Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago (I)
Although Chicago is often called the “Second City” of the USA, it can easily compete with New York City. The city on the bank of Lake Michigan is not only one of the largest in the USA; it is also the economic and cultural center of the Mid West and one of the major transportation hubs in America. In this article we will review some of the most important tourist attractions in Chicago.
1. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: Willis Tower (Building)
The Willis Tower (Sears Tower) is the main landmark of Chicago. At 1,460 feet (445 meters) it towers over the city’s other buildings with impressive architecture featuring tiered structures at various heights. From its completion in 1974 until 1997 it was the tallest building in the world and remains the tallest building in the US today. The observation deck 1,352 feet (412 meters) up offers views over the city and Lake Michigan, while in good weather one can see as far as the Illinois countryside or Wisconsin.
2. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry (Museum)
The only building still in use from the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 today houses the largest science museum in North America. The museum, which opened in 1933, contains more than 35,000 exhibits. Special highlights include: a flight simulator from the Navy, the reconstruction of a coalmine, a German submarine and a walk-in model of a human heart. The interactivity of the exhibits means that a visit to the museum is ideally suited to the whole family.
3. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: Millennium Park (Park)
Millenium Park, opened in 2004 on 24.5 acres (100.000 square meters), is a unique combination of modern architecture, impressive sculptures and landscape design. The park’s centerpiece is the Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion, a band shell designed by Frank Gehry that is particularly noteworthy due to its huge rooftop constructed of folded and curved steel. Further highlights include the 50 foot (15 meter) high Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate, an elliptic installation of polished steel.