Chicago this amazing metropolis
Thursday 05 October 2017
With Aer Lingus direct flights from Ireland to Chicago, this fascinating city is becoming more and more popular as a city break destination. With world-class museums and cultural attractions alongside thriving commercial and industrial ventures, Chicago is buzzing with energy. When one visits this city it is easy to undertstand why Frank Sinatra was moved to immortalize Chicago as "My Kind of Town."
What to see and visit...
Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline framed by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.
The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. A real treat for art lovers. Inside you'll see famous masterpieces like American Gothic, as well as the greatest impressionist collection outside Paris. Featured artists include Degas, van Gogh, Gaugin, Monet, and more.
Chicago is an exciting urban metropolis that offers a great variety of attractions, culture, art and architecture. Enjoy its beaches during the hot summers or cycle along the 7 mile bike trail neighbouring lush green parklands.
Millennium Park is one of the cities top attractions, this 25 acre recreational park is a collage of stunning art and architecture and often hosts outdoor concerts.
Getting around the city is easy with public transport options and taxis widely available.
Chicago is steeped in history, home to some of the hottest jazz and blues clubs. Combine this with its world-class shopping experience on the famous Magnificent Mile and historical State Street with its elegant stores including Macy's. Also the area renowed for its variety of restaurants.
John G. Shedd Aquarium is Chicago’s most visited cultural attraction. The aquarium is conveniently located in Chicago's Museum Campus, right next to the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium.
The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere located on top of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Skydeck Chicago attracts nearly 1.3 million visitors each year to its 103rd floor observation deck, which rises 1,353 feet (412.4 meters) above street level. You can step out onto the glass boxed ledge and look down the 1,353 feet above street level. Not for the faint hearted!
360 CHICAGO — with its one of a kind open air Skywalk; open until 11 p.m. daily. The fastest elevators in North America zoom to the 94th floor 1,000 feet (305 meters) Guests can enjoy a multimedia Sky Tour and can contemplate Chicago’s history on the 80-foot (24 meters) history wall.
Navy Pier is truly a city within the city. With shopping, restaurants, parks and gardens, museums, stages and attractions galore. For theatre lovers Navy Pier is home to the Chicago Shakespear Theater so check out the programmes. You can also hop on board a sightseeing or dining cruise. Choice is endless.
Museum of Science and Industry
The largest science center in the Western Hemisphere and offers visitors the chance to touch and interact with exhibits. Exciting, educational and fascinating.For a real eye-opening experience, watch an Omnimax show in Chicago's only five-story, domed, wrap-around theater.
These are only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to describing the diversity of cultural, historical interests and exciting activities to explore on a visit to Chicago, In fact with so much to do, it is a city to be revisited.