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Chicago, Illinois, “The Windy City”, has the 3rd largest population of any city in the United States with its world famous airport, O’Hare International, being the 2nd busiest on the planet. The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the “Great Lakes” in the heart of the U.S.A.’s Midwest. Chicago is home to world championship sports teams, renowned architecture, a revered symphony orchestra and acclaimed theater. Visitors to Chicago can visit dozens of cultural institutions, historical sites and museums that call the city home. There are over 200 art galleries domiciled in The Windy City. One of the most extensive and important impressionist and post-impressionist painting collections can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago. The world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome may be viewed in the Chicago Cultural Center. The United States’ oldest public zoo, The Lincoln Park Zoo, is a Chicago institution and admission is free. The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) can be found downtown with elevators that transport occupants achieving one of the most rapid clips in the world. Navy Pier, 50 acres along Lake Michigan with parks, promenades, gardens, shops and exhibitions, a gathering place for Chicagoans and tourists alike, boasts a 15 story tall Ferris wheel, modeled after the first ever built for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.
Recreation abounds in Chicago. There are over 19 miles of bicycle paths that front the lake’s 26 miles of beaches. Participation in The Chicago Marathon or to “Bike the Drive”, a non-competitive cycling event held along Lakeshore Drive is reason enough for many visitors to make Chicago an entry on their list. The Chicago parks system maintains 8 public golf courses with many other privately owned links that make the city a favorite destination for golfers. Canoeing, Kayaking and Sailing along with Power Boating and Water Skiing are other recreational pursuits that find favor with visitors to Chicagoland.
There is something for every dreamer in this world-class location, picturesquely situated along the shores of Lake Michigan. A major financial center, top rated restaurants and an impressive skyline only enhance the resume of this incredible city that attracts visitors from the world over. Chicago, Illinois is a must on your list of dream destinations.
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