A dazzling skyline and Midwest hospitality make Chicago is one of America's best cities. But with a population of over 8 million people, Chicago is without a doubt one of the United States' most important areas, attracting tourists from all over the globe.
Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Chicago we see today rose out of the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This led to the amazing skyscrapers that make up the city, including the tallest building in the United States, the Willis Tower – which for 25 years, also laid claim as the tallest building in the world. Travelers can experience the building's soaring heights from the 103rd floor, which is 1,353 feet (412 meters) above the ground.
The nearby observatory at the John Hancock Center also provides a bird's-eyed view of the Windy City from the 94th floor. If visiting on a clear day, you'll be able to see four states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
At ground level, Chicago's neighborhoods provide plenty of excitement. The Loop, the city's central business district, is packed full of soaring buildings, restaurants, and shopping. For the discerning traveler, the Magnificent Mile offers a more upscale Chicago experience with plenty of luxury shops and fine dining. And the city's Uptown area is very popular with locals and visitors alike thanks to it's lively entertainment district packed with music venues and nightclubs.
Also not to be missed are the cultural experiences at places like the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Civic Opera House, and Lincoln Park Zoo.
And, if weather permits, enjoy Chicago's outdoor areaslike the iconic Grant Park, located in the Loop. Known as the city's “front yard,” the park hosts major events throughout the year like Lollapalooza, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and more.
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