Chicago is the major metropolis of America's heartland, with
three million people hustling and bustling in the city of
skyscrapers that appears to rise straight out of the waters of Lake
Michigan, in northern Illinois. Once a gangster's hang-out
synonymous with infamous names such as Al Capone and Bonnie and
Clyde, the 'windy city' today has a squeaky-clean reputation as an
international business and commercial capital boasting an eclectic
mix of architecture, world-class theatre, art exhibitions,
fantastic music and super-enthusiastic sportsmanship.
Chicago emerged as a rough and tough survivor after being
destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871, and a huge influx of
immigrants from all over the world in the early 20th century
brought with them a determined spirit infusing the city with ethnic
diversity and the unmistakable sound of Chicago-style blues music.
Chicagoans have built a city that is to be reckoned with, boasting
soaring skyscrapers like the Sears Tower (one of the tallest in the
world); thriving ethnic neighbourhoods; a lakefront business
district, the re-energised downtown; unbeatable shopping along the
famed Michigan Avenue; and top-class sports teams.
One thing that does not attract visitors to Chicago is the
weather, which, because of its geographical location is breezy at
best, and freezing and gale-ridden at worst. It is possible to
ignore the weather though, especially in summer, when getting
caught up in the myriad of things to do, see and experience in this
Midwestern metropolis - there are 30 excellent museums alone.
“My top tip for Chicago would be to take to the water! The river boats operate like tour buses with some fantastic ‘hop on, hop off ‘stops. It’s definitely a great way to see the city from a different point of view. You can also take a stroll through the President’s and First Lady’s neighborhood and sneak a peek over the secret service barriers to the Obama family home. If you find yourself peckish, swing by the Frontera Grill, its owned by Rick Bayles, one of America’s many celebrity chefs and the ‘eggs plus menu’ is worth the wait!
And no trip to Chicago would be complete without learning more about its most tumultuous period – the prohibition era, during the twenties, a time synonymous with Al Capone, Speakeasy culture and the rise of the Untouchables. Try one of the many tours available.”
Jennifer Mulligan, Chicago
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