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Founded in the early 1800s, Chicago grew up with the country, serving as the
main connection between the established east coast cities and the wide open Wild
West frontier. This position on the sharp edge between civilization and
wilderness made the city into a crucible of innovation. Many aspects of modern
life, from skyscrapers to suburbia, had their start, and perhaps their finest
expression, here on the shores of Lake Michigan.
For visitors, Chicago offers the Art Institute of Chicago and a wide
range of excellent museums (many of which have one day of free admission
per week), restaurants, sports and highbrow cultural activities. However, its
strongest suit is live music, with a phenomenal array of jazz and
This family entertainment complex on Lake Michigan offers daylong fun with more
than 50 acres of parks and gardens, first-rate shopping, restaurants and
exciting attractions. Ride the 15-story Ferris wheel, watch world-class
performers at the Skyline Stage, and tour three floors of interactive fun at the
Chicago Children's Museum. For some culture amongst the
commercialism, check out the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. During the summer,
free entertainment is available on Dock Street. During the winter, rent skates
and take a spin on the open-air rink.
University of Chicago
The University of Chicago has done it all, from the birth of the atomic bomb to
the first living-donor living transplant to the birth of sociological study.
The school was founded by the lakefront in 1891 and houses a richly detailed,
gothic style campus. Take in one of many concert programs or events on campus,
or take a stroll through scenic Hyde Park, the beautiful old neighborhood that
engulfs the university.
Sears Tower Skydeck
While no longer the world's tallest building, the 25-year-old Sears Tower still
stands proud. High-speed elevators climb 110 stories to the observatory deck,
and when clear, the view from 1,454 feet can be stunning. Enjoy bird's eye views
of Lake Michigan, both the North and South Sides of the city, the surrounding
suburbs and, on a clear day, parts of Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. The
Skydeck Tour also includes a multimedia presentation and an exhibit with
information on the Sears Tower and other architecturally significant buildings.
John G. Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium
Nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan, this indoor aquatic world is home to more
than 650 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals
from across the globe. Explore Caribbean waters at the 90,000-gallon coral reef
exhibit, or watch whales and dolphins play during marine mammal shows. Eat at
Soundings restaurant, where you will find a panoramic view of Lake Michigan, or
in the Bubble Net food court. Aquatic souvenirs are available in the gift shop.