Official language: English
Time zone: UTC-5 (summer), UTC-6 (winter)
Currency: United States dollar (USD)
In a fun park Navy Pier it is worth to go, among others, to Centennial Wheel, which is high for 60 metres merry-go-round, from which you can see the whole city. There are queues during weekends!
The best views in Downtown you will find in viewing points Skydeck at Willis Tower and 360°Chicago in John Hancock Building. It is worth to get tickets earlier via Internet.
The green heart of the city located between the shores of lake Michigan and skyscrapers in The Loop. You can lie there on the grass, do sports or visit a free of charge zoo.
The capital of Illinois state is not a typical tourist place. It is worth to spend in Chicago at least a few moments, as you can find there not only breath taking skyscrapers in business district, but also a beautiful lake, interesting museums and the best in the country hot dogs.
In Chicago it is very often windy, due to its location by the shore of the enormous lake Michigan. Typical for the city weather is not a problem in Downtown – the centre is closed in with high skyscrapers. You can see there both historic buildings from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century (for instance Reliance Building, Wrigley Building), as well as modern skyscrapers that are symbols of the city (for e.g. Trump’s Tower, Willis Tower). The district is also referred to as Loop, since around it runs railways. Its main part is Mag Mile – Magnificent Mile – the exclusive part of Michigan Avenue with shining in sun buildings, the best restaurants and shops.
The city is famous for its rich cultural offer – it is worth to go Art Institute of Chicago with vast collection of pieces of impressionists. The Field Museum, in which you can see, among others, the skeleton of T-rex, and to a famous Chicago Theatre (old Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre), whose beginning go back to years of American prohibition. A must see is also Millennium Park, where is situated the symbol of the city Cloud Gate (known also as the Bean). This mirror statue in the shape of a bean is the most photographed spot in the city. Nearby there is a multi-media installation Crown Fountain – on huge columns there are displayed photos of faces of citizens of the city, and from their mouths flows…water.
What is worth to eat there? For sure Chicago-styled hot dogs in small bun with lots of additions. The best are in Portillo’s and in bars Gene & Jude’s and Jim’s Original (ask for Maxwell Street Polish – hot dog with sausage). The American classic is also pizza on thick pie (deep dish pizza) with lots of cheese and tomato sauce (for e.g. in Lou Malnati’s), as well as cheeseburger (for instance in Small Cheval). For a dessert try a cheesecake at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café.
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