Top Five Tourist Attractions in Chicago
The Windy City is one the largest and most amazing cities in the United States; it is also one of the most populous cities in the country following New York and Los Angeles. Originally founded during the very early 1800s, Chicago has truly grown in leaps and bounds over the past several hundred years. This city has many truly amazing and fantastic sites to offer the visiting tourist. From Sears Tower - one of the tallest towers in the world - to breathtaking museums, zoos and historical and ethnic districts that are definitely one-of-a-kind.
When you travel on vacation to a city that has the vast size as Chicago does, it is always wise to have a good idea of what places should not be missed. The following top five destinations would help you to better plan your trip to this amazing, destination city and cultural epicenter in the US.
Art Institute of Chicago:
This art institute is not to be missed and should definitely be at the top of your list of things to see and do when here. From Rembrandt to Monet, Picasso and many others; there are some pieces of art in this museum that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. This museum features thousands of art pieces that span the entire gambit. From Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, American arts, Asian, African and many more. Make sure you don't miss this place when you travel to Chicago.
Museum of Science and Industry:
Perhaps one of the largest museums of its kind in the US - with exception to the ones in Los Angeles and New York City - this place is just awesome; especially for kids! From a large heart that encompasses an entire room and is fully interactive, to the awesome 'Yesterday's Main Street' exhibit which will take you on a trip back in time to experience how the Windy City looked in the early 1900s. Make sure that you set aside enough time to catch a flick at the Omnimax Theatre, which features one of the largest viewing screens in the entire world.
One of the coolest and most ethnically and culturally rich portions of the city is very similar to those found in LA and NY. Travel down Wentworth Avenue and you will find yourself in a miniature China. From fish markets to wares peddlers to butchers and fine, exquisite restaurants, Chinatown is an absolute must-see when you are in Chicago!
One of the tallest buildings in the world, and what used to be the tallest for quite some time, don't miss the most fantastic views of the city ever. Riding in the elevators is crazy, as they are able to elevate 110 stories (1,450 plus feet) in just a few minutes. Once you are on the observation deck, looking down at the city below is quite a site to see. It is highly recommend that you take a guided tour of this building to really get an idea of its rich history and significance in this city.
Lincoln Park Zoo:
This huge Zoo was originally built in the late 1800s and is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. Noted as also one of the most popular zoos in the nation because it annually will attract more than three millions visitors. Experience amazing and well kept exhibits that offer thousands of different species and habitats. Make sure that you set aside at least half a day during the daytime to really see all that this zoo has to offer visitors.