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Chicago, third largest city in the United States* and built on the shores of Lake Michigan, which may give reason why it is known as the windy city!

Jazz music and 1920’s gangsters make Chicago a famous destination to get the juices flowing about what it means to visit this amazing city.

It’s difficult to decide where to begin. From the soaring, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry’s swooping silver Pritzker Pavilion, high-flying architecture can be seen everywhere.

The pavements are filled with quirky public art; you might come across an abstract Picasso monument that is not only cool to look at but also allows you to climb on it.

Don’t forget the food too, peanut-butter-and-banana-topped waffles for breakfast, Chicago style hotdogs and deep pan pizza, true American food right there? Yum!

Check out our list of Top 10 sights in Chicago below!

North Avenue Beach

North Avenue Beach, dubbed “Chicago’s Nicest Beach,” is a popular swimming and sunbathing site with a variety of amenities close by. The golden sands of Lake Michigan may be seen in Lincoln Park, just a short drive north of the city centre.

North Avenue Beach has numerous volleyball courts as well as a road for running, cycling, or rollerblading that is lined with piers that keep the sand in place and form the scallop-shaped shoreline.

The beach, which also features a café and restaurant, offers breathtaking views of the cityscape and hosts a number of large festivals and events throughout the year.

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Chicago Water Tower

The turreted Chicago Water Tower, constructed by architect William Boyington and standing 47 metres tall (154 feet), was formerly an important part of the city’s water supply.

In 1871, a fire that began in Patrick and Catherine O’Leary’s barn quickly spread throughout the city, burning the whole business district.

As one of the few remaining structures following the devastating Great Chicago Fire, the Chicago Water Tower is a symbol of the city’s resiliency.

The magnificent limestone tower now houses the City Gallery, which exhibits works by local artists and photographers.

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Chicago Theatre

The renowned Chicago Theater, located just a short walk from the park, hosts everything from concerts and plays to magic shows, stand-up comedy, lectures, and sporting events.

The luxurious theatre is instantly recognised because to its lit six-story marquee, and it is undoubtedly a remarkable and magical setting to attend an event.

It was built in 1921 and has a stunning neo-baroque interior, with a magnificent lobby and galleries inspired by the Palace of Versailles.

Glistening crystal chandeliers illuminate the magnificent murals and gilded ornaments that adorn the walls and ceilings of its vast theatre.

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Wrigley Field

A trip to see the Chicago Cubs play baseball at the historic Wrigley Field a must for everyone looking for a bit of fun and an unforgettable experience.

On the North Side of Chicago, about fifteen minutes from the city centre, lies the country’s second-oldest ballpark.

It was erected in 1914 and is still decorated in the style of the chewing gum mogul. The park is known for its hand-turned scoreboard and landmark entrance, as well as the ivy-covered outfield walls.

You can go on fantastic tours that teach you about the team’s and field’s history in addition to viewing an exciting and atmospheric game.

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Field Museum of Natural History

The World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 paved the way for the establishment of the Field Museum of Natural History.

The museum began as a place to display exhibits from the World’s Fair, but it quickly grew into a collection of natural history relics and exhibits.

From a taxidermy collection of enormous creatures like African elephants to a comprehensive collection of Native American artefacts, the museum has something for everyone.

The most popular display among the museum’s millions of fossils is a 40-foot-long Tyrannosaurus skeleton, and many tourists believe that a visit to the museum would be incomplete without seeing “Sue.”

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Buckingham Fountain

The Buckingham Fountain, which is located in Grant Park and was inspired by the Latona Fountain at Versailles, was designed by architect Edward Bennett in the Beaux Arts style. The spray of the font is remarkable for its height, which can reach up to 15 floors.

The four water-spouting sea horse statues in the fountain are claimed to represent the four states that surround Lake Michigan, while the pool represents the lake.

The fountain, also known as “Chicago’s Grandest Spinster,” is a well-known Chicago landmark that has appeared in the title sequences of television shows such as Married with Children and Crime Story.

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Chicago River

The canal that runs through Chicago exemplifies the city’s essence better than any other feature. The city performed an astonishing engineering accomplishment in 1900 when it reversed the flow of the Chicago River. The water was diverted to the Mississippi River instead of Lake Michigan by the erection of a series of canal locks.

Today, the mile-long pedestrian Riverwalk, which runs along the river’s south bank as it winds through the downtown centre, provides visitors with a beautiful green space in which to wander and take in the views. River cruises are provided, providing historical insight into the city’s most famous landmarks.

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Millennium Park

Millennium Park had a reputation for delays and cost overruns long before it opened, having missed its target date by a significant margin. The biggest surprise, though, occurred when it was finished and turned out to be rather lovely.

It also features futuristic steel and glass sculptures, such as Chicago’s newest must-photo for visitors, The Bean (officially called as Cloud Gate), and the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion for outdoor performances, in addition to plenty of grass and open space.

In the winter, an ice rink functions as a skating rink, while in the summer, it doubles as an outdoor café.

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Sears Tower

Renamed Willis Tower in 2009, having lost its status as the world’s tallest building, the Sears Tower is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago.

Completed in 1973, the 108-storey structure features some of the fastest elevators in the world, covering as much as 1,600 feet per minute.

In just over a minute visitors can reach the 103rd-floor & to its excellent Skydeck where even on a windy day people can feel the building sway on a blustery day.

The Sky-deck offers of amazing views of Lake Michigan and glimpses of the states of Michigan and Wisconsin beyond.

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Navy Pier

Another must-see sight in Chicago is the beautiful Navy Pier, which extends into Lake Michigan providing a variety of fascinating and family-friendly activities. 

The kilometer-long pier is dotted with carnival rides, gardens, fascinating attractions, and plenty of restaurants and shops.

Along the pier, you’ll find everything from theatres and museums to public plazas and performance spaces, as well as a year-round calendar of cultural events and festivals.

Mini-golf and observation boats, as well as a tall Ferris wheel and a classic carousel, are all available to try.

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