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7 Things to do in Chicago

Updated on January 22, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois, is the third most populous city in the United States. With a population of about 2.7 million inhabitants, it is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, printing, publishing and transportation. Chicago’s culture includes the visual arts, novels, film, theatre, especially improvisational comedy, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, gospel and house music. Some of the United States' tallest towers are located in Chicago; Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere after One World Trade Centre, and Trump International Hotel and Tower, the third tallest in the country.

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The Chicago River

Let’s start off with Chicago River. It is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of 156 miles. The Main Stem of the Chicago River flows west from Lake Michigan to Wolf Point, where it converges with the North Branch to form the South Branch, which flows southwest and empties into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Another prominent water body in Chicago is Lake Michigan. It is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States. Historically, the earliest inhabitants of this region were the Hopewell Indians. The lake got its name from the Chippewa word mishigami, which means “great water”. Lake Michigan is joined via the narrow, open water straits of Mackinac. It has a surface area of 22,400 square miles. Twelve million people live along Lake Michigan’s shores, mainly in the Chicago and Milwaukee area.


Millennium Park

No one visits Chicago without visiting Millennium Park. This is one of the most visited places in Chicago. The Millennium Park is the multi-purpose greenery located between Lake Michigan and Downtown Chicago. The thing with the Millennium Park is that you can visit every season of the year. In spring and summer, you have the greenery and flowers. In winter, you get to watch ice skaters. You can join them. In addition to that, there is always a big Christmas tree. There are benches in cool places where you can sit and take it all in. There is a theatre and music shell. If you are interested in artwork, you won’t be disappointed with the interesting sculpting in the park. Millennium Park has a good restaurant on the premises – you can’t go hungry. The cherry on the top of the pie is the view of Chicago’s skyline.


Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain, which is located in Downtown Chicago is a tourist attraction you’re likely to see in a horse drawn carriage. It is one of the largest fountains in the world. Its design was inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, France. You might feel connected to France while you’re here. The fountain operates from April to October. During the winter, the fountain is decorated with festival lights. The fountain is constructed of Georgia pink marble and contains 1,500,000 U.S. gallons (5,700,000 l) of water.


Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is a must see place in Chicago. It is a 1,208-acre park along the lakefront of Chicago. The park’s recreational facilities include 15 baseball areas, 6 basketball courts, softball fields, soccer fields, 35 tennis courts, 163 volleyball courts, field houses, a target archery field, a driving range, and a golf course. The park has a number of harbours with boating facilities. In addition to that, there are beaches, landscaped gardens, public art, bird refuges, a Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, and a theatre on the lake with regular outdoor performances during the summer.


Navy Pier

Another interesting place to see in Chicago is Navy Pier. It is located on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighbourhood of the Near North Side community area. The pier was built in 1916 at a cost of $4.5 million. You can visit the Pier at any season. During summer, there are fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights. In the fall, there are fireworks on Saturday nights. There are different shows organised at Navy Pier. The popular Chicago Flower and Garden Show are held at the Pier, as are many other fairs and expositions throughout the year.

There are also seasonal festivals for Halloween and Christmas. Children are not left behind in the fun; the Chicago Children’s Museum, which is a part of Navy Pier, has different exhibits and activities for children and adults. If you love theatre, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre performs here. You’ll see Pier Park, too. This is a landscaped area outdoors on the upper deck between the Crystal Gardens and the Pepsi Skyline Stage. The attractions there are the 150-ft tall Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, which has 40 gondolas, each seating up to 6 passengers; a musical carousel; remote controlled boats, a miniature golf course, the Light Tower Ride, and Wave Swinger, which is 40-feet high.


Wrigley Field for the Baseball Fans

If you are a baseball fan, you just might be interested in Wrigley Field. It is a baseball park located on the North Side of Chicago. Wrigley Field is known for its ivy-covered brick outfield wall, the unusual wind patterns off Lake Michigan, the iconic red marquee over the main entrance, the hand-turned scoreboard, and for being the last major league park to have lights installed for play after dark, with lighting installed in 1988. The area surrounding the ballpark contains residential streets, in addition to bars, restaurants and other establishments, and is called Wrigleyville.


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