by Ilana Dorofeeva

In he middle of warm August 2011 I went to Chicago for the first time. The beauty of this city amazed me! I was visiting local hotels: Ritz – Carlton, Peninsula and Fairmont. I had a city tour with a professional guide, had an unforgettable time on the luxury dinner cruise and now I would like to share with you some interesting landmarks I had seen.

Chicago is the most architectural city in the USA. People say that Chicago is the city that works: People come to work here and it functions well…

Chicago was voted the best skyline in America!

Chicago has many different nicknames. The most famous one is Windy City and also often referred to as “the second city,” but to its citizens, it is second to none.

Magnificent Mile

There is nomore iconic Chicago Street than the Magnificent Mile. I was staying 
just around the corner, so I had a pleasure to enjoy the view and explore this amazing street.

Chicago’s most famous newspapers: Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune.

An ‘L’ – elevated train (also written, “L”, El, EL, or L) is the rapid transit system serving the city of Chicago and some of its surrounding suburbs.

If you are Chicago Bulls’ fan, Michael Jordan’s statue is where you need to be.

The Michael Jordan statue is one of Chicago’s favorite tourist attractions. I couldn’t wait to see this statue and take apicture with it. I am a bigm fan of this athlete. So my dream became true.

Wrigley filed (40 thousand people) is Chicago’s baseball stadium

Soldier field  –  Chicago’s football stadium

One of the nicest moments of the trip was ODDYSEY dinner cruise – Chicago’s Most Luxurious Cruise – Dining, Live Music, and Dancing!

Food and service was amazing and what a view!

It is offering the most sophisticated morning, afternoon and evening getaways – all for less than you’d imagine. It was so relaxing!

Willis tower  (old name Sears tower) – 108-story (tallest building in the USA). I couldn’t wait to see it in person after so many times admiring it on the TV. I love beautiful architecture!

Roy’s restaurant is where often goes Barrack Obama because of his favorite Hawaiian pineapple.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower: I had a drink on the 16th store and had a pleasure to enjoy the beautiful view and atmosphere.

The oldest church in Chicago – Old Saint Patrick church.

The Merchandise Mart – The biggest office building in the world (only 4 stores opened for public)

Lincoln Park Zoo: Chicago invites to their Zoo for FREE! You can have a great time there with your family or friends.

The Loop: The Loop or the Chicago Loop is the historic commercial center of downtown Chicago

The Institute of Art: The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is an encyclopedic fine art museum located in Chicago’s Grant Park. The Art Institute has one of the world’s most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Its diverse holdings also include significant American art, Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, Asian art and modern and contemporary art.

I enjoyed visiting this museum a lot. I saw so many works of brilliant artists like Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh etc. I even saw masterpieces of Russian painters like Vasyly Kandynsky and Marc Chagall.

Lakefront Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago.

Harpo studio Inc. is an incorporated US-based multimedia production company founded by Oprah Winfrey. I always wanted to see it!

Mccormick place – biggest conventional place in the USA.

Billy Goat restaurant – the World Famous Billy Goat Tavern, a Chicago legend.

SHEDD aquarium – The John G. Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago.

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and is the oldest in existence today.

Whatever your interest is – you will find it in Chicago, either it is food, art, architecture, music or shopping…

You need to visit Chicago at least once in your life!

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