Visiting Chicago? Let’s explore some Chicago landmarks, Chicago hotels and top Instagram spots you cannot miss.
Cloud Gate – Top Chicago Landmark
It’s incredible how something to simple can be so photogenic. Nicknamed, ‘The Bean’ or ‘Silver Bean’ Cloud Gate is the most popular of Chicago landmarks. You could spend 24 hours here and watch as the day is reflected in a distorted way. However, sunset and sunrise are the best times to visit when there is more color.
The Silver Bean is the centerpiece of Millenium Park. Walk through this piece of nature in the heart of the city whilst you admire the surrounding architecture.
At 442 meters, Willis Tower is the tallest building in Chicago. What’s more, it’s the second tallest building in the USA after One World Trade Center. Did you know you can visit the observation deck on the top floor for stunning views over Chicago?
Chicago Theater is the best place in Chicago to capture an iconic picture. If you’re impressed with the exterior, then the beauty of the interior will stun you. Chicago Theater rivals Palais Garnier in Paris for its elegance. Finally, check the Chicago Theater page to see what’s on.
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Chicago’s Wrigley Building is one of the Chicago landmarks which will grab your attention as you walk past. It was originally build as the headquarters of the company which brings us Wrigley chewing gum. Directly opposite is another famous Chicago landmark known as Tribune Tower.
Chicago Union Station
From the outside, Chicago Union Station is one of the most impressive train stations in the world. However, take a walk inside to discover the Great Hall. The Great Hall features huge columns and marble floors illuminated by brass lamps. Lastly, an interesting fact about this train station is that it’s the fourth busiest in the US.
Riverboat Architecture Tour
Chicago is a unique city where you can take a river cruise through the skyscrapers. Listen to the facts about each of the famous Chicago landmarks as you enjoy a famous Chicago riverboat cruise.
Trump International Hotel and Tower is a Chicago landmark that not only can you visit but also stay in. Additionally, photographers will love to capture this building with either city or river in the foreground.
Chicago’s waterfront features yet another Chicago landmark, the Navy Pier. Here you’ll find restaurants, shops, games as well as seasonal special events. Navy Pier is also an incredible photogenic place with the Chicago skyscrapers as a backdrop.
Deep Dish Pizza
Whilst visiting all these Chicago landmarks you may get a little hungry. The famous food of Chicago is the deep dish pizza. You won’t have any trouble finding a place serving delicious freshly prepared deep dish pizza as you explore Chicago.
Chicago is a city famous for gangsters. As a matter of fact, you’ve probably heard of Al Capone and John Dillinger. Take a gangster tour to discover how these gangsters operated in the city and where.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Visit one of the world’s largest contemporary art collections at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. As well as admiring artwork be sure to take your photo at one of Chicago’s top Instagram spots, the spiral staircase.
Finally… Peregrine Falcons
Did you know there are peregrine falcons living on the Chicago skyscrapers. From this altitude they can hunt any birds flying in the city. Keep your eyes open for any peregrine falcons hunting in the skies over Chicago.
Enjoy Visiting the Chicago Landmarks
I have only touched the surface with the Chicago landmarks. In fact, it would take weeks of vacation to truly discover the city of Chicago. When you discover more top Chicago landmarks, please let me know in the comments.
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