The heightened profile of Chicago in recent years saw it welcoming a whole lot more visitors per year. Indeed, there is much to discover with its iconic landmarks, green-initiatives, prolific landscapes and impressive architecture. Take your time to explore this city and fall under its spell!
A must-visit place is the Art Institute of Chicago. It boast a collection of more than 300, 000 famous art pieces, ranging from renaissance to contemporary. This premier art museum charges a general admission fee of between USD19 to USD25.
From the art institute, stroll to Millennium Park, the latest addition to the park system in the city. Unwind and picnic there, while admiring public art by the likes of Frank Gehry. Free concerts and events are often held there. You can also rent a bicycle although walking is preferred.
Other parks include Lincoln Park and Old Town, the city’s largest public park. Nearby stands Chicago History Museum. Chart the growth of Chicago and how it came to be. This museum contains more than 22 million artefacts, including Michael Jordan’s jersey when he played for the Chicago Bulls.
Experience the city’s strong sporting culture by watching a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Fans of Chicago Bulls can head down to United Center for an exciting basketball match.
Shop till you drop at Water Tower Place, home to iconic shopping malls in America like Nordstrom, Macy’s Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue and be entertained by performances in the Lookingglass Theatre Company. Relax at clubs like Andy’s Jazz Club and Blue Chicago and enjoy the blues music.
For food lovers, sample Chicago’s iconic foods like Wrigley, Frango Mints and make a trip to Bloomer Chocolate factory. The ribfest is also held every June. Savor barbeque ribs, one of America’s favorite dishes.
Places of worship include the Holy Name Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in Chicago. Marvel at the grandeur of the architecture of the church made out of limestone. Another place to visit is the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Partially funded by Czar Nicholas II, this church was built in 1903. Its octagonal dome and bell tower were influenced by Russian churches during that time.
How to get around
Getting around Chicago is easy. The El (elevated trains) is the city’s rapid-transit system. Fare cards can be purchased from stations. One, seven and 30 day passes are available if you intend to travel extensively. If you are traveling by bus, it is recommended to have a system map, or plan your routes before your trip. Bike rentals are available as well as Chicago is also a bicycle-friendly city. You may also wish to rent a car or take a taxi. Lastly, walking is an alternative but do be cautious and keep a lookout for traffic.
How to get there
Chicago is served by two airports: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. A cheap and efficient way is via the El if you are arriving from other US cities. Take the Blue line and alight at Clinton Stop, the closest el station to the city. Greyhound buses are another alternative but they take a longer time.
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