Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago IL, USA, - North America

By: Kevin Quinn

Chicago is one the largest and most populous cities in the United States and is the biggest city in the Midwest. It is located on Lake Michigan and is called home current President of the United States, Barack Obama. Chicago is a very diverse city and welcomes people of all ethnicities and religions. I can guarantee it will be one of the best cities you ever visit.

Tourist Attractions:
Chicago has enough events, museums, buildings, and parks to visit that most people who have lived here for their entire lives still have not done everything. For much of the past Chicago was known for having the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere which is now called the Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) which you can visit and take a trip to the top to look down on the beautiful city. Another place to observe the city from above is the John Hancock Observatory.
As for museums, Chicago has something for every type of person. Here in Chicago we have the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry which as an amazing exhibit about a captured German U-Boat from World War II. The list continues with the Chicago History Museum, the Art Institute, and the Field Museum.

Despite being a big city, Chicago has enough to keep even an outdoors type of person busy for months. Famous Millennium Park is a must for any visitor. Also, being right on Lake Michigan allows for beach goers, boaters, fishermen, and surfers to have a blast while having the gorgeous Chicago skyline in the background.
Navy Pier is yet another must for the tourist visiting Chicago. It has food vendors, shops, attractions, theatres, the famous ferris wheel, and much more. Even an afternoon stroll would amaze a visitor.

Chicago has some of the best food you can find in the United States. We can offer you everything from a Chicago Style hot dog to a cheeseburger you could die for. However, if there is one thing we Chicagoans are known for, it is our Deep Dish Pizza! It is the best and you have to try it to enjoy the full Chicago experience.
Chicago has a restaurant for every palate. In addition to a
wide variety of restaurant types we are home to restaurants that are famous throughout the country. Billy Goats Tavern gained fame from a bit done on Saturday Night Live, Ditka’s is owned by the old football star and coach Mike Ditka, and Michael Jordan’s Steak House is owned by the greatest basketball player to ever play the game, Michael Jordan!

Chicago is a huge sports city. We have one of the oldest NFL teams around, the Chicago Bears. One of the original NHL teams, the Chicago Blackhawks. Two MLB teams in the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. We also are home to the Chicago Bulls basketball team which was made famous by employing Michael Jordan. Even if you are not a huge sports fan if you could catch a home game to any of these teams you will not be disappointed. The energy and fun that Chicago fans bring to a sports game will make everyone in the building a lifetime fan. Attending a game will bring you into our family.

Driving is not recommended in the city. It’s not that it isn’t safe, it’s just a giant pain. Traffic and pedestrians make it difficult to get from A to B with any ease whatsoever. Not to worry though, the public transportation and taxi cab services in the city of Chicago are phenomenal. There are trains, buses, cabs, bicycles, Segways, and walking to get you where you need to go.

Chicago has an amazing nightlife. Whether you are into the club scene or would rather sip a beer in an Irish Pub, Chicago can accommodate you. Virtually every corner in every neighborhood will be a haven for good times and a party. To list them all would be impossible even for a tour guide but I promise if you visit, they will not be hard to find!

Fun facts and tips:
Chicago has been home to the World’s Fair on two different occasions.
Chicago is called home by President Obama.
The South and West sides of the city have the most crime.
Al Capone is buried in a suburb of Chicago.
Avoid rush hour (4:30pm-6:30pm).
The four stars on the city flag each represent a separate historical event.

Chicago welcomes you! Please come and enjoy all that Chicago has to offer and plan ahead. Chicago offers fantastic packages for tourist attractions, restaurants, and transportation. Consult travel guides, the internet, and the city website to help plan your visit. We can’t wait to wow you!!

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