6 Things to Love About Chicago
Chicago is more than just stuffed pizza, the Sears Tower and its crazy winds. There’s much more to love about this city that keeps on growing. If you’re going to be taking a trip to Northern Illinois, you might want to check out just a few of the six things you’re going to love about Chicago.
1. Millennium Park. Located near Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, the park encompasses the Pritzker Pavilion (an outdoor concert venue that seats 4,000), Harris Theater (which seats 1,500 people), and the Crown Fountain (designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa). Both parents and kids alike seem drawn to glass block towers at each end of the reflecting pool of the Crown Fountain, which displays a screen of Chicago residents spitting out water. There’s also the Lurie Garden, the Cloud Gate, and the BP Footbridge, among other attractions in the park.
2. Head to the Chicago River for river cruises and tours, such as the Wendella Architecture Tour, the First Lady Architecture Cruise, or the Shoreline Architecture Cruise. This area also houses the Centennial Fountain, a beautiful semi-circular fountain that cascades water into the fountain. Walk along the river with your family, friends, or your children on the Riverwalk, which contains several café’s and gives you access to water taxis.
3. Michigan Avenue. Head to the “Magnificent Mile,” Chicago’s famous shopping district. Littered with stores such as Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Tiffany & Co., you can’t go wrong.
4. Grant Park. The park is home to the Buckingham Fountain, the Lincoln Statue, The Spearman Statue, the General John Logan Statue, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Located on the Lake Michigan shore, the park’s meandering walkways, the park hosts the “Under the Picasso” multicultural program, which puts on performances and exhibitions during the summertime, amidst hundreds of sculptures by some of the world’s most noted artists. These include Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Marc Chagall. This park is adjoined with the above mentioned Millennium Park.
5. The Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium is home to 20,000 aquatic animals and 1,500 different species. It houses some of the most interesting exhibits, such as the Caribbean Reef, the Wild Reef, and the Tropical Water Gallery. The aquarium houses both exotic fresh water animals, but local ones too, including piranhas, catfish, iguanas and snakes. These galleries are separated by location (Asia, Africa and Australia galleries).
6. North Avenue Beach, located on North Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, boasts free Wi-Fi, the Castaways Bar and Grill, as well as jet ski, canoe and kayak rentals. The beach even has a unique beach house, giving one of the best views of the city. The beach house has upper decks and portholes to allow visitors to look at the beautiful horizon or a spectacular view of the lakefront trail.
Chicago has plenty to offer both families and couples. If you’ve got the time, explore the city to your fullest ability. There’s bound to be something that piques your interest or gives you just the amount of relaxation you need. There are no shortages of entertainment in the Windy City.