Today Chicago is a major industrial center. Every year millions of tourists come from all over the world. Mostly because of its main attraction: Lake Michigan. Beach vacation here is nicely combined with dynamic city life.
Indian tribes lived in today’s Chicago territory for a long time. Throughout the centuries the region witnessed wars and disputes between the natives and the European immigrants. Only in the late 18th century, a well-known agreement was reached: under this agreement the tribes granted the territory of the US including Chicago to the conquerors.
In the mid-19th century, Chicago was granted city status. The rapid growth of the city's economy led to the construction of the water canal, which was built due to the heavy labor of immigrants from different countries, mainly from Ireland. After a terrible fire in the late 19th century caused by climatic conditions, the city was almost burned to ashes. But this fire was a reason for a grand reconstruction and restoration of the city, which was built in a completely new manner.
There are lots of architectural monuments, museums, restaurants with world-renowned cuisines and beautifully designed beach area. Chicago is a perfect travel destination for tourists, who want to take it all from traveling.
Here are some of the most captivating and famous city sights.
1. Cloud Gate sculpture;
2. Magnificent Mile Street;
3. Lincoln Zoo;
4. Buckingham Fountain.
1. Cloud Gate sculpture. This unusual sculpture is located in the famous Millennium odes park. It has a mirror-like surface, and its shape resembles a bean - that’s why the statue was nicknamed this way by the locals. Cloud Gate is one of the most famous symbols of the city, which represents the gateway to its center.
2. Magnificent Mile Street. This street goes along with other world-famous streets like Fifth Avenue in New York or the Champs Elysees in France. It is located in the prestigious city part. Here you can contemplate the most expensive, chic and trendy architectural gems: hotels, restaurants, shops. Real estate here is for sale at sky-high prices. People visit this street to have a nice walk and to spend large amounts of money.
3. Lincoln Zoo. This park is considered one of the oldest in the country. It is located on the shore of the lake. In the zoo you will meet many tourists, but also many locals - the place is a great city sight. You can come to visit it anytime: the zoo has convenient working hours 7 days a week. If you enjoy excursions - there are plenty of them too. Animals live in the environment close to their natural habitat. They can move freely within the territory of the park and have hidden enclosures.
4. Buckingham Fountain. From afar such a great building resembles a wedding cake. Nevertheless, the architect had a clear idea: according to it, each fountain level (there are four of them) represents a state that surrounds Lake Michigan. And the water in the fountain represents the lake itself. On summer nights you can come to see fascinating light shows near the fountain. In order to create a festive atmosphere of Christmas in winter, the Buckingham Fountain is decorated with garlands.
Tour guides from Chicago will be happy to introduce you to this city more closely.
Chicago - is a large and prosperous city in the US. Here you can relax and get to know the culture of the country. There are a lot of entertainment options, many original architectural structures, and charming parks. Everyone can find something to get surprised at, even after visiting Chicago for a couple of times.