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Colors of Chicago - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Chicago is a major cultural center; it is a beautiful and prosperous city with rich traditions. Many travelers associate this modern metropolis with music. Chicago is annually visited by hundreds of thousands of fans of jazz and blues. Fans of contemporary music know the city as the birthplace of electronic music; during a year, Chicago hosts music festivals of diverse specificity and scope. The classics is also adequately represented, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is considered one of the best in the world.
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 most ambitious and beautiful jazz festival holiday is Chicago Jazz Festival, which is usually held in summer. It features enchanting open-air concerts bringing together performers of world scale. Fans of classical music will like the Ravinia Festival that starts in June and runs until the end of September. It involves not only performers of classical music, but folk bands, ballet troupes and comedians. The permanent venue of this colorful festival is Highland Park.
Grant Park became a regular venue for another famous festival, Chicago Blues, which is traditionally held in May. The cultural calendar of Chicago isn’t limited to music events only; in mid-May the city hosts the Art Festival. This annual celebration is attended by about three thousand contemporary painters, sculptors and painters representing their best works to the audience. Interesting exhibitions and lectures, as well as fairs, where you can buy the most interesting and beautiful items, are held during the festival. 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
It is very interesting to visit the city at the beginning of July, when locals celebrate one of the most beloved national holidays, the Independence Day. All year long they prepare for the event, and then, for 10 days, Chicago shines with indescribable atmosphere of joy, fun and laughter. Ten-day holiday entertainment is very rich; every day of rest in this period would be unique and unforgettable. Chicago is home to many ethnic communities, and each of them has its own festival dedicated to the national culture. Celtic Festival, the Festival of African-American Culture and the Bud Billiken Day Parade are considered the most outstanding.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Chicago
♥   Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Chicago, 5.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Chicago, 5.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago, 6.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Shrine of St. Anne, Chicago, 8.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica of St. Hyacinth, Chicago, 9.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Shrine of the Poor Souls, Berwyn, 14.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Chicago and around

Rock-n-Roll McDonalds

From the series “The Most Unusual Restaurants of Fast Food Chains”
In 2005, the restaurant moved to a new modern building, designed in full accordance with classical traditions of the network. Since its opening, McDonald's is a permanent venue for interesting themed events. It has been visited by many celebrities, including Elton John and Colin Powell. Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's has been the most visited restaurant in the United States for many years and is among the top ten most visited restaurants in the world. … Read further

Skydeck Chicago

From the series “Breathtaking High-Altitude Observation Points with Panoramic Views on Cities”
The main feature is the so-called Ledge or four glass balconies set out of the facade. At a time, up to five people can stay on each balcony. They can see the huge city literally at their feet and make a lot of incredible photographs. One of the favorite entertainment options for visitors of the viewing platform is a commemorative photo shoot on a glass balcony. … Read further

Chicago Spire

From the series “Famous unfinished buildings ”
Series of disputes and disagreements both in the circles of architects and in the circles of the city authorities preceded the start of construction work. Many believed that such a high skyscraper would certainly attract terrorists. Therefore, the project of the building was changed several times. Construction work began in the summer of 2007. But it had to be stopped in January 2008. … Read further
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