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CHICAGO & BEYOND
With its stunning vista of towering skyscrapers, the modern-day city of Chicago little resembles that which is depicted in the gangster movies of the 1920’s and ‘30’s. Examples of how ‘The Windy City’ has been transformed can be found in the Skydeck Chicago, at 1,353 feet the highest observatory in the city, the Magnificent Mile’s parade of designer shops, and the brand new Chicago Riverwalk, which has sprung to life with wineries, cafes and local musicians performing on the south bank of the river.
Chicago takes great pride in its culture, with several museums including the outstanding
Art Institute of Chicago, rivalling any of its kind in the world. The internationally acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents more than 150 concerts each year, whilst more than 200 small theatre companies perform throughout the year. In contrast to the bustling downtown area, the tranquil parks and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan are just a few minutes away, whilst at night, it’s difficult to resist the lure of Rush Street’s jazz and nightclubs or the plethora of traditional American eateries.
Great for ‘Foodies’
Mention food in Chicago to those who have not visited and pizza may well spring to mind, and whilst the locals still take their pizzerias very seriously, the city has become exceptionally creative with its food scene. Indeed, the Mayor of Chicago was even able to attract the ‘James Beard Awards’, the Oscars of the food world. From Vietnamese pho to Mexican carnitas, from a chicken, apple and cranberry hot dog at ‘Hot G Dog’ to a 20-course meal spread over
3 hours at award-winning ‘Aliana’s’, Chicago makes it almost impossible to go hungry!
Sports Mad
Sports form a major part of the Chicago lifestyle and on any given day, it’s almost a certainty that there will be a sporting event that is taking place, so if you’re a fan of baseball, American football, basketball, hockey or soccer – ‘Chicago Fire’ play in the Eastern Conference of the Major League –
then be sure to catch a game.
Of the seven stadiums in the city, the most famous is Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team and the second oldest ballpark still operating in the US.
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