Chicago is known for its impressive skyline, beautiful architecture and, of course, deep dish style pizza. Visitors to the Windy City quickly find themselves exploring legendary landmarks and enjoying endless entertainment. If you are only in Chicago for a few days, here are five attractions that cannot be missed, from lavish botanical gardens to the city's renowned architecture. Make your adventure in Chicago one to remember and tick these items off your bucket list.
It would be hard to miss the Willis Tower, also commonly referred to as the Sears Tower. This soaring skyscraper is 442 metres tall and is officially the second-tallest building in the United States. Visit the Skydeck on the 103rd floor for sprawling city views but be warned, you may feel the building sway on a windy day. The brave can stand inside one of the enclosed glass-floor boxes that jut out from the wall to truly appreciate how tall the building really is.
Situated on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the city’s most popular landmarks. The pier has become quite the entertainment hub, with shops, restaurants, gardens and attractions at your fingertips. Stroll the magnificent waterfront, enjoy a slice of Chicago pizza, watch a film at the IMAX theatre or ride the Ferris wheel for stunning views. If you happen to visit in summer, you can watch the spectacular fireworks displays burst to life over the shimmering lake.
Spread out over 129 hectares, Grant Park is perhaps the city’s most famous open green space. The park encompasses a number of notable landmarks, including Millennium Park and Buckingham Fountain and contains three world-class museums. In the winter months, you can go ice-skating at the unique Skating Ribbon. The park also hosts some of the city’s biggest festivals, including the Taste of Chicago and the Grant Park Music Festival.
Found in the heart of Lincoln Park, the Conservatory is a botanical wonderland, housing a spectacular collection of exotic plants and tropical palms. There are four display houses to visit – the Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and the Show House. Throughout the year, the Show House display changes dramatically, acting as a stage for annual flower shows to present their blooms. The beautiful gardens provide the perfect respite after a busy day sightseeing in the city.
Chicago is a bustling big city known for its impressive skyline. One of the gems on the horizon is the Tribune Tower, often praised for its unique, eye-catching design. Its neo-Gothic style was inspired by European architecture and features flying buttresses, spires, grotesques and more. It stands at 141 metres and is believed to contain 120 stones from important locations all around the world, including the Alamo in San Antonio and the Great Wall of China.
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