Chicago, the Windy City By the Lake

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Chicago is one of America’s top visited cities, offering some of the best hotel accommodations around.  Besides its outdoor activities on Lake Michigan some of the nation’s top restaurants, nightlife, shopping and museums are located here.   The beautiful cityscape views alone make it a destination worth visiting.  Lake Michigan offers an excellent summertime playground along with port access to the Atlantic through the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  The lake provides fun beaches in and around the city as well as several marinas for boating, sailing and a multitude of recreational water sports.

Visitors should be sure to explore the popular Navy Pier, and discover the thrilling rides, activities, dining, and shopping along the pier.  The pier includes over 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants and attractions.  Here you can catch various boat tours of the lake and aquatic activities.  You can rent a bike, skates,  or a Segway at the pier, or enjoy the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, musical carousel, old-fashioned swing ride, fun house, maze, an 18-hole miniature golf course, Children’s and Stained Glass Museum, and more.  Restaurants include the Riva Crab House, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

Chicago’s “Museums in the Park” are another main attraction of this city.  The Museums in the Park comprise a coalition of eleven of the most visited museums in the United States.  Around 8 million people visit these museums annually.  Located on the Chicago Park District property, in and around Grant Park and South Lake Shore Drive, the Museums include the popular Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science & Industry, Museum of Contemporary Art, and various other history, art, and culture museums.   While visiting the museums you can enjoy your stroll through the lake front park, with its beautiful fountains and other attractions like Millennium Park.

To fully appreciate this city many visitors choose to visit one of the city’s famous Skydecks and observatories to view the city from above.  Atop the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Skydeck Chicago attracts nearly 1.3 million visitors each year to its 103rd floor observation deck, which is 1,353 feet above the street.  The 110-story Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and is still one of the tallest buildings in the world.  On a clear day, you can scan the horizon to Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. For the best views you can step out onto The Ledge, a glass-enclosed balcony.  The tower is located at 233 S Wacker Dr.   As an alternative, Located at 875 N Michigan Ave along “The Magnificent Mile” district, the John Hancock Center Observatory offers views that are just as good from 1,000 feet.  You can step outside at 1,000 feet and find out why Chicago is called the windy city.  Also, you can take an elevator up to an even higher floor and enjoy the same views with a cocktail in hand.  Views also stretch across 4 states and Lake Michigan.

The Magnificent Mile district is a 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue with endless shopping, top rated international cuisine, theatre, shows, galleries, bars & clubs, dancing, luxury hotels, lively entertainment, nightlife, and majestic architecture.   The district features more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and plenty of unique entertainments and attraction.  Here you can find some of the best dining in Chicago.  Enjoy French, Latin, Italian, Asian, Indian, contemporary American, seafood, and some of the best steak houses in America.  Top rated Steak houses include Mike Ditka’s, Michael Jordan’s, Harry Caray’s, and various top national steak house chains like Morton’s, Smith & Wollensky, McCormick & Schmick’s, Mastro’s, Lawry’s, and Fleming’s.  Chicago is serious about their steak, so enjoy one of the best steaks you will ever eat.  In this district you’ll find some of the best Chicago hotels like the Fairmont, Ritz-Carlton, Walforf Astoria, Sofitel, Omni, Trump, as well as the Westin, Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriott, and the W Hotel overlooking the lake.

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