Travel Guide Discover Chicago
Chicago is the third largest city in the US. With nicknames such as "The Windy City", "Chi-Town", and "Second City", It has been touted as having the first TV daytime soap opera ever to air in the United States. The program, "These Are My Children", was broadcast from its NBC stations making it the birthplace of TV soap operas. It is also home of the world's largest water filtration plant The Jardine Water Purification Plant. With its towering skyscrapers and modern architecture, this city may not make national or world headlines such as New York City and LA, but it most definitely shares in on world and national titles to boast.
This Midwestern city is located on the southwest corner of Lake Michigan. Though not especially long, the Chicago River, known for civil engineering feats of the 19th century, is noted for the local custom of being dyed green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Chicago River flows through downtown Chicago and there are many ways to view its beautiful skyline, one being by taking an architectural boat tour. As you pass under bridges in the ambiance of honking cars and street horns you can observe some of Chicago's most historical works. Landmarks such as Marina City, which rises above the river like two 61 story corn stalks can be spotted right away, Or how about the NBC Tower a 40 story limestone-clad structure which gives homage to Raymond Hood's classic Art Deco RCA Tower at the Heart of New York's Rockefeller Plaza. The Sears Tower can also be observed at a wopping 1,454 feet, it is the world's second tallest building. Then, as you pass by West Wacker Drive, be sure to take pictures of this salient curved cluster of buildings with its green glass fascade, designed to reflect the bend in the river.
If this tour hasn't worked up your appetite, how does the world's largest free food festival sound? Chicago is host of one of the largest outdoor food festivals, its name appropriately being called, "The Taste of Chicago", millions of people from all over the world come to experience a taste. With its wide array of concerts, events and food, it is the quintessential attraction of summer in the "Windy City"!
Chicago is also home of Lincoln Park Zoo one of the world's last few free Zoos. The zoo houses 1200 animals representing 230 species. It includes a children's zoo, carousels and paddleboats. Lincoln Park is the only Zoo within the Chicago City limits. This free admission institution operates as one of the biggest zoo based conservations.
Transportation in this city is endless. Taxi cabs, metro trains, buses and free trolleys can get you far and all over the city. However, if you are a walker and more interested in a slower paced observation of the city, I recommend using your feet. Explore it amongst the locals and truly wrap yourself up in the essence of Chicago as there are various walking tours you can take advantage of. Be sure to visit the many art galleries and museums as they are engaging, inspiring and entertaining.
Chicago's Navy Pier and Lakefront boasts its most elegant features. Navy Pier has many shops and attractions and is home of the first Ferris wheel. It has two museums, an 18 hole miniature golf course, a ice skating rink during the winter time and a theater. It's beautiful view of the lake and outdoor eatery's is a perfect location to take pictures, lounge or dine. Chicago is indeed a charming city in its' own right. With a combination of history and class, this Midwestern city makes for a fine vacation destination.