Chicago has something for everyone — museums, gardens, sports and bars are some of the highlights. Here is the list of what not to miss while traveling with our bus tour to Chicago:
Millennium Park is home to some of the city’s most beloved sights, including Cloud. The Crown Fountain is another popular attraction: it features two giant block columns with video screens that display the faces of 1,000 Chicago residents. The faces change every five minutes or so, with water spouting out of puckered lips, and this can keep children entertained for hours.
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile stretches of Michigan Avenue, extending north from the Loop with big brand – name stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, as well as several smaller boutiques. Architecture buffs will also appreciate a stroll down this street, thanks to the eclectic collection of buildings found there. As well as world-class shopping, the Magnificent Mile is home to several top-notch eateries and luxury hotels.
Any fan of Saturday Night Live knows that Chicagoans take their love of sports very seriously, so for a real taste of Chicago culture, head north of the Loop to Wrigley Field to see “da Cubs” play. Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, will be playing host to Major League Baseball for the 99th season in 2011 – and to the Cubs for the 97th year.
The Navy Pier, a modest amusement park located in Near North along Lake Michigan. Finished in 1916, Navy Pier was used as a Navy training center for pilots during World War II and now features palm trees, fountains and several carnival rides (including a 15-story Ferris wheel). Navy Pier is also home to the Chicago Children’s Museum, an IMAX Theatre and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
A trip to the top of the Sears Tower is one of the quintessential Chicago experiences. Located in the heart of the Loop, this 110-story tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world. The Skydeck on the 103rd floor offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s impressive skyline.
This main downtown thoroughfare includes the Magnificent Mile, a stretch full of every store imaginable and several of the city’s landmark buildings.
Chicago’s landmark is considered one of America’s finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.
This modern arena replaced the old Chicago Stadium as home court for the NBA’s Bulls and the NHL’s Blackhawks. The United Center, home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, is the largest arena in the United States. Construction was begun in April of 1992, with the ribbon cutting ceremony being held on August 18, 1994. Since opening, the United Center has hosted over 200 events each year. Some of the events the United Center has been proud to host include the 1996 Democratic National Convention, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, U2 and others.
The Loop or Chicago Loop is one of 77 officially designated community areas located in the City of Chicago. It is the historic commercial center of Downtown Chicago. It is the seat of government for Chicago and Cook County, as well as the historic theater and shopping district
The neo-gothic tower’s signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Notre Dame, the White House and most recently, the Berlin Wall.
The Wrigley Building serves as the headquarters of the Wrigley (chewing gum) company and was built in 1920 by the company’s founder, William Wrigley Jr.
There are a lot of interesting places in Chicago that we are ready to show you! Follow our tour guide to find out about all that this wonderful city has to offer!