one of a kind pieces by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.
Consisting of two corn-cob like towers, Marina City is a residential complex designed by American architect Bertrand Goldberg. The development was an ambitious project to create a city within a city aimed at reducing the number of downtown residents flocking to the suburbs and was the first of its kind for a mixed-use residential project. When it was completed in 1964 it consisted of a theatre, gym, swimming pool, ice rink, a bowling alley, stores, restaurants and a private marina for the residents.