Emerging in a high jagged silhouette from the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago's skyline is a wonderful sight to behold.
The biggest city in the State of Illinois, Chicago needs little introduction as one of America's most famous midwest landmarks. Known affectionately as the Windy City, Chi-town and even, Second City, Chicago is hugely popular with visitors and no wonder as it is a destination with a vast number of attractions. T
he city was a hotbed of gansgsters in the 1920's with Al Capone as it's most infamous resident and, during the Prohibition era, Chicago boasted 1,000's of dangerous gangs. Today, the city is far too busy with its sporting heroes from the Chicago Bears, Cubs, White Sox et al to worry about the flaky past. Some of New England's most talented architects are responsible for an amazing array of buildings including the Wrigley Building, John Hancock centre, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and Trump Tower and, if you travel to the suburb of Oak Park, you can visit the home of the renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
A must see on any vistor's itinerary is a trip to Navy Pier. A pure pleasure place, Navy Pier skirts the lake shore and offers great diversion for all the family. Don't forget to visit Lincoln Park Zoo either to see the animals in a great naturalised environment.
If you enjoy art, Chicago will not disappoint. The Art Institute of Chicago is a superb gallery (2nd only to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City) where a world class international and national collection or art is displayed. Music lovers will be in heaven with the tradition of blues, jazz and hip hop and, easily accessible, hugely atmospheric club are dotted all over the city.
Chicago also has a great foodie culture and is proud home to the origins of the deep-pan pizza. Famous also for it's own type of hot-dog, food has embraced many different ethnic backgrounds and has many regional specialities.
A trip to Chicago is a pleasure to be savoured and, once tasted, you will come back for more!