Sweet Home Chicago!

Sweet Home Chicago!

Chicago, Illinois is America’s third largest city.  Situated on the pristine coast of Lake Michigan, Chicago has a proud reputation as one of America’s biggest, and most renowned metropolises.  The city is a plethora of skyscrapers, stadiums, restaurants, theaters, subways, parks, all held together by a massive lake and a winding river.

Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and the El.

Chicago is filled with some of the world’s most famous skyscrapers, not to mention some of the oldest.  Around the late 19th century, when major American cities were getting bigger in population, so were their physical structures.  In addition to the oldest buildings, Chicago is also the home of some of America’s tallest skyscrapers, if not some the tallest in the world.  The most famous of these buildings is the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower.  It stands at 108 stories and 1,451 ft. high.  When it first opened up in 1973, it was, at the time, the tallest skyscraper in the world.  Today, it is the seventh tallest building in the world.  It is, however, one of the most famous attractions in the city, and a symbol of Chicago’s architectural greatness.

“Red hots, get yer red hots!”

Food is an important part of Chicagoan culture.  Whether you are a true foodie, someone with a sophisticated palette, or someone looking for the chance to pig out, Chicago has got a little something for everyone.  For starters, Chicago is known for putting a rather decadent twist on everyone’s favorite foods.  Starting with their famous deep-dish pizza, which is made with a thick crust, layered with creamy cheese and sausage, and smothered in a thick tomato sauce.  Hot dogs in Chicago are literally “dragged through the garden” as they are piled high with every topping you could find on a condiment bar.  And then, there’s the Italian beef sandwich which combines thinly sliced roast beef, soaked in au jus, and topped with a spicy medley of pickled vegetables.  If you are more prone to a fancier feast, Chicago has some of the best steakhouses in the country.  And since Chicago is the historic home to the former Stockyards, if you ask, “Where’s the Beef?”, someone will answer, “In Chicago!”

The Chicago Theatre

Entertainment comes in all shapes and sizes in this city.  The performing arts lays claim to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Second City Improv, numerous comedy theatres, and the birthplace of many famous actors and actresses.  Travel through the North Side of Chicago, and you’ll be able to spot many filming sites from the works of 80’s director, John Hughes.  In terms of music, Chicago is home to a rich jazz and blues culture that gave America a swinging sound, as well as the template for what would someday become The Blues Brothers.

Wrigley Field

The best seat in Wrigley Field!

Sports is practically a way of life amongst the Chicago faithful.  The city is home to not one, but two teams.  On the North Side, you’ll find the Chicago Cubs  playing on the hallowed grounds of Wrigley Field.  And on the South Side, you’ll find U.S. Cellular Field, where the Chicago White Sox play their game for their loyal fans.  Be sure to pick a side, as both fight for midwestern superiority.  There’s the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, and the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.  Even if you are not a sports fan, you’ll definitely get caught up in the sensation of some of the most loyal fans in the country.

Chicago, IL

On Lake Michigan…

Chicago is known by many as America’s “Second City”, not because it is the second largest city (that dubious title belongs to Los Angeles), but because after the city was rebuilt after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, it became the second version of the city built.  However, if you take a trip through this amazing city, you’ll see that there is nothing second-rate about this magnificent city.  Be sure to come with an appetite for adventure, because there is plenty to indulge in this city!  If there is one piece of advice I can give you, it is this:  DO NOT PUT KETCHUP ON A CHICAGO DOG!  Other than that,  Go Cubs/White Sox!

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I am a graduate of Stony Brook University, and I have a degree in History. I am an avid traveler, with an extensive knowledge of geography, a passion for photography, and a knowledge of animals too. I enjoy pop music of the 1980's, fine dining, movies, baseball, basketball, and rugby.
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