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Sightseeing in Chicago - what to see. Complete travel guide

Perhaps, when someone mentions Chicago, we immediately think of the mafia. None of us will probably call Chicago one of cultural capitals of the States. However, the city has everything that a great cultural center should have. At least, its museums are surely worth attention of people who wish to relax. The museum campus, which includes Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Field Museum (museum of natural history), is extremely popular among children and the majority of adults. In museums of the city cover various themes. Here you can discover the history of surgery, architecture, art and culture. There is also a children's museum and Museum of Natural History.
Scenic parks and squares and lots of sports and leisure centers, thousands of shops, bars and discos - these are just a small part of entertainment options provided in Chicago. Fans of … Open
The cultural life of the city is truly rich in various events. Millions of people dream to attend Chicago festivals. Two grand jazz festivals and a blues one are among them. In addition to this, no other city of the US will even try to challenge the title of Chicago as the theatrical capital of the country. Pickwick Theatre located in Chicago’s suburban town Park Ridge is internationally famous.
Among the three largest parks of the city we should definitely call a great botanical garden that occupies the area of 120 hectares. Here you will find a unique island Japanese garden and a fragrant rose garden. The city’s marina and the local yacht club, a water tower built in the previous century and the highest building of the country named Willis Tower could have become the symbols of the city, but there are hundreds of other attractions here. Copyright
1. Travelers arriving by plane are recommended not to take a taxi. The easiest way to reach the city center and other areas of interest is Skytrain; it would save you from wasting time in … Open
Chicago is famous for its magnificent parks. There is the fascinating Millennium Park. It was founded several years ago. Today, this park is one of the largest in the city. It is a true masterpiece of landscape art. In the park, you can see incredible objets d'art and sculptures at each step. The park changes several times a year. On its territory, modern art exhibitions and other entertaining events are held.
When walking through the city, you can see a lot of interesting sculptures. The world-famous attraction is Cloud Gate. It resembles a big bean. The sculpture’s surface is made of polished metal. In the middle of the day, it reflects the buildings surrounding it. This original sculpture is one of the most photographed sites in the city.
Discovering the architecture of Chicago from bird's eye view! Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum, Wrigley Field, Buckingham Fountain, Trump Tower, Chicago Children Museum, United Center, all those monuments are defining the image of Chicago … Open
All fans of painting will be definitely impressed by the Art Institute of Chicago. It was founded in 1879 and occupies the most beautiful historic building. The museum collection includes invaluable paintings of Renoir, Monet and Cezanne. You can also find here the famous works of Matisse and Picasso. Besides pieces of art, the museum also houses collections of unique old pictures and weapons. One of the most interesting collections includes pieces of African art.
The unchangeable symbol of the city is the famous Chicago Theatre opened at the beginning of the 20th century. Since its foundation, it has offered its guests a wide choice of interesting cultural events. Besides theatrical performances, different concerts, comedians and even magicians’ shows are held in the theatre. Now, its old building is considered as one of the most beautiful in the city. From the inside, the theatre has almost completely preserved its original interior.
Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field, Tribune Tower, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for Chicago … Open
Chicago is famous for its legendary skyscrapers, the most interesting of which is the Willis Tower. Since its construction and by 2009, it had been the highest building in the city. The skyscraper is 442 m high. It has 110 stories. The height of the skyscraper with antennas really surprises - it is 527 m high. To build such a high building, a special pillar system was created. The pillars are very high and reach the 90th floor, which makes the building so secure.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Chicago and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Chicago
♥   Shopping area ' Magnificent Mile' Chicago, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area 'Oak Street' Chicago, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Gold Coast' Chicago, 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Clybourn Corridor' Chicago, 4.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Michigan Avenue' Chicago, 4.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Chicago
♥   State Park 'Lincoln' , 4.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Wells' , 10.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Jackson' , 11.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Park 'Oak' , 13.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Recreation Area 'South Shore' , 14.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Chicago and around
♥   Art museum 'Art Institute of Chicago' Chicago, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Contemporary Art' Chicago, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Museum of Mexican Art' Chicago, 5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art' Chicago, 5.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture' Chicago, 6.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Chicago from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

John Hancock Center

From the series “Elegant Architectural Structures for Fans of Skywalks”
Such a life under the sky has some unusual features. For example, to find out the weather, residents of high-rise apartments normally call an employee on the ground floor. Travelers who plan to visit Chicago in the period from January to March, will have a unique opportunity to skate on the ice rink. It opens each winter on one of the top floors of a skyscraper. The skating rink is situated at 300 meters altitude that makes it the highest in the world. John Hancock Center is one of the few skyscrapers in the world, which in many respects is focused on tourists. … Read further

Rock-n-Roll McDonalds

From the series “The Most Unusual Restaurants of Fast Food Chains”
The hall of the restaurant is designed for 300 visitors. It differs incredibly beautiful design. The hall has been designed with a special Italian lighting system, it is equipped with large plasma TVs and is furnished with luxurious upholstered furniture with leather upholstery. Over the years, the restaurant's collection of artifacts has become so great that it was decided to allocate a separate pavilion for it. In addition to the personal belongings of rock stars and old records in the museum, you can see an interesting collection of photographs and even a collection of old cassette players. … Read further
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