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Known for its cultural diversity, architecture and art, Chicago is also called the ‘Windy City’. The city is considered lucky to have marks of famous artists such as Dubuffet, Picasso, Miro and Chagall.
Climate and Best Time to Visit:
Chicago`s weather has been classified as continental and humid. The summers are hot with humidity level fairly high. Springs and autumns are pleasant with low humidity levels. The winters are very cold and snowy. The temperature in summer goes as high 75 °F and in winter it goes as lows as 28°F below freezing.
Major Attractions and Sights to see:
With a lot of sites related to art and history, there are also some other tourist attractions you would be interested in.
Art Institute of Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago has a great collection of artwork including sculptures, paintings, textiles, prints and photography. The institute is a world-class facility owing to its collections. The building of the institute was built in 1893 and designed by Rutan, Shepley and Coolidge. Since then, many more buildings have been added to the facility.
Field Museum of Natural History: Founded in 1893, the Field Museum of Natural History features almost 20 million specimens and relics. They cover a wide range of subjects like botany, zoology, geology and anthropology. Permanent exhibitions include cultures of North America, Central America, South America and Ancient Egypt.
Museum of Science and History: Dedicated to the application of industrial and technological development, the Museum of Science and History is considered the best museum in Chicago. The distinct feature of this museum is the ``hands on exhibits``. People are allowed to touch and interact with the exhibits. Moreover there is also an OMNIMAX theatre.
Oriental Institute Museum: The Oriental Institute Museum is dedicated to the art and archeology of the Near East. The exhibits include quarries from Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Sudan and Egypt.
Shakespeare Theater: The Shakespeare Theater has been built to portray Shakespeare`s style of storytelling. The facility has 500 seats in the courtyard theater and a 200-seat flexible black box theater.
Navy Pier: The Navy Pier is Chicago`s most popular tourist attractions. When it was opened in 1916, it was an amusement area and a shipping facility. Now the whole area covers about 50 acres and features various attractions such as gardens, parks, concert venues and restaurants. The 150 feet Ferris makes it easily recognizable from a distance. There is also an IMAX theater nearby.
Willis Tower SkyDeck: Want to experience the view of Chicago from a high point? The Willis Tower SkyDeck is around 1450 feet tall and the highest observation area is on the 103th floor at the height of 1350 feet. There is a glass box with glass floors that allow you to view the ground from under your feet. On a clear day with very good visibility, the view is visible up to 50 miles around the area and you get a bird`s eye view of Chicago.
Michigan Avenue: Considered to be one of the most attractive boulevards of the US, the Michigan Avenue has many attractions such as the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and Hancock Center. The road is also known as the Magnificent Mile which has various galleries, high-class shops and boutiques.
Shedd Aquarium: Opened in 1930, the aquarium contains around 30,000 sea creatures. It was once the largest aquarium in the whole world and recently it has had record annual visits, the most recent one was in 2007.
Lincoln Park Conservatory: The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a botanical garden located in Lincoln Park. It contains thousands of plants including seasonal flowers and tropical species all in a glass doomed structure.
Hotels and Accommodation:
Chicago, being one of the major cities of US, has no shortage of classy hotels. Here are some hotels you may be interested in:
Waldorf Astoria Chicago: The Waldorf Astoria Chicago features a very elegant design and theme. The rooms are stylish with fashionable furnishings. Previous customers have given very positive feedback due to its outstanding customer service.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago: The biggest upside to Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is its convenient location. All the popular restaurants shops and clubs are here. Moreover, the spa is a great place for relaxing. The rooms have elegant themes with modern updates installed such as LCD TVs and sound systems.
The Peninsula Chicago: The Peninsula features a Hong Kong`s multicultural theme with a touch of the Midwest. The rooms have a very comfortable theme; lavish furniture and all the modern luxuries such as a station that helps you manage temperature, lights and TV. Moreover, there is a fitness center, a spa and the Shanghai Terrace restaurant.
The Langham: This hotel just opened recently and already it has received very positive reviews. The location is very convenient and the service is also brilliant. The rooms are fitted with 55-inch TVs and washrooms have soaking tubs and rain showers. The on-site restaurant is also praised for its great services.