Nicknamed the “Windy City” and best known for its towering skyscrapers, sports teams and unique style of hot dogs and pizzas, Chicago is the third-largest city in the USA. Located on Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest region in northeastern Illinois, Chicago is also home to many notable landmarks that include one of the world’s busiest airports, O’Hare International, as well as one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, the Willis Tower.
Chicago is a huge city with many ethnic neighborhoods and a buzzing downtown district that is quite walkable. A stroll downtown offers views of impressive skyscrapers, upscale malls, quaint shops, restaurants, bars, bakeries, pizzerias and numerous hot dog stands selling the city’s distinctive beef frankfurter served on a poppy-seed bun with pickle relish, tomatoes, onion and yellow mustard.
Rich in American history, Chicago has many historic sites including Old St. Patrick’s Church, one of the buildings that survived the city’s Great Fire of 1871. Another historic site, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, is worth a visit just for its exquisite interior. First opened in 1926, the theater still presents Broadway shows today. Chicago is a city with a vibrant art and culture scene with many prominent museums and live performance venues such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. Home to a number of professional sporting teams such as the Bulls, Bears, White Sox and Cubs, Chicago frequently has a game going on for its many sports fans.
Home to several major attractions, Grant Park is a huge, sprawling public park with beautiful gardens and recreational facilities as well as Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world. Also contained within Grant Park is the popular Millennium Park with its many artistic features and ice rink.