Chicago started as a small trading post but it has boomed into a global center of culture and commerce. Chicago has always been driven by an unshakable optimism. The fire incident in 1871 destroyed half the city. The city seized this opportunity to reinvent itself. Recently, some friends of mine from CDM Waste Management visited Chicago and took in all that there is to see and do in the beautiful northwestern US city. What followed was the biggest building boom in the country’s history. This Windy City has a skyline that is beyond beautiful. Here are the top must see attractions in Chicago, Illinois.
Start your tour of the city at the Loop. It is Chicago’s central business district. The streets within this place showcase different architecture from around the world. From the cloud piercing towers to the first high rises in the world. Willis Tower was the tallest building in the world for almost 25 years. There is a historic theater district and an amazing outdoor sculpture which makes this place feel like a cross between a film set and a museum.
You can take a ride to the Skydeck but you might feel the building sway a bit in a windy day. You don’t have to panic about this because the building was designed that way. Here you can get a wonderful view of this beautiful city.
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile runs north from the Loop. Here you can even gaze up at more wonderful attractions from the School of Architecture. There are upscale boutiques around the Magnificent Mile where you can shop. When it is time to refuel, grab a taste of one of Chicago’s favorite – a deep dish pizza.
Winding between the canyons of steel and glass and following the South Bank of Chicago River, the Riverwalk offers you a relaxing change of pace from the bustle of downtown.
The Millennium Park used to be the site of car parks and railway yards, it had now been transformed into what is now known as the ‘future of parks’. At the centerpiece of the Millennium Park are the BP Footbridge and Jay Pritzker Pavilion designed by Frank Gehry. There are also some public sculptures here including the Cloud Gate, a stainless steel archway also known as ‘the Bean’.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The unique thing about this place is that its exterior is a work of art in itself. Set a day aside to explore this treasure house of Asian, American, and European masterpieces.
The Garfield Park Conservatory
This is most couple’s first date favorite and an inner city haven for nature lovers. Nearby is the Oak Park where you can step inside the home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. He pioneered a new architectural vision for the US for up to 20 years here.
The Unity Temple was completed in 1908 and it is widely known as the first modern building in the world.
Chicago truly lights up as the sun sets but don’t go to bed early because this city offers the best theater, blues, and jazz in America. Regardless of how windy the city maybe you will take away memories that will last you a lifetime.