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.
4. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: Water Tower (Tower)
The Water Tower rises to a height of 160 feet (49 meters) between all of the city’s skyscrapers. The Gothic tower from yellowish limestone was built in 1869 and was one of the few buildings to survive the Great Fire of 1871. It is therefore one of Chicago’s oldest maintained constructions. With its numerous small peaks and turrets, the Water Tower resembles corny Walt Disney castle. The Pumping Station houses a visitor’s center with tourist information.
5. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: Old Town (District)
The Old Town is located north of the city center. The area was originally home to many German farmers before it later became a lower-income residential district with small houses and narrow streets. Today most of the workers’ houses have been restored, making Old Town a popular residential area. Especially noteworthy are Moody Church, a large Protestant brick-façade church, and Menomonee Street, which still contains historic houses from the time before the Great Fire.
6. Most Important Tourist Attractions in Chicago: John G. Shedd Aquarium (Aquarium)
The aquarium, which opened in 1930, is one of the largest and most frequently visited in the world. Visitors can expect various salt and freshwater tanks with habitats recreated true to the original. There is for example an artificial coral reef as well as walkways through the rainforest. Over 8,000 marine animals inhabit the underwater world, including sharks, dolphins and whales, but also ocean turtles, penguins and seals. Demonstrations take place on a regular basis in the large saltwater tank.