Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago,United States

Considered the birthplace of skyscrapers, Chicago is the third most populated city in the United States, and it is a major industrial, cultural, and telecommunications hub

About Chicago, Illinois, United States

Popularly known as the Windy City, Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles. This destination along the southwest coast of Lake Michigan has a range of attractions, events, tours, and recreational activities. Additionally, if you like riding bikes, this city is ideal for you, since it has more than 160 kilometers (99.4 mi) of bicycle lanes.

Chicago is considered as the pioneer in skyscraper building, since the Home Insurance Building was built in 1885, the world’s first skyscraper. Today, you may find more than 1,000 skyscrapers in this city, including Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), the second tallest building in the United States with 110 floors and more than 400 meters (1,312 ft) of height. Enter this tower and visit The Ledge, a glass balcony located on the 103rd floor, offering a beautiful view of the urban landscape.

Another famous attraction in Chicago is Millennium Park, 10 hectares (24.7 acres) featuring several pieces of architecture and public art, as the Crown Fountain or the Cloud Gate sculpture. Additionally, several music and culinary festivals are held at this park in Chicago. If you are looking for art, the Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the biggest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art.

Known as the first free municipal cultural center, the Chicago Cultural Center is also one of the most popular attractions of the city. The center stands out for having the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world.

Travel on the Chicago “L” rapid transit system and see the great attractions that this city has to offer, such as the Water Tower, one of the most representative buildings of Chicago, one of the few that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Every year, during March, the Chicago River turns green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, along with thousands of people. Other attractions you can visit include Lincoln Park Zoo, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Botanic Garden, Navy Pier, and The Field Museum.

Chicago has a passion for sports. The city is home of seven teams in the main leagues of the United States, and some of the stadiums where they play are landmarks. The Chicago Cubs baseball team play at Wrigley Field, built in 1914, the oldest stadium in the National League. The Chicago Bears football team play at Soldier Field, located next to the shores of Lake Michigan, a dazzling combination of traditional and modern architecture. If you are a true fan of professional basketball, you have to visit the Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls national basketball team.

For shopping, you can go to Michigan Avenue, where you will find more than 400 stores on the emblematic Magnificent Mile. Nightlife and entertainment in Chicago have to do with blues music and theatre. With one of the most vibrant theater scenes in the United States, Chicago offers an electrifying mix of award-winner Broadway shows. Enjoy a theater play in one of the 200 theaters located in this city, highlighting Steppenwolf Theater, Goodman Theater and, of course, the Chicago Theater.

***The official currency of the United States is the United States Dollar (USD).